MosaiK Choral Festival – Workshops & Concerts

February 19, 2014


This week, Harmonia Choir of Ottawa will host the MosaiK Choral Festival, bringing Canadian composer and choral clinician Brian Tate, to Ottawa for a series of workshops and concerts.  Choristers, music teachers, choral directors, and choral enthusiasts are all invited to attend.  This is a great opportunity to explore some wonderful repertoire on the festival’s theme: Voices of Planet Earth.

Thanks to a generous grant from the City of Ottawa, MosaiK is able to invite music teachers and choir directors to come and attend any of the workshops presented during the festival for FREE.  Guests will be asked to fill out a form and give some brief feedback on the event.

The main workshop, with all seven choirs, will be held on Saturday, February 22nd, 1-4 pm, at Ecole De La Salle (501 Old St Patrick) where the massed choir pieces will be workshopped. Please click the titles below for more information about these pieces that can easily be ordered through The Leading Note:

Mosaik by Stephen Hatfield (the festival commission from last year (recently published)

Yanaway Heyona (an Iroquois lullaby)

Om Mani Padme Hum (a Buddhist mantra in Sanskrit only just published this month)

Gently (Walk on the Earth) (brand new piece created for the festival – not yet published)

Other workshops will be held at St Thomas the Apostle, 2345 Alta Vista Drive:

Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:15 – 7:15 featuring Cross Town Youth Chorus, ages 5-15

Two Part repertoire: Klee Wyck, Monster

Thursday, Feb 20, 7:30 – 9:30 featuring Harmonia and Tone Cluster

SATB repertoire: Hold Me, Rock Me, Yemaya Asesu, Sakura by Ottawa composer Christopher Askwith

Friday, Feb 21, 7:30 – 9:30 featuring Nepean Choir and Cumberland Community Singers

SATB repertoire: We Are One, May I Be Still

The finale concert will take place Saturday evening at 7:30 pm, at Ecole De La Salle, featuring performances by each individual choir as well as a massed “MosaiK Festival Choir”. Tickets for the finale concert are $18 in advance at The Leading Note (please remember to bring cash for ticket sales), or $20 at the door ($10 students).

More information can be found on the festival’s website:

More about Guest Conductor, Brian Tate:

An award-winning composer and popular choral clinician,
Brian Tate
directs Vancouver’s 100-voice City Soul Choir and performs with his world music a cappella vocal trio “TriVo”. Brian’s compositions and arrangements reflect his love of world, roots, and gospel music, and many of his choral works are published and performed worldwide. Brian teaches singing and choir at Studio 58, Langara College’s professional theatre school. He also works with the Next Institute, teaching leadership skills through the medium of the performing arts.
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