The Ottawa Choral Society - Grand Music, Grand Passion, a Grand Tradition

Since its inaugural concert in 1941, the Ottawa Choral Society has evolved into one of Canada's most prominent symphonic choruses. The Society nurtures the choral arts in the National Capital Region, providing a performance platform for talented graduates of the city's youth choirs and experienced adult choristers.

The choir's repertoire ranges from the complex polyphony of the Baroque and Renaissance to the jazz-influenced rhythms and cluster chords of contemporary composers.  The Society supports the development of Canadian talent through  a commissioning program, choral bursaries, and its New Discoveries Auditions for Young Artists. 

2017-18 SEASON

We embark on a journey through sounds, styles, and eras as we celebrate Canadian choral music in October, explore the lyricism of the strings and voices in December, marvel at the depth of expression of Fauré and Goodall in March, and thrill to the masterful music of Mozart in June. Join us to be inspired, moved, and transported by the passion and dedication of the OCS singers.


Saturday September 30th, 1 PM to 4 PM
Kitchissippi United Church

Whether you are looking around for a new choral home or just looking for a great Sing, come to our Open House!

Read through the Mozart Requiem with us and learn more about the Choral Society. You might even ask yourself if we are a good fit for you and decide to book an audition. All voices and ages are welcome.


On stage with the National Arts Centre Orchestra for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on September 20th and 21st. 

A hymn to our common humanity in times of war and ethnic strife, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy remains as relevant today as the day it was first performed. The hope expressed in the chorus still resonates: that joy shall bind us together, though customs tear us apart. In an uncertain world, feel the uplifting power of Beethoven’s immortal Ninth Symphony.

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