New RCM Voice Series: Special Offer
May 24, 2019

RCM Voice Series - Complete SetWe are pleased to announce that the Royal Conservatory’s 2019 edition of their acclaimed voice series is expected to be available by the end of June, 2019!

Featuring a refreshed selection of extraordinary Repertoire, Vocalises, and Recitatives, this series aims to build a solid foundation for well-rounded musical success by integrating appropriate technique at every level and promoting healthy vocal development in young students.

The new 2019 series includes:

  • An exciting variety of songs suitable for students of all levels, ages, and voice types,
  • A holistic approach to encourage best practices in singing, and
  • An online community with access to recordings.

We are pleased to offer a 20% discount on the Complete Set of the new 2019 RCM Voice series books. The 13 books in this set consist of:

Please click here to view the details governing the crossover period for the use of the 2012 syllabus to the 2019 syllabus.

This offer is valid until the end of August, 2019.

Please note that a $15 shipping charge will apply if you would like this set delivered to you (sorry, but we can’t afford to give you a 20% discount plus free shipping :-( ).

Choral Newsletter May 2019
May 13, 2019

Dear choral friends,

Happy spring! We hope that your choral season has been a great success and you are wrapping up or preparing for final concerts. The end of the choral season means that you can start looking forward to exciting plans for next season and, as always, your choral print music specialists at The Leading Note are here to help!

Order through the summer!

To be sure that you are not caught short at your first rehearsal this fall, contact us as soon as possible to place your orders. Let us know when you need the music to arrive to you and we will do everything possible to meet your deadline.
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Use our resources!

We would like to draw your attention to our invaluable Guide to Choral Music Repertoire which includes many resources to help you plan your choral programs. We will be highlighting the various parts of this guide in the coming months so you can have all the tools necessary to select your music. First up is a series of articles covering various aspects of choral music.
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Ever wondered how your choir can afford the newest and best choral arrangements?

Check out Jackie Hawley’s article explaining how to use sponsorships to build your choir’s library.



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Edition Peters Sale!

From May 13 to May 26, receive a 20% discount on all music from Edition Peters. If your choir is programming major works by Brahms, Bruckner, Verdi, Haydn or Bach, Edition Peters is one to consider. They also publish a few classic titles by Canada’s own Healey Willan, as well as more contemporary arrangements by Voces8, Jonathan Dove and select works by the ever-popular Ola Gjeilo.
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Music Library Sponsorship: Fundraiser and Community Builder
May 10, 2019

Jackie Hawley

This is a guest post by Jackie Hawley, who has been a regular contributor to Anacrusis, the official journal of the Choral Canada and current board member of Choirs Ontario.  She is the Founding Artistic Director of the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa and co-founder of the Nipiit-Katittut – Voices United (NKVU) educational engagement project.

Good ideas should be shared! Here is something that has worked very well for my choirs. I hope you will find this useful for your choir as well.

A few years ago, when my Cantiamo Girls Choir was quite new, we had a local business person offer to make a donation to the choir. We had not solicited this sort of thing at that time in the choir’s development so we were happily inspired to think about how we could recognize our supporters with more than a tax receipt. This person had a favourite piece that we had sung in our concert. I thought that it might be a nice idea to have the donation directed towards covering the cost of buying those scores for the choir. (Read more…)

Important Update: New Store Hours
February 15, 2019

An important message for our local customers here in Ottawa-Gatineau and anyone visiting us from out of town:

As many of our local customers know, the Elgin Street Renewal Project is now in full swing. While it is easy to access our shop via Gladstone and there is still ample on-street parking, some of you may feel less inclined to come downtown.

Anticipating less in-store traffic, we have decided to move forward with a pilot project to reduce the hours that our store is open to the public. This will allow us to maintain a balance between being available to our local customers, serving musicians locally, nationally and internationally via our world-class online store, and keeping the business healthy.

Beginning February 18th, our nominal opening hours will be:

  • Monday to Friday: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday: closed

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Drop Off Service to Ottawa Pianos
January 2, 2019

Introducing FREE DELIVERY to Ottawa Pianos

Not too keen to drive downtown during the Elgin St. reconstruction? One option is to have your order mailed out to you. However, we are now pleased to introduce another option – free delivery service to Ottawa Pianos at 1412 Bank St. (see map below).

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Drop Off Service to uOttawa Music Department

Introducing FREE DELIVERY to uOttawa School of Music

The Leading Note is pleased to offer a new free delivery service specifically for uOttawa students and faculty.

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New Christmas Gifts Are Here!
November 19, 2018

The snow is here, and so is our new Christmas stock! Check out some gift suggestions below for the musician in your life!

 Ornament Set - 3 Balls (Green, Blue & Red) For some musical flair on your Christmas tree, or decorations of any kind, check out these classic ball ornaments with a glittery musical touch! Made out of sturdy plastic, these ornaments are pet-and-child-proof! You can see our complete selection of ornaments here.

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NEW Teaching and Rehearsal STUDIOS Are Here!
October 5, 2018

We are pleased to announce that we have opened two new funky studios in the space adjacent to The Leading Note music store on Elgin Street! These studios are intended to be used by both teachers and all musicians looking for a place to rehearse.

Studio A:

Teaching/Rehearsal Studio A at The Leading Note
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