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DA CAMERA SINGERS

CONCERT CANCELLATION, MAY 3 2020

Dear valued patrons:

Since March 12 the Chief Medical Officer of Alberta has issued statements outlining increasingly strict risk management steps pertaining to COVID-19. These steps impact all planned events across Alberta and the world. Accordingly and with these important health measures and public health guidelines on managing COVID-19 risk in mind, and with respect for the safety of our performers and patrons, Da Camera has cancelled our May 3 concert.

The health and well-being of our patrons and choir members are of the utmost importance. As the situation changes updates and information will be posted on our website at http://www.dacamerasingers.ca/ and on our social media channels.

I’m sure that you were looking forward to enjoying the beauty and inspiration of our voices raised together in song as much as we were. The music will be all the sweeter when we are able to resume operations.

The necessity of cancelling events is going to impact the operations of arts organizations. We are grateful for your support and patience and thank you for your continued support of Da Camera Singers during this difficult time.

Laura Hawley, Artistic Director

Michelle Andrews, President

Da Camera Singers

Introducing Laura Hawley!

Da Camera Singers is pleased to announce that Laura Hawley has accepted the position of Artistic Director commencing in July 2019. Laura brings a wealth of experience and creative expertise to the choir and we are looking forward to working with her. Watch for updates about Da Camera Singers’ 2019-20 choral season including a concert on Saturday, November 2 when we will have an opportunity to welcome and introduce Laura to our patrons, and to thank John Brough for his remarkable 14-year contribution to the choir.

MEET LAURA HAWLEY, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – DA CAMERA SINGERS

Laura Hawley is a Canadian musician known for her compelling approach to musical leadership and artistic programming, multi-faceted community engagement, and distinctive compositional style.

Laura is thrilled to have accepted position of artistic director of Da Camera Singers (Edmonton), beginning in July 2019.  She is founding artistic director of Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir of Ottawa (2015-2019), and has worked with a wide variety of community-based choral and orchestral ensembles throughout Canada including CAMMAC, Music & Beyond (Ottawa), Choirs Ontario, Choir Alberta, Nova Scotia Choral Federation, and Choral Canada.  She was recently appointed singer, pianist, and featured composer with the Canadian Chamber Choir and is active as a clinician for groups across the country.   She is a founding pianist and associate conductor of the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa, and was their composer-in-residence from 2003-2017. From 2007 to 2018 she was Director of Music at St. John’s South March Anglican Church, leading the adult choir and establishing a thriving parish youth choir. In 2014, 2016, and 2018 she was nominated for the prestigious “Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting.”

As an internationally recognized composer, her works have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by many of Canada’s finest ensembles including Elektra Women’s Choir, Pro Coro Canada, Inuksuk Drum Dancers, Canadian Chamber Choir, Spiritus Chamber Choir, Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa, Halifax Camerata, and Shallaway Youth Choir.  Her setting of the French poem Au champ d’honneur is performed annually on national broadcast by the Ottawa Children’s Choir and Canadian Armed Forces Band as part of the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial. Her piece, Alhamdoulillah, became internationally famous when it went viral on YouTube with the title “Welcome to Canada Syrian Refugees” in December 2014. The Canadian Chamber Choir recently toured and recorded her multi-movement work, In Song, for mixed choir and instrumental ensemble with bass clarinettist Jeff Riley, percussionist Beverly Johnston, and violist Kieth Hamm.

While Ms. Hawley writes for many of Canada’s top performing ensembles, her unique understanding of developing musicians and sensitivity to a commissioner’s vision has established her as a widely sought composer for educational ensembles as well. As result, Laura has written a variety of instrumental and choral works for children, youth, and developing adult musicians; works that lend themselves well to educational growth.  Her works are published with Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing, Cypress Choral Music, and on www.laurahawley.ca (forthcoming).

Laura Hawley has taught at both of Ottawa’s universities as a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa in the position of Coordinator of the Solfège program at the School of Music, and at Carleton University School for Studies in Art & Culture (Music) as an Associate Performance Faculty Member (teaching classical piano) and Contract Instructor (teaching conducting and theory), and she is looking forward to teaching composition at Concordia University of Edmonton in the 2019-2020 academic year. She teaches piano, theory, harmony and history in her studio.

Ms. Hawley holds an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music and completed a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and Master’s in music theory at University of Ottawa.  She is currently based in Edmonton.

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