Musica Ebraïca is a chamber choir founded in 2001 by a small group of people who felt that the beauty of Jewish Choral Music should be shared with the larger community. We sing a repertoire consisting of a very eclectic mix of music ranging from Renaissance Italian to modern American/Canadian and from European Yiddish to Mediterranean Ladino.
As the singers explore the music, they learn as well, about the cultures and settings that influenced the sounds they sing. Singers have a variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds and are united by the love of singing and the pleasure that Jewish music brings to choir and listeners. We present two major concerts and many smaller ones each season.
Gloria Jean Nagy, our Musical Director, is a performer, teacher, choral conductor, clinician, adjudicator and administrator. She has frequently been seen and heard in recital as a vocalist, accompanist and choral conductor. She holds a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of Western Ontario, and is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. She also studied at the Liszt Ferenc Zeneakadémia in Budapest, Hungary and at the Banff Centre. She has been a vocal instructor at Carleton University and has been a vocal tutorial instructor at De Lasalle and Canterbury High Schools. She maintains a busy vocal studio of over thirty students per week.
Gloria Jean brings many years of experience as choral conductor to Musica Ebraica. She directed the West Ottawa Children’s Chorus (2006-2011), the Kanata Choral Society (2001-2010), the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers (1995-1998), the Concordia Female Choir (1990-1993). She is the past and founding director of the Amabile Singers of Nepean (1989-2010) as well as the director/ pianist for St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church (2008-2010).
Gloria Jean has been a vocal and/or choral adjudicator at over a dozen music festivals in Ontario and on Canada’s east coast, becoming an Examiner for Conservatory Canada in 2002. She sang on a 2002 CD produced by Conservatory Canada with Dr. Elaine Keillor (piano) featuring the music of Mary Gardiner. In 2006, Dr. Keillor and Gloria Jean released their all-Canadian CD Musique: Songs for Parlour and Stage. Gloria Jean was the Ottawa coordinator for Contemporary Showcase (Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects) and is a member of Canadian Music Showcase / Carrefour de la musique canadienne, for which she edited the vocal syllabus in August 1999 and assisted in the 2003 revision. Many of Gloria Jean’s vocal students have gone on to participate successfully in the annual festivals. She is involved in other music education groups and associations in Ottawa including the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (Past-President, Ottawa Region Branch 2001-2003), National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Capital Region (secretary 1993-4, charter member), Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival (Selections Committee 1989-present), Eastern Ontario Friends of Conservatory Canada (charter member 1995-present) and she maintains membership in the Ottawa Council for the Arts, Canadian Women Composers’ Association, the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals, Canadian Federation of Music Festival Adjudicators and the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. In 1994, Gloria Jean published A Singers’ Overview to Canadian Contemporary Vocal Literature for the NATS convention which is now available through the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto. In May 2009, Gloria Jean was named special teacher of the year for the Ottawa Region branch ORMTA.
Gloria Jean is the founding director of the vocal/piano duo Cantabile along with Deirdre Piper celebrating its twenty-fifth season 2011-2012 (over 60 concerts so far and counting!.) Gloria Jean has delighted audiences in Canada, Hungary, Spain and France. She has been heard both locally and nationally on CBC Radio, Radio-Canada (in Canada and in France) and Rogers Cablevision. Gloria Jean has also been heard in operatic productions in Ottawa, Nepean, London and Banff and has appeared with the Nepean Symphony, the Deep River Symphony, Brantford Symphony, Montreal Repertory Orchestra, Ottawa Divertimento Orchestra and the University of Western Ontario Symphony Orchestra as well as in many other chamber performances with orchestral accompaniment as part of the Kincardine Summer Music Festival and as part of Cantabile.
Carol Gurofsky, our accompanist, grew up studying piano with her mother, Bertha Gurofsky, and later flute with Robert Aitken and Caroline Grimes. She has taught flute at Ottawa University and the University of Manitoba. Her performances have been broadcast on the CBC. Presently, she teaches both piano and flute, serves as the organist at a local church, and accompanies four Ottawa choirs, including Musica Ebraïca.