Musical NotesCalling soprano, alto, tenor and bass singers to the inaugural start of singing with the ‘Carleton Place Offbeats – a Vocal Jazz Ensemble.  Recruitment for singers from the immediate area is being spear-headed by ensemble singer Robert Dueck, and piano accompanist Margo Smith. The goal is to recruit 9 – 12 singers for this adult voice jazz choir of women and men, with an even number of singers in each of the four voice parts.  Jazz repertoire includes blues, ballads, bebop, and swing tunes with songs such as; Sentimental Journey, Gonna Build a Mountain, I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning, Dream, Blue Moon, A Wink and a Smile, and more.

This is your chance to be part of a welcoming, friendly group, who enjoy singing, enjoy meeting new faces, or singing with familiar ones.  It is also an opportunity to share this music through performance, as determined by the group, or as opportunities arise from within our local communities.  A perfect voice is not required, but advantages would be:  previous ensemble or choral experience, having a good sense of rhythm to sing offbeat music, singing in various tempos from fast bebop tunes to languid ballads, singing with bended voice and having a knowledge of basic to intermediate music reading skills and part-singing ability. An appreciation of this style of music, and feeling the freedom to move with the music is an essential element.  A congenial personality adds to the dynamics for small ensemble singing.

Participation will include two blocks of time with the fall term running from October to the end of November.  Spring term participation would be for the months of February to the end of March.  Rehearsals will be scheduled for Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:00 pm starting on October 1st at the home of Carleton Place resident, Margo Smith.   Music for each term will be distributed in advance with the requirement that singers have a good understanding of the music prior to the first rehearsal.   No membership fee will be required. Ensemble members   will be asked to purchase the sheet music required per term.

Interested?  Email:  for more information or arrange for an informal meet and greet in Carleton Place with Margo Smith and Robert Dueck.