Music at Rideau Park

 Music Ministry Coordinator

If you have any questions or would like to become involved in any of the programs listed below, please call Iain Macpherson at 613-733-3156, ext 223. or email

The Rideau Park United Church music library consists of over 450 choral titles, with multiple copies of each work.  The repertoire includes sacred, secular, ancient, and modern arrangements in unison, 2, 3 and 4 part settings.  To see a list of available pieces, please visit the Ottawa Choral Lending Library website (OCLL - Ottawa Choral Lending Library).  We do loan music (for a small fee) for use; if interested, please contact our Music Ministry Coordinator, Iain Macpherson, by email (email link) or phone (phone number, extension).

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choir2.gif 150x130 THE CHANCEL CHOIR is an adult choir which enhances the worship experience at the Sunday morning worship service. The choir supports the congregation in singing the hymns, sings anthems and leads the liturgy of the service. Special choral presentations in the fall, Christmas and spring are also presented. This choir is not auditioned and rehearses September-May on Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
See also: Choir Section Leads.

CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP TEAM: This intergenerational group provides music and liturgy for worship scheduled throughout the year. For more information, please contact the office at 613-733-3156 ext. 229.

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Children’s & Youth Choirs

KINDERPRAISE is for children up to the age of 3.  They meet every Thursday from 6:15 p.m to 6:45 p.m and are led by Becky Kurz (613-230-6259).

CHERUB CHOIR  Cherubs are ages 4 to 6 years.  They meet every Thursday night from 6:15 p.m to 6:45 p.m.  We learn secular (example: BABY BUMBLE BEE) and religious songs (example: JESUS LOVES ME).  Cherubs also use rhythm instruments and learn the values of whole notes, half notes and quarter notes in 4/4 time.
We celebrate every holiday with parties and costumes and fun, fun, fun!  We are not performance oriented, but do sing in church on Christmas Eve, on Mother's day, and on other occasions as asked by the Music Ministry coordinators. Led by Heather Ingrams (613-733-8471)

JOYFUL NOISE choirs for children meet each Thursday eveningin the lower hall. Singers in grades 6-12 meet from 6:15 - 6:45 p.m. and those in grades 2-5 meet from 6:45 -7:15 p.m. Led by Caitlin Tabbenor.  Joyful Noise starts rehearsing on Thursday, September 7th.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Iain Macpherson at 613-733-3156 ext. 223 or   

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Handbell Choirs

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Join a handbell choir for fellowship and fun!

LA BELL ENSEMBLE is an adult handbell choir that provides music for weddings and offers its gifts of music frequently out in the wider community. Practices are held on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m.  For more information please contact Marcia Gosse(613-731-2281)

TOUCH OF BRASS is an adult handbell choir that plays in church regularly as well as at special events in the community.  Practices are held Mondays at 7:15 p.m.  For more information, or to join, contact Marcia Gosse (613-731-2281)

RINGING PRAISE An adult handbell choir for beginners who are interested in learning to play bells. Practices are held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.  For more information, or to join, contact Marcia Gosse.

GRACE NOTES TEEN BELLS  is a large group of fun and diverse bell ringers in grades 7+. You will find us in the Sanctuary on Thursdays from 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. No prior music experience required – we will teach you everything you need to know to join in and ring the bells. This group loves exploring an eclectic mix of pieces (we have done ABBA, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Les Misérables) and we enjoy learning cool and interesting new techniques for making music. We share our music in the fall term at the Christmas Bell concert (beginning of Advent), the Christmas Pageant (December 15th) and on Christmas Eve. Everyone is welcome to take part.  For more information, or to sign up, please contact Andrea Laliberté, the director of the group, at 613-248-1283 or

 NOTE-ABLE SOUND CHIMES is a large group of enthusiastic ringers ranging from grades 2-6. We meet Thursdays  in the Sanctuary from 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. to have lots of fun while we learn about ringing chimes. No music experience is required – if you have hands and can count to 4, you can ring with us! We take on both popular and secular music and share our music in the fall term at the Christmas Bell concert (beginning of Advent) and on Christmas Eve. Everyone is welcome to participate. Our first practice will be on Thursday, September 12th.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Andrea Laliberté, the director of the group, at 613-248-1283 or  


More information on Bells and Chimes at Rideau Park

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Chancel Choir Section Leads for the Church Year

Again we are blessed with the fine voices of our lead singers whom you will hear in services and in concert this year. Each has a beautiful and stellar voice, bringing an abundance of musical talent and finesse to our music program. I encourage you to welcome them with loving support into our church family.


Caitlin Tabbenor is a soprano studying classical voice at Carleton University under the direction of  David MacAdam. Caitlin has always been involved with choral singing and presently performs in the Carleton University choir and their affiliated advanced chamber groups. She is also interested in popular music and collaborates with her peers in song writing and performing.

Leigha Magennis, alto, is a second year Bachelor of Music Student at Carleton University in the singer-songwriter stream. She grew up in Nashville, TN where she enjoyed involvement in both church and school performance choirs. In 2006 she was among a group of students selected from her high school to be apart of a choir that performed at Carnegie Hall.

   JANNICK     Yanik Gosselin, tenor, is in his fourth year of undergraduate studies in vocal performance at the University of Ottawa, studying with Sandra Graham. He has performed in the University of Ottawa’s opera productions for the past four years. In addition to opera, he is interested in recital repertoire such as English art song, German Lied, French mélodies, and Canadian works. Yanik has also sung with the University of Ottawa's Choral Ensemble and Calixa-Lavallée Ensemble, as well as with the Ewashko Singers. During the summer of 2017, he stepped in as interim music director for the Rockland community choir, Le Choeur du moulin. Yanik has been a member of the Chancel Choir since September 2016.


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