Vocal Tips, Techniques and Tricks from award winning choir The Stairwell Carollers and Director, Pierre Massie


Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas Mantra

Notre Dame Cathedral Ottawa

Pierre has written a brand new arrangement of one of the most popular carols on the planet. Carol of the Bells has always been a most requested Christmas carol at our concerts and our director/composer wanted to bring a fresh modern ring to this old Belle. In this episode of our Podcast, Pierre demonstrates the attention to detail all of our song rehearsals require to get that spot on timing and tuning of the chorus. You can use this one next time you meditate... on what to get everyone for Christmas. 

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About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie started our a cappella choir in 1977 while a music student at Ottawa University. The Stairwell Carollers are ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions.

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook sales.

About the podcast

From live rehearsal audio with The Stairwell Carollers, each Podcast is 7 minutes or less. 

For singers who want to improve performance - solo or in chorus. Warmups, ear training, rehearsal and challenging vocal gymnastics with Director Pierre Massie are fun and engaging. 

Live and fresh, the Choral Cacophony Podcast will help any vocalist develop their range, enunciation, breath control and vocal quality. Sound advice for singers who want to improve their listening, rhythm and pronunciation for songs in multiple languages. 

Practice along with the choir to improve your ear training and vocal technique, phrasing and tempo.

A new episode every Monday.


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