The genesis of the Ottawa Police Chorus in 1972 was driven by the vision of the Chief Leo Seguin to have a chorus available to perform at funerals and police functions. Originally, the Chorus was made up of male officers, actively serving with the sole criteria for membership being an enjoyment of singing.
Over the years, the face of the Chorus has changed as membership was opened to welcome both genders of serving and retired officers, civilian police personnel as well as citizens of the community. Today the Chorus, numbering 43, reflects the multicultural community served by the Ottawa Police Service. We celebrate the ongoing, active participation of three of the original members, - our own Three Tenors!
Our Mission lies in serving to enhance the image of the Ottawa Police Service through song. To accomplish this goal, the Chorus is privileged to sing at a multiplicity of events, large and small, throughout each year. Cultural events, entertainment at Retirement Homes, concerts, Christmas parties in the community, - together comprise what amounts to an interesting, varied and busy schedule. We are proud to join with members of the Ottawa Police Service at their community and service award ceremonies.
We are never more privileged than when we stand with other Police Choruses from across Canada, on the steps of Parliament Hill every September, to honor the sacrifice of fallen officers at the National Police Memorial. This Memorial, which began in 1978, continues to this day with 150 singers joining their voices in a show of respect alongside thousands of police and guests. The Ottawa Police Chorus is privileged to serve as organizers of the chorus segment of the programme.
The Chorus sings in four-part harmony, singing a varied repertoire of classical, popular and jazz, - some challenging and all rewarding. We are fortunate to have Geoff Linklater as our Director and Carol Gurofsky as our Accompanist. Both are very talented and extensively trained musicians.
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