Welcome to CVO

We love to sing and to share our music with you. We hope that you enjoy our site and that you enjoy learning more about us. 

Current Information

Normally, Coro Vivo Ottawa rehearses at Orleans United Church in Orleans on Tuesday nights from 7-9pm (and one Saturday per month also in Orleans).

In the current climate, this is not possible.

Currently the plan is to resume in-person rehearsals on September 14th. Of course, if we have learned anything over the last year and a half, plans may have to change depending on the current state of the pandemic as well as government legislation.

photo: Joan Fearnley

 

So, for the September start, we will be singing for one hour, 7-8pm. There will be singers masks provided at a nominal fee. There will be sign in sheets for each section as well as COVID-19 questions and hand sanitizer. There will be assigned seating that will be spread out at a required distance. We sing for the hour and then leave. Our usual friendly banter can be done distanced and outside. 

While this is not optimal, it is a beginning.

We look forward to welcoming our singers back and to welcome any new recruits as well. We have space for all vocal parts and encourage you to come and join us.   

 

 

More About Us

In September of 2020 we moved to hosting virtual rehearsal sessions in consideration for the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These rehearsals were popular and instructive and kept us connected to our choir community. The sessions were hosted by our Music Director, Antonio Llaca (M.Mus.) Tuesday evenings on Zoom and featured My Choral Coach for guided practice during the week. The virtual format continued into the New Year. In the spring we were hoping to take advantage of the weather and move Tuesday evening rehearsals outside to the Orleans United Church parking lot, but unfortunately that was not possible due to ongoing pandemic restrictions.

 

Coro Vivo Ottawa (CVO) is a community choir with a membership of approximately 40 members drawn from across the National Capital Region. Formerly Blackburn Chorus, CVO was founded 35 years ago and has evolved from a small group of amateur singers to becoming a well-respected concert choir in the area. CVO sings a wide range of music, from classical works to Broadway tunes. We  perform repertoire in various languages including English, French, Spanish and German. We encourage the professional development of local musicians by including them in our concerts as guest artists.

Our concerts endeavour to have our members and our audience discover a wide range of musical experiences.

CVO also values community outreach. Each year we perform for seniors’ homes, and other community groups. We have a long standing relationship with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) for which we have raised over $73,000.00. Our grand piano finds its home at Orleans United Church and is enjoyed by many community groups as well as for groups such as the Kiwanis Music Festival.