About the Choir

Musica Viva Singers of Ottawa is a 60 voice (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) community choir now in its 14th performance season.


Scott Richardson is active in the Ottawa area as a choir director and piano accompanist.

He is the Music Director of both Musica Viva Singers and Atlantic Voices: The Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa. Scott is the rehearsal pianist for the Ottawa Choral Society and has also accompanied the Carleton University Choir, the Canadian Centennial Choir, and the Ottawa Children’s Choir.  Scott also maintains a busy schedule of private teaching.  As an organist and church musician, he has held various positions in the Atlantic Provinces and in Ottawa, and is currently Music Director at Orleans United Church.

Scott grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and studied music at Mount Allison University.  His graduate studies took him in a different direction, however, and he completed a Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Ottawa.


Spring 2015

Find the Cost of Freedom

Through the ages, people around the world have raised their voices in protest against oppression.  Musica Viva Singers, under the direction of Scott Richardson, celebrate the power of freedom songs to help change the course of history.  The diverse program includes  music inspired by the American Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement and South Africa’s liberation struggle;  from spirituals and folksongs to opera; from the songs of Oscar Peterson and Harry Belafonte to the choruses of Giuseppe Verdi. MVS is pleased to be joined by two well-known local performers:  Vanessa London, soprano, will lend her melodious voice to several solo pieces. and Dr. Stephen Richer of Carleton University will lead the audience in singing a selection of well-loved spirituals. Tom Sear accompanies the choir on piano. DATE: Monday, May 4, 2015 TIME: 7:30 pm [doors open at 7pm] PLACE: CENTRETOWN UNITED CHURCH, 507 BANK ST (just north of the Queensway; steps away from Catherine Street) TICKETS: $20.00 Adults / $15.00 Seniors and Students; (Children under 13 free) BUY NOW!

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