The chorus originated from a group of 12 west Ottawa women who asked Music Director Robert Dueck to form an all ladies chorus in 2011.
Word of mouth and local media helped recruit additional singers to the newly established West Ottawa Ladies Chorus(WOLC). From the original 12 voices the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus has grown to 35-40 members in any given term.
The chorus members share a love of music and a commitment to excellence.
Performances have become known for their creativity, diversity of musical styles and artistic excellence
A resident of Stittsville since 2009, Robert brings a wealth of music experience having directed several community and church choirs. He has the gift of choosing music that is both a pleasure to listen to and musically interesting for the choristers and audience. He is delighted to work with the spirited voices of the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus.
Striving to maintain the "enjoyment of singing" atmosphere as well as to aspire to quality and professional standards, he finds it a personally rewarding endeavour. Robert’s observation is that singing together creates friendship, harmony and mutual enjoyment. Rehearsals are a relaxed and pleasant means of developing these skills.
Robert’s music training includes voice, piano and conducting, but professes to be a self-taught musician who has received his best training from the choirs he has been fortunate to work with. It has been said of Robert that ‘he knows how to make each one of us fit in and shine, and how to do this with cheer and good humour. Rehearsals, as well as performances, are a thoroughly enjoyable mix of instruction, discipline, friendship and laughter’. His passion for choral music is experienced by singers and audiences alike.
Lanark-based jazz and blues pianist/singer Peter Brown has performed at the Ottawa jazz festival nine years running.. He has toured with Canadian blues legend Dutch Mason, American blues artist Sherman Robertson and with former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, and was the keyboardist for Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo for 17 years.
For many years, he has served as pianist/bandleader/arranger for the Mississippi Mudds theatre company in Carleton Place, accompanist for the Townsingers of Carleton Place and as pianist for the Stone Fence Theatre Company in Eganville.
His Peter Brown Quartet hosts two very popular monthly jazz nights in Carleton Place. He has released three jazz CDs under his own name, Marie-Claude, in 2002, Franklin Street in 2008, and Beautiful Love in 2014, as well recording with many other artists. His blues/rock band The Rockerfellas has just released their debut CD, The Rockerfellas in 2015.
PHOTO: Robert Dueck, standing; Peter Brown, seated