The Ottawa Chamber Music Society’s Music for All arts education and outreach initiative engages community members of all ages in a suite of profoundly enriching music experiences.
The arts are not for the privileged few but for the many. Their place is not on the periphery of daily life, but at its center.
John D. Rockefeller
Music for All fulfills the Ottawa Chamber Music Society’s vision “to deepen the experiences of audiences, reach a broader range of music lovers, and appeal to a more diverse public from all ages and cultures.” Whether on stage, in the classroom, or on the streets of our city, Music for All connects the art of music-making with the joy and beauty of life.
The Amateur Chamber Ensemble (ACE) Workshop at Ottawa Chamberfest is a unique learning experience for committed adult-amateur musicians. Applying to the workshop as pre-formed chamber ensembles, they receive mentorship, encouragement, and coaching of the kind otherwise reserved for university students or burgeoning concert performers.
The OCMS provides rehearsal space, instruction, performance opportunities, access to dozens of truly exceptional concerts, and a chance to meet other chamber music enthusiasts – all during the excitement of the world’s largest chamber music festival.
Bring the Kids!
Chamberfest’s visiting artists give fun, family-friendly, and interactive performances that teach young people about music-making in small ensembles.
An annual feature of Chamberfest, Rising Stars showcases Ottawa’s finest emerging talent and provides a professional performance opportunity within the context of Canada’s largest chamber music festival. Each young artist’s performance is judged by a panel composed of visiting artists. The two top performers receive a cash scholarship to continue their studies in music.
Rising Stars is produced in association with Nicole Presentey (Director of Chamber Ensembles, Carleton University) and the Gryphon Trio. Past laureates include the Cecilia String Quartet, Suren Barry (piano), and Anita Parry (piano).
Chamberfest in the City
Free performances that take place around the city during the August civic holiday (the first Monday of Chamberfest). Often presented outdoors, as street performances, these festival events bring artists and audiences together at Ottawa’s most compelling tourist attractions.
Music in the open air! Every summer, Chamberfest presents a series of free (and fun!) outdoor concerts at the National Gallery of Canada amphitheatre. Bring a picnic, some friends, and enjoy!
Presented as a series of free seminars during Chamberfest and our fall/winter Concert Series, Chamber Chats provide an enlightening forum for visiting artists, scholars, and educators to share their insights on the day’s musical offerings.
Health Arts Society of Ontario
The Ottawa Chamber Music Society is proud to be an Associate Organization of the Health Arts Society of Ontario (HASO). HASO was established in 2011 to provide audiences isolated from our arts community with the experience of enjoying professional performances in their own health care settings. As an Associate Organization, the OCMS supports the objectives and values of the Health Arts Society of Ontario and provides artists and cultural assets to the concert programs it presents.
For more information on our HASO partnership and scheduled performances, please contact the OCMS Outreach Coordinator at 613.234.8008 ext 258.
The Music for All annual Artist-in-Residence program places musical experiences at the centre of daily life. This year, OCMS welcomes the celebrated Afiara String Quartet to Ottawa. Our focus for this season’s program is on young music students, as well as on youth and seniors in resident care and facilities services.
Residency partners include SuzukiMusic Ottawa, the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre, Health Arts Society of Ontario, and the City of Ottawa.