The Reincarnation of the Ottawa Valley Music Festival

On February 25, the Ottawa-Gatineau chapter of CAMMAC unanimously agreed to create a new subcommittee — CAMMAC Ottawa Valley — that will continue the legacy of OVMF in bringing high-calibre music to the Valley. [CAMMAC is the Canadian Amateur Musicians / Musiciens Amateurs du Canada.]

Thanks to the efforts of Board members and volunteers over a period of 26 years, Ottawa Valley Music Festival presented many concerts and workshops and supported young musicians — a proud record. However, it became obvious in the past season that OVMF did not have the capacity to continue. As a consequence, we began discussions last December with CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau on how we might partner to realize efficiencies while continuing this tradition.

Rosalind Spencer and Michael Hoffman — OVMF’s 2018 chorus manager and stage manager — will serve as co-chairs of the new sub-committee. Plans are underway for a September 15 concert, with guest conductor Marg Stubington. The concert centerpiece will be Fauré’s Requiem along with works by Purcell, Ešenvalds and Gjeilo. For details on the concert and for Rosalind’s contact info, please go to https://cammac.ca/ottawagatineau/activities/#valley

On Saturday June 1, 2019, at 1:00 PM, the Ottawa Valley Music Festival will hold a final Annual General Meeting to begin the process of winding down the organization, confirming ways to continue selected scholarships, and transferring our assets. An email announcement — with location — will be sent out soon to all OVMF choristers and supporters.
For more information, please contact Gordon at gordonkh@magma.ca .

Sincerely,
Gordon Harrison, Chair of OVMF
Phone: 613-256-1487; email: gordonkh@magma.ca

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