Jiri Hlavacek, Choir Director and Organist
Another year has passed by in which City View Choir has continued to express our worship of God through music.
Under Jiri’s inspired and happy leadership we learned new hymns and many new anthems. Jiri loves to challenge us! Last spring we participated in an evening of music with other local church choirs in support of the Carlington Community. It was a very enjoyable gathering and plans are going ahead for this spring as well. We are so fortunate to have Stanja’s beautiful accompaniment in several of our anthems as well as in duets with Jiri. At our Candlelight service we were happy to welcome Jiri Soukup with his cello. Mr. Soukup is a scientist, an author, a man of many talents who also loves music.
Our June barbecue was held at the home of Steve Pike. This was a rather poignant gathering as we were saying goodbye to the Wallaces – Neil, our minister of so many years and Shirley, our choir member, as well as Steve Pike and his wife Jenny who were posted to Washington. Also, during the summer we found out that Wayne Irschick and Jill Rae were also leaving us. We are happy for Wayne who accepted a position as director of music at Riverside United Church but we greatly miss them both. Jill had sung with us for many years. However every choir loves to gain a young voice and we did just that in the fall in the person of Fiona Griffith.
City View Choir welcomes new members at all times. Our number fluctuates as many of us tend to take winter holidays or go spring and fall ‘cottaging’.
We chose to give our annual Christmas donations to the Ottawa Food Bank and to the Upper Valley Refugee Fund (United Church).
After several years as our very capable president, Jean Nielsen retired in June and the position is unfilled at this time. However we are happily continuing for now with our self- proclaimed “Supreme Emperor/Dictator”, Jiri!!
We send out many thanks to all those who have aided us over the year by sometimes lending us their voices or their instrumental offerings and to our ministers and the congregation who are so supportive and receptive of our music.
“O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation”, Psalm 95:1.