The Chancel Choir

THE CHANCEL CHOIR is an adult choir that enhances the worship experience at the Sunday morning worship service. The choir supports the congregation in singing the hymns and 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 7:30pm-9:30pm.

The Chancel Choir has four Section Leads (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass). These leads are positions of leadership and we welcome the following for the 2018-19 season:

Jessyca Morgan is an aspiring soprano who is studying in the studio of Isabelle Lacroix while obtaining her Bachelor of Music at Carleton University. Previously she has studied in the studios of Christiane Riel at the University of Ottawa and Cara Gilbertson of The Bytown School of Singing. Jessyca finds great beauty in the performance of art song, especially the French School. A passionate choral singer, she is a member of The Cantata Singers of Ottawa (where she is also a Board of Directors member), Ottawa Choral Society and Rideau Park United Church, where she fulfills the duties of the Soprano Section Lead. Jessyca spent a part of her 2018 summer in Spain training with the Tallis Scholars and has been invited next July to work with the Voces8 Milton Abbey program in England. Jessyca will finish her degree at Carleton University in the next year, before registering for Law School.

Since singing in children’s choirs at the age of seven, Carmen Harris has enjoyed immersing herself in the world of vocal studies. She is currently completing her Master of Music at the University of Ottawa, studying with Christiane Riel. Carmen recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and a Post-Baccalaureate in Voice through the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, studying with Monica Huisman. Past performances include Susanna and Cherubino with the University of Ottawa, Musetta in La Boheme, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (2014), with Opera Kelowna, Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Venus in Orphée aux Enfers, with Manitoba Underground Opera, and Angela in Angela and her Sisters with the University of Manitoba School Tour. Besides opera, she has been blessed to tour throughout Europe and North America with ensembles and has sung as a soloist with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia. She is so glad to share music and fellowship with the Rideau Park United Church congregation!

Noah Bragança has been singing for the last 13 years as a solo singer and chorister. He has been a member of several choirs in his singing career, such as Saint Matthews Anglican Church choir, Canterbury High School Chamber choir, and was a member of the 2016 and 2017 years for Ontario Youth Choir. Along with Rideau Park, Noah has just recently joined the Ottawa Choral Society. Noah is currently studying classical voice and songwriting at Carleton University in the Bachelor of Music program and aims to specialize in composition and arrangement.

James Coole-Stevenson, baritone, is pursuing a double major in vocal performance and computer science, studying under John Avey. He has performed in the University of Ottawa production of Le Nozze di figaro (Antonio), the NAC production of Louis Riel and SOPAC productions I Pagliacci (chorus) and Cendrillon (The Superintendent). He has received numerous vocal awards, including the Evelyn Greenberg Trophy, Cyril Rickwood Cup, Chamberfest Rising Stars award, the provincial vocal prize in the ORMTA competition, the Schubert Scholarship and other distinctions.