About Rideau Chorale
Rideau Chorale was founded in 2015. The vision of the choir, in addition to promoting and presenting beautiful pieces of music to the community, is to provide mentorship and opportunities for choristers to develop their musical talents such as sight-reading and vocal performance, from beginner to advanced levels. The choir attracts men and women of all ages with a variety of musical backgrounds. We present our concerts at Southminster as well as other venues. Once known as the Ottawa Folklore Centre 'Tuesday' choir, Rideau Chorale has performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Fauré's Requiem, Handel's Four Coronation Anthems and Vivaldi's Gloria, among other amazing works.
Roland Graham, Conductor
A musician with an array of artistic talents, Roland Graham is an accomplished pianist, conductor, composer and impresario. He is the Director of Music at Southminster United Church, as well as the founder and Artistic Director of both the Doors Open for Music at Southminster and Concerts by the Canal series, as well as the Master Piano Recital Series. Roland has conducted the Rideau Chorale since its formation in 2015. He began his choral training as a boy chorister at St. Pauls' Cathedral in London, Ontario, and subsequently enjoyed formative experiences with the St. Matthew's Choir of Men and Boys, the Ontario Youth Choir, the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa, and various other ensembles in the National Capital Region. Roland holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Ottawa where he studied piano performance with Jean Desmarais, and a master's degree from the Université de Montréal where he studied piano interpretation with Jimmy Bière and Marc Durand.
Carson Becke, Accompanist
Carson Becke (www.carsonbecke.com) joined the Rideau Chorale as accompanist in 2019. He holds a doctorate in musicology from the University of Oxford and is the director of Pontiac Enchanté, a concert series in Quebec. He has performed worldwide and his recordings can be heard on Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube. He forms one half of Duo Octavian, a two-piano ensemble that he co-founded with fellow pianist Suren Barry in 2016. Duo Octavian seeks to expand the two-piano repertoire with their own arrangements of various works and with arrangements/commissions by other performers/composers. Carson is committed to raising awareness about climate change and other environmental challenges through music. He is enacting those ideas through his directorship of the Pontiac Enchanté concert series: environmental sustainability is one of the cornerstones of its mission. Carson lived in the United Kingdom for fifteen years: first in London, and then in Oxford. In 2019 he moved home to Ottawa, Canada, where he currently lives with his partner Madeline, and their dog Jerry.
Executive Board (2021-2022)
Robin Allison, Treasurer
Gregory Lopinski, Secretary
Linda Russell, Membership Coordinator
Liz Tromp, Chair