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


The Director introduces Movable Do in a warm-up


Pierre leads choir in a Movable Do exercise

Link to short video of Movable Do Hand Signs

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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 6 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 challenging. 

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.


Director Tweets in Le Chant des Oyseaux

Rather than Twitter tweets, Renaissance madrigal bird tweets make up most of the lyrics in the song Le chant des oyseaux. Our director, Pierre, gives us direction in a particularly tricky section of the song and you'll get a taste of the intricacies of working this Renaissance madrigal by Clément ...