Hypatia's Voice Women's Choir

Region: Ontario
Hypatia's Voice Women's Choir

Profile Type: Ensemble
I Play: High voice


Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir of Ottawa, Ontario is an equal-voice choir known for its innovative programming and engaging, thought-provoking performances that draw enthusiastic responses from both the seasoned choral connoisseur and those new to choral art. Membership brings together professional singers, conductors, music-educators, university music students, and amateur musicians, who share a passion for excellent repertoire from a range of styles and time periods, beautiful performance spaces, innovative performance concepts, engagement of audience creativity, and exploring new levels of artistic potential as individuals and as an ensemble.

Founded in 2015 by artistic director Laura Hawley with pianist Claire Stevens, Hypatia’s Voice has collaborated with some of Ottawa’s finest artists including composer Christine Donkin, harpist Michelle Gott, clarinetist Shauna MacDonald, violinist Marjolaine Lambert, oboist Susan Morris, conductor Matthew Larkin, the Bel Canto Wind Quintet, and the Parkdale Orchestra, and has performed as guests of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Canadian Museum of History, the European Union, and Cantiamo Girls Choir. Hypatia has performed throughout the greater Ottawa area in various spaces including Ottawa City Hall, Dominion-Chalmers United Church, Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, the Canadian Museum of History, and the Almonte Old Town Hall. In 2018, Hypatia’s Voice welcomed Deirdre Kellerman as associate conductor.

Hypatia’s Voice places a strong emphasis on community connection and support through local collaborations and creative audience engagement. With each concert production, Hypatia promotes community building and audience support by sponsoring local groups to attend with a group discount, through maintaining a Director’s Circle list for local conductors, mentors, and supporters to attend as guests, and by connecting audiences with other fine women’s choirs by advertising recordings in our concert programs where audience members may hear some of the repertoire featured in the concert’s program. Hypatia’s Voice is a member of Choirs Ontario.

In 2018, Hypatia was granted a City of Ottawa Project Funding grant in support of a commission and concert production commemorating the 100th anniversary of Armistice.


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