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About Us

The Capital Chordettes is a performing and competing chorus which has been entertaining audiences in the Ottawa area for over 50 years! We love to sing. We rehearse weekly, striving always for musical excellence, in the company of those who share our passion for music. We offer a welcoming environment and an excellent learning program in vocal and visual performance. Our members come from Ottawa and surrounding areas in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

We are active within our community. We perform regularly at public and private events, large and small, including fund-raising concerts with community partners. We support a local charity, Children At Risk.

As proud members of the international singing organization Harmony, Inc, we travel twice a year to compete internationally at contest. We rank consistently among its top choruses, and have been international champion chorus three times.


    Carolyn Henderson was the Musical Director of the Capital Chordettes for 12 years. In addition to a formal music background, she has extensive performance experience, both soloist and choral, including musical theatre. Carolyn has deep roots with the chorus: before her appointment as director, she sang with the chorus; she has sung in several competing quartets; her mother is a charter member of the chorus; and her father directed the chorus for many years. This busy mom of two active boys is talented and energetic, and was dedicated to helping us become the very best that we can be. We enjoyed singing with her!

A Brief History

Cherishing our past … Shaping our future

The Capital Chordettes chartered with Harmony, Inc., an international women’s barbershop organization, in 1963. In 2013 we celebrated 50 years of entertaining Ottawa area audiences! With just 4 directors in our 50 year history, the Capital Chordettes have benefited from great continuity in our musical leadership. During this time, we have had success in Harmony, Inc. contests, and are engaged in that organization, contributing members to leadership groups at area and international levels, and hosting contests and educational events.

We are active members of the Ottawa area cultural community, performing regularly and making several recordings. Performance highlights over the years have included Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill, opening ceremonies for the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Ottawa City Hall, and singing for the Queen and Prince Philip on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Capital Chordettes are members of Harmony, Inc     Capital Chordettes are members of AOE Arts Council     Capital Chordettes awarded City of Ottawa Arts Grant, 2012 and 2010     Capital Chordettes are grateful for grants received from Sing Canada Harmony     Members Site
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