About the Ottawa Carleton Male Choir (OCMC)
The OCMC was founded in 1997 by Henk Huizenga. The Choir prides itself on bringing beautiful music to the community at our concerts and at a number of retirement home venues throughout the year.
The Choir is comprised of some 30+ men from all walks of life. We sing a variety of musical genres including classical, sacred, spiritual and secular works in several languages.
Our current Choir Director is Aude Urbancic. Past Choir Directors were Christina Stapper (1 year), Archie Smith (10 Years) and Margaret Van Dyk (10 Years).
The Choir has had the distinction of performing with many artists of note including virtuoso organist Andre Knevel from St.Catharines, ON., and the renowned organists Sander van Marion , Martin Zonneberg, Harm Hoeve and Choir Directors Martin Mans, and Freddy Veldkamp. Also musicians Liselotte Rokyta and Noortje van Middelkoop on Pan flute, all from the Netherlands. Also with several Male Choirs from the Netherlands, England and Canada.
OCMC has also completed several concert tours:
- In May 2002, the Choir had a 10 day concert tour in the Netherlands.
- In May 2007 the Choir celebrated its 10th anniversary with an exciting two-week concert tour to the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. This event also marked the retirement of Choir Director Archie Smith.
- In May 2011, the Choir had a 10-day concert tour to Nova Scotia and PEI. We sang at Oxford, Tatamagouche, Halifax, Truro and Charlottetown.
Through its concerts in past years, the Choir has contributed a total of $51,400 to various charities - Kidney Foundation, C.H.E.O., Perley & Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, Winchester Hospital, Bone Marrow Transplant Fund, Churches/Organ Building Funds, Operation Go Home, the Osgoode Township Care Centre, the Ottawa Rotary Home Foundation, the Gideons, Canadian Cancer Society, the Aphasia Centre, the A.L.S. Society, the United Ostomy Support Group, the Canadian Council of the Blind, the Salvation Army of Ottawa, the Palliative Care Outreach Program Ottawa, Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ryan's Well Foundation, TEMBO (Tanzania Education and Micro-Business Opportunity), Mental Health Association (Ottawa Branch), Ottawa Hospital Foundation towards Testicular Cancer Research in Memory of Robert Wubs, Ottawa Inner-city Ministries, Food Bank and Ottawa Mission.