History of the Kanata Choral Society

Since 1986, the Kanata Choral Society has been a part of the cultural scene in the Kanata region of Ottawa-Carleton. The SATB mixed choir, composed of approximately 40 members, gives 3 major performances each year and has taken part in other community events including "The Volunteer Recognition Award" ceremonies, "Unisong 2000" and Carol Sing at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church to raise money for the Heron Emergency Food Centre (HEFC). The choir also held a benefit concert for the new Kanata Hospice with two other choirs.

The Kanata Choral Society has established itself as a group of dedicated volunteers willing to work at their love of choral music to bring established and new choral works to audiences in the Kanata area. The singers continue to entertain audiences with a wide variety of choral repertoire from the Baroque period to contemporary music. The choir enjoys working with some of the region's finest soloists, instrumentalists and clinicians.

The choir in 2011 photographed by Paris Photography

Choir photo by David Thickett

Scott Auchinleck

Choir director Scott Auchinleck in 2013In addition to his duties as musical director of the Kanata Choral Society, Scott is currently Director of Music at Glen Cairn United Church. A native of Montreal, Scott holds a Master's degree in Choral Music from the University of Ottawa as well as degrees in Music and Education from Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec. He has worked with choirs and churches in the Montreal and Ottawa regions as well as the Eastern Township and Montérégie regions of Quebec.

Eliana Kurilov de Castro

Accompanist Eliana Kurilov de Castro in 2017Our accompanists is Eliana Kurilov de Castro. Brazilian-born, she is a classically and sacred trained musician with a dual Bachelor of Music degree from Conservatório Dramtico e Musical de Sao Paulo and Faculdade Teológica Batista de São Paulo - Brazil with concentration in piano and organ. She has many years of experience as a pianist and organist for soloists, adult choirs and worship services in many churches and conducting a kids choir. For more than 15 years, Eliana taught piano, organ and music theory at Faculdade Teológica Batista de São Paulo and was also the piano and organ accompanist for the University's Choir. During her career in Brazil, Eliana performed pipe organ concerts including pieces from Bach, Buxtehude, Haendel, Corelli, Vivaldi, Clerambault, Mendelssohn, Cesar Franck, Boellmann and others. In 2009, Eliana moved with her family to Ottawa where she started to play piano for church choirs and worship services. Since 2013, Eliana accompanies The Kanata Choral Society and also teaches piano at Ottawa School of Music.

The Kanata Choral Society is a non-profit organization supported by dues, ticket sales, fund-raising activities and contributions. Most of their music is obtained from The Leading Note.