Who We Are
Founded in 1982 by Barbara Clark, CM, the organization challenges the young people of the Ottawa region to attain excellence in vocal and choral performance.
The ensemble, is open to all individuals ages 15 through 25. Chosen by audition, the members must demonstrate a commitment to their art through active participation in planned rehearsals and performances, self-managed study of selected pieces between rehearsals, and working collaboratively towards the overall goals of the organization.
Through experiences with professional and more practiced artists such as the members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO), the Ottawa Choral Society (OCS), the Capital Chamber Choir and the Cantata Singers of Ottawa (CSO), choristers are prepared for a possible future within the diverse arts communities.
This organization believes that its longevity and current vitality is the demonstration of commitment to its goals, not only by its current members but also those who have gone before. Alumni, supporters, friends and family have coloured and shaped this organization over the years. We believe that everyones’ continued contributions are key to the organizations success.
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Our amazing musical team includes Jamie Loback, Music Director; Cara Gilbertson, Vocal Coach and Performance Specialist; and Aude Urbancic, Accompanist. This team is committed to mentoring and supporting our young artists throughout the experience…and many times beyond. Our ORYC Team is very serious about their role as Champions for both individuals and the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir as a whole within and throughout the community.
Jamie Loback, Artistic Director
Since 2005, Jamie has served as Director of Music at St. Joseph’s Parish where he conducts the church’s three choirs. The 2016-2017 season marks his fourth year as Music Director of the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir and his fifth year as Artist Director of the Capital Chamber Choir.
Jamie has conducted the ORYC in performances of Fauré and Mozart’s Requiems, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Mozart’s Mass in C Major and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass as well as several premieres of works by Ottawa-based composers.
Jamie was appointed conductor of the Ottawa Children’s Choir – chamber Choir in 2015 and conducted the ensemble in several appearances including the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial, a performance with The Tenors at the National Arts Centre, and as a guest of the Ottawa Choral Society featuring Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with renowned harpist, Caroline Léonardelli and celebrated mezzo soprano, Julie Nesrallah. In July 2015 he conducted the SATB massed choir for a performance of Morten Lauridsen’s choral works during the Music and Beyond festival accompanied by Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings chamber orchestra and in collaboration with Mr. Laurdisen. In July 2016, Jamie returned to Music and Beyond as the massed SATB choir conductor for the Music of Ola Gjeilo performance working in collaboration with the 2016 festival’s featured choral composer, Ola Gjeilo.
Cara Gilbertson-Boese, Voice/Performance Specialist
Cara is a performer, a lyric soprano, one of Canada’s immense talents. A Professor (Voice) at the University of Ottawa, Cara is a co-founder and president of The Bytown School of Singing. In addition, Cara holds the position of Artist in Residence at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Ottawa where she is a regular soloist with the Choir and Strings and also a Performance Specialist with the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, where she is able to impact the voices on both a vocal and choral level.
She has been a featured soloist with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Beach Chorale, The Mississauga Choral Society, and The Ottawa Bach Choir. Cara performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the NAC, under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, and has toured to Leipzig, Bayreuth, Vienna, and Salzburg with the Ottawa Bach Choir under the direction of Lisette Canton.
A small sampling of Cara’s other successes include Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), and Blanche de la Force (Les dialogues des Carmélites), and soprano soloist in Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass’, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Rutter’s Magnificat and Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Mozart’s Regina Coeli, Mass in C, and Requiem.
In addition to her performance schedule, Cara is in great demand as a voice teacher, clinician, and adjudicator.
Aude Urbancic, Accompanist
Aude graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Music degree in the spring of 2015. In July of 2015, she represented New Brunswick at the CFMTA National Piano Competition in Vancouver.
She is currently working on her Master’s in Performance at the University of Ottawa studying under Professor David Jalbert.
Aude is busy with classes, practicing and various performances.
In addition to accompanying ORYC, she accompanies the Calixa-Lavallée choir at the University of Ottawa and is the rehearsal pianist for the Ewashko singers.
Chair: Valerie Jerabek
Past Chair: Joan Broughton
Secretary: Stephanie Boileau
Treasurer: Blair Stannard
Directors: Heather Gordon, Kristen Jerabek, Allison Kennedy-MacDonald, Alice Yoch
Choir Manager: Ursula Wandeler
Choir Council – President: Ola Bourns
Choir Council – Vice President: Ben Buttera
Awards & Scholarships
The Ottawa Regional Youth Choir is pleased to be able to recognize both choir members and supporters every year for their various efforts in support of the choir and in the pursuit of choral excellence. Awards are generally presented in conjunction with the spring concert that winds up the choral season.
The Barbara Clark Scholarship: awarded to a chorister in support of continuing personal musical training (named in honour of the founding Director of the ORYC who led and inspired the choir for its first 25 seasons). It was first awarded in 1986 and is based on applications submitted by current choir members. View Recipients
The Brian Law Award is a peer-to-peer award given in recognition of contributions to the spirit and development of the choir. It is named in honour of a distinguished musician who encouraged the early development of the choir while also making major contributions to the music scene in Ottawa. Brian Law is currently living in New Zealand. It was first awarded in 1993 and is based on recommendations submitted by choir members. View Recipients
The Dorothy Gray Award is given in recognition of outstanding efforts on behalf of the organization. This award is named in honour of a long-serving volunteer member of the Board of Directors who also Chaired committees for our 20th and 25th Anniversaries. It was first awarded in conjunction with our 25th Anniversary in 2007 and is selected by the Board based on their own experiences as well as input other components of the organization. View Recipients
The Rich Little Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts: The ORYC has been pleased to collaborate with the City of Ottawa in the selection of two recipients of awards in support of further choral training from The Rich Little Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts. View Recipients
Recipients of The Barbara Clark Scholarship
2017 Philippe Wandeler
2016 Adele Marsland
2015 Renee Olo
2014 Brittany Clayton & Kristen Jerabek
2013 Ben Griggs
2012 Kaitlyn Lamont
2011 Seth Allison
2010 Louise Guolla
2009 Alana Sargeant
2008 Stephanie Boileau
2007 Jennifer Pelland
2006 Erin Puttee
2005 Lindsay Hercus-Cahill
2004 Jean-Pierre Dubois-Godin
2003 Anne-Marie Lozier
2002 Christopher Askwith
2001 Emily Tyson
2000 Tamara Beaudin & Angelique Constantinou
1999 Cassandra Yantha
1998 Jennifer Payette & Janice Ritchie
1997 Margaret McCarthy
1996 Jennifer Robinson
1995 Hisako Mori
1994 Jennifer Harkness
1993 Allison Bone
1992 Alicia White
1991 Stuart Gray
1990 Teresa (Teri) Dunn
1989 Jennifer Maines
1988 Katarina Papadolias
1987 Hilary Knox
1986 Timm Jodoin
Recipients of The Brian Law Award
2016 Sophia Siedlikowski & Adele Marsland
2015 Michael delMastro
2014 Ola Bourns
2013 Adriaan Witol
2012 Nikki Farris-Manning
2011 Stefanie Ligterink
2010 Kristen Jerabek
2009 Michael Griggs
2008 Louise Guolla
2007 Matt Callaghan
2006 Lauren Murphy
2005 Kristen Marshall
2004 Justine Spencer
2003 Katie Millar & Yuko Mitrovic
2002 Emily Berg
2001 Dan Valiquet
2000 Maxime Legris
1999 Jason Hirst
1998 Meredith Berg
1997 Shona Milne
1996 Jennifer Payette
1995 Madhava Enros & Mark Sundaram
1993 Hisako Mori
Recipients of The Dorothy Gray Award
2017 Bastian Kruidenier
2016 Stephanie Boileau
2015 Kristen Jerabek
2014 Merris Legris
2013 Betty-Jean Bone
2012 Dr. Marianna McVey
2011 Virginia Lackey
2010 Adam Smith
2009 Lauren Murphy
2008 Jean-Pierre Dubois-Godin
2007 Gabrielle Wilson
Recipients of The Rich Little Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts
2017 Abbigail Caplan & Aidan Saunders
2016 Ola Bourns & Philippe Wandeler
2015 Tessa Fackelmann & Matthew Li
2014 Emma Drinnan & Katarina Michalshyn
2013 Emma Hamilton-Hobbs & Philippe Blais
2012 Brittany Clayton & Kristen Jerabek
2011 Madeleine Busby & Stefanie Ligterink
2010 Jessica McClay & Julie Ekker
2009 Hayley Heaslip & Johnathan Bentley
2008 Michael Mackie & Jennifer Pelland
2007 Anne-Marie Lozier & Jaime McLean
Ms. Clark, CM, founded the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir in 1982 and retired as its conductor in 2007.
In addition to the ORYC she has been artistic director for UNISONG, the Niagara International Music Festival, and the Canterbury International Music Festival in England.
Amongst many other awards, in May 2001 Ms. Clark was honoured to receive the Order of Canada, in recognition of her service to choral music in Canada and in 2011, the ORYC was very proud to successfully nominate her for the Choirs’ Ontario President’s Leadership Award.
Sought after for her talent as a vocal clinician and music educator, she is a popular leader of workshops and music camps throughout Canada.
As Artistic Director of the Niagara International Music Festival and UNISONG, a feature attraction of annual Canada Day celebrations, she continued to encourage the development of choral music across the country.
Kevin Reeves was the Director of the ORYC from 2007 to 2012. Mr. Reeves succeeded Barbara Clark, C.M., founding Director of the ORYC. He brought his extensive and varied conducting experience to the choir, having founded Seventeen Voyces – one of Ottawa’s premiere chamber choir. He has led that choir on national radio and television, and was one of three conductors for CBC television’s Easter Sunrise in 2003. He has also prepared choirs for renowned conductors, including Trevor Pinnock, Franz Paul Decker, Lydia Adams, Jiri Belohlavek, Iwan Edwards, Robert Cooper, Jean-François Rivest and Pinchas Zukerman.
In addition, Mr. Reeves is a highly respected vocal coach. He has sung and toured as a tenor soloist and chorister with the Notre Dame Cathedral Choir; the Anglican Chorale; La Chapelle of Quebec City; the Winnipeg Singers; the Tallis Choir and St. Simon’s Choir of Toronto; the Cantata Singers of Ottawa; and St. Matthew’s Choir. His personal repertoire ranges from Monteverdi’s Vespers to Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and St. John Passion; Haydn’s Creation, and Britten’s St. Nicolas.
Kevin is President of Zephyrus Productions Ltd., which has won numerous awards for its television drama and documentaries. He is also a published author and caricaturist of note.
Marg Stubington, a native of Montreal, received a Bachelor of Music from McGill University (1984) where she studied piano performance with Tom Plaunt, choral arranging with Donald Patriquin, song interpretation with Jan Simons, and conducting. She held several church positions in Montreal as organist and choir director, taught piano, worked as accompanist, led a 100-voice children’s school choir, and taught music theory and choir at the Suzuki Summer Institute.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Education at the University of Ottawa in 1991, she spent several years teaching English as a Second Language, Workplace Education, and Adult Literacy. In 1995 Marg founded Vox Femina, a 40-voice woman’s choir. She has been the Artistic Director of Tone Cluster Chamber Choir and the Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus, and an instructor of music history and choir at the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy. Marg was Music Director at Glebe-St. James United Church from 2001 to 2007 and directed Musica Viva Singers from 2008 to 2012.
In Vancouver (2005), Marg was invited to be one of six guest conductors with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, under director Jon Washburn. She was Festival Women’s Chorus Conductor for GALA Chorus Festivals in Montreal (2004), Vancouver (2006) and Winnipeg (2010). In January 2008 she was Assistant Conductor for The Ewashko Singers for A Cole Porter Valentine: NAC Pops Concert.
As Director from June of 2007 to May 2010, Marg developed the KidSingers program, now a thriving children’s choir which is part of the Leading Note Foundation’s Orkidstra program. She has also worked as Music Director of the Canadian Centennial Choir, and of the Carleton University Choir. Aside from her regular conducting duties, Marg is a busy piano teacher, composer and arranger.
Marg served as Music Director of the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir from August 2012 to the Spring Concert, “Short and Sweet(s)”, in April 2013.