Introducing SiR – Sistema-inspired Resources
April 27, 2016

SiR - Sistema-inspired ResourcesSistema GlobalThe Leading Note would like to announce a partnership with Sistema Global to introduce Sistema-inspired Resources (SiR), a project that will be the most comprehensive source and creative hub of Sistema-inspired print music and pedagogical resources worldwide.


Sistema Global has long provided free repertoire and pedagogical resources meant for everyone in the global El Sistema community. To complement this, The Leading Note side of the project is intended to provide resources for sale that reflect the recommendations from a number of Sistema programs and their members. The resources on the SiR product page will consist of:

  • commercially available music from established publishers that has been proven to work for existing Sistema programs:
    • this evolving project will provide a forum for programs to recommend and share ideas about published works that kids love to play.
  • original compositions and arrangements in a wide array of styles (classical, jazz, world, pop, rap, etc.) that are suitable for Sistema programs:
    • this will encourage programs and composers to create a revenue stream by using the platform to sell their own successfully performed arrangements and compositions, and
    • it will include multi-level and flexible-instrumentation works that accommodate a wide range of ensembles.

A 15% discount will be offered to all programs registered with Sistema Global for all music on our site (in addition, a percentage of each sale will be donated to Sistema Global).

Please contact us if:

  • you have any recommendations for commercially available music from established publishers that you have found to work well for your group, or
  • you have any material that you would like to be sold through this site. Given that all copyright considerations are successfully met, all original music will be added to the SiR site and a percentage of the proceeds will be directed to Sistema Global.


Messiah 101
September 10, 2014

Messiah 101

Have you always wanted to sing Handel’s Messiah?

Messiah - Novello EditionStarting September 17, Alcorn Music Studios presents Messiah 101, a 12-week course to help you learn and master the world’s favourite oratorio. Led by choral director Elise Letourneau, this course will help you learn how to keep your place in the score, how to count in your vocal entries, how to listen to the accompaniment or other vocal parts for your note, how to mark up your score and more. Learn about important vocal techniques and choral etiquette to bring you up to speed for CAMMAC’s annual Come Sing Messiah event on December 5th at Dominion-Chalmers United Church.

Don’t forget to bring a copy of the Messiah vocal score, available at The Leading Note for $12.00 +HST.

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Musicians’ Mix and Mingle
March 1, 2014

Click for full size!The Leading Note is pleased to be giving a short presentation about our services and new website features on Wednesday, June 11 at the first (of many, we hope) Ottawa Church Musicians Mix & Mingle event (click the image for details). Please join us – all are welcome. It will be a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow church musicians from around Ottawa! The Leading Note will be on hand to demonstrate our new Guide to Choral Music Repertoire which provides many features for choral directors. The event takes place at Riverside United Church (Riverside near Walkley) starting at 5:30 p.m. Please share widely!

Unison Choral Festival: May 16-19 in Ottawa!

National Festival Showcases the Best of Canada’s LGBTQ Choral Scene

Unison Festival Unisson 2014Unison Ottawa 2014 is the fifth edition of a once-in-four-years Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer (LGBTQ) choral festival that will bring together choristers and other music artists from across Canada to the nation’s capital for the first time ever!

Unison Ottawa 2014, under the leadership of Artistic Director Kurt Ala-Kantti, offers a showcase of the cross-country LGBTQ choral scene, and artistic and social networking to choruses within Canada’s LGBTQ communities. The Leading Note is proud to be selling tickets for Unison Festival concerts and will be hosting a “Meet and Greet” event for choir directors and other artistic representatives.

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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. (Read more…)

Are you on our teachers’ lists?
August 21, 2013

Dear teachers,

Did you know we have a list of local music teachers on our website? We sincerely appreciate the support of local teachers; this list is one small way we can give back to help grow your studios!

Are you on our list? If not, this is a great time to get on board!

Send us an e-mail with your name, phone number, e-mail and other useful information about your teaching. What instruments do you teach? How about theory and history? What system do you use (RCM, Music for Young Children, Suzuki, Conservatory Canada, etc.)? In what part of town do you live?

As the new school year approaches, this is a good time for teachers already on our list to make sure your information is current and accurate. Check your listing under the appropriate instrument and contact us with any changes.

Best wishes for a successful season!

Jack Layton & James Wright’s “To Young Canadians” now available!
February 22, 2013


The Leading Note is very proud to announce the recent publication of James Wright’s “To Young Canadians” by Cypress Choral Music.

“To Young Canadians” was composed for The Leading Note Foundation’s OrKidstra program and was premiered at a ceremony in Ottawa’s City Hall on September 29, 2012 at which the Honourable Jack Layton was posthumously awarded the Peace Award. The Honourable Olivia Chow accepted the award on Layton’s behalf and attended the performance with MP Paul Dewar and other members of Jack Layton’s family.

“To Young Canadians” is a setting of Jack Layton’s final public letter to Canadians before his death in August, 2011. The text is a message of hope and optimism directed to the younger generations of Canadians whom Jack Layton so greatly inspired.  What better way to spread this message than through the universal language of music!

James Wright is an Ottawa composer and Professor of Music at Carleton University. “To Young Canadians” is arranged for SSA, SAB, or SATB choir with piano and optional strings. The premiere performance was conducted by Jeannie Hunter and featured soloist Jenna Glatt with OrKidstra, the KidSingers, the Cantiamo Girls’ Choir, the chamber choir of the Ottawa Children’s Choir, with composer James Wright at the piano:

The Leading Note has perusal copies of all three arrangements in stock. This work makes an excellent selection for children’s choirs or community choirs at any occasion to mark peace and social justice.

Ottawa Suzuki Strings offers Teacher Training Courses
February 11, 2013

In March, Ottawa Suzuki Strings is offering two training courses for aspiring violin teachers.

The first, titled “Every Child Can,” is Saturday, March 2. It is intended for parents, administrators, and teachers interested in the Suzuki Method. The course is run by Karen Michele-Kimmett.

The second course is run by Elayne Ras in two sessions, March 9-13 and April 12-14. This course will introduce teachers to the first book in Suzuki’s Violin Series.

Participants are required to audition. Please visit

For more information please contact Erin Macdonald.