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 choir, composed of approximately 45 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 as well as another benefit concert for the Kanata Food Cupboard.
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.
Students under age 25 may receive credits for joining the choir and special membership considerations apply to them.
Choir photo by Eric Castro
In addition to his duties as musical director of the Kanata Choral Society, Scott is currently Director of Music at Glen Cairn United Church and the Goulbourn Male Chorus. 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
Our accompanists is Eliana Kurilov de Castro. Brazilian-born, Eliana Kurilov de Castro is a classically and sacred trained musician with a dual Bachelor of Music degree from Conservatório Dramático e Musical de Sao Paulo and Faculdade Teológica Batista de São Paulo - Brazil with concentration in piano and organ, and a minor in voice. She has many years of experience as a pianist, an organist for soloists, adult choirs and worship services, and conducting children's choirs. In 2009, Eliana and her family moved to Ottawa where she started playing piano for church choirs and worship services. Since 2013, Eliana accompanies The Kanata Choral Society and also teaches piano at Learning in Harmony.