All Voices Community Choir (AVCC) is a non-auditioned community choir open to anyone with an interest in singing and social events. Started in 1977, we are the longest established choir in the west end of Ottawa.
Each year we hold our regular special events to learn, have fun, and make friends. Events include a costume party at Hallowe’en, a Valentine’s Day celebration, and musical retreat days once in each of the fall and winter sessions, with special activities for each choir. The Juniors and Teens’ retreats are half-days, on either a Saturday or Sunday, and the Adults’ retreats are most of a Saturday. We also sing in the community several times a year – anything from national anthems at sporting events to carol sings at local senior homes.
A group of singers of varying musical abilities, we rehearse weekly to prepare for the Holiday and Spring concert series held annually in December and May. The ability to read music is not required.
All Voices Community Choir is a not-for-profit social and cultural organization established to encourage the enjoyment, practice, development and performance of singing and music by its members and to perform musical functions for the benefit of the community. We will be community minded, welcome members regardless of musical experience and place equal emphasis on the social and musical aspects of making music.
The people who help keep the organization moving in the right direction
- President | Katie Hodges
- Vice President | Jacob Terkuc
- Past President | Scott Sheppard
- Treasurer | Karen Martin
- Secretary | Kristy Henry
- Librarian | Susan Lopez
- Communications, Marketing, Social Media Lead | Catherine Lynch
- Artistic Director | Linda Crawford
- Junior Coordination Team | Kelly Terkuc and Monique Beuree
- Youth Representative Lead | Maki Martin – with subcommittee members Keith Purvis and Hailey Blommesteijn
- Members at Large | Ryan Lindsey, Bryn Burnell
Scott Shepherd (Past President) An engineer by trade, Scott has been singing in various choirs in Ottawa for 25 years. He’s been a member of our Choir for the past 9 years. In his spare time he does musical theatre.
Linda Crawford (Artistic Director, board member) hails from Quebec City, where her studies were in Vocal Performance, Music Education, and Choral Direction. Some of her earliest memories are of singing in church choirs, school choirs, and community musicals. After 32 years teaching middle school music in Stittsville, she now enjoys having more time to both sing in and direct choirs, play her celtic harp, and hang out with her granddaughters!