A dynamic and fresh vocal harmony group, The Capital Voices (previously known as The Juliet Singers) have burst onto the Ottawa scene with their unique arrangements of jazz standards and contemporary pop classics, as well as their own material.
The Capital Voices are Rachel Beausoleil, Normand Glaude, Kenny Hayes, and Elise Letourneau. Together they achieve a wonderful blend, and are greater than the sum of their parts. Rachel brings a deep level of vocal geekery and a polyglot’s appreciation of words. Normand brings a studio engineer’s ears and a bassist’s sense of groove. Kenny is an actor and brings an awareness of drama and story. Elise is a multiple award-winning composer and arranger and brings an appreciation of poetry and phrasing.
Theirs is a productive union. So far, in addition to presenting their concert season, The Capital Voices have recorded the station identification jingle for CKCU 93.1 FM. Plus, they are the first vocal group to record the authorized arrangement of “The Crossing” by Sheila Jordan. They have some additional premieres expected for the next year, and are planning a CD recording.
The group strives to create premium quality vocal harmony performances, as well as build artistic bridges within their community. Working hard to create fresh arrangements of highly enjoyable material, interlacing genres, styles and eras, as well as exploring their own compositional voices, they pledge to their listeners that on any given day they will receive nothing less than the group’s finest efforts.
Rachel Beausoleil-Morrison is an Ottawa-based vocalist, songwriter, and private voice instructor. She has been entertaining audiences with her warm and sultry interpretations for almost 20 years. She has performed in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, Montreal, Toronto and São Paulo. Current musical projects include vocal harmony groups The Capital Voices and The Juliet Singers, Brazilian jazz group Sol da Capital, and the Panamerica Canção Project.
Beausoleil sings in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and Russian. She has recorded two jazz CDs and a children’s album as a solo artist. She is also the conductor on a recent recording of a choral work by Elise Letourneau called "Requiem for Fourteen Roses". She completed her Master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the University of Ottawa in 1999, and is now working towards a doctorate in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University, focusing her research on Brazilian popular music. www.rachelbeausoleil.ca
Normand Glaude is the owner and operator of Morning Anthem Studio. He has been active on the Ottawa music scene for over twenty years, working as a double bass and electric bass player. He regularly performs locally, and occasionally accompanies out-of-town artists.
He also produces and engineers recording projects with local artists. He recently recorded and co-produced Tim Bedner‘s “Of Light And Shadow”. One of his latest projects was awarded a “Trille Or” for Best Children’s Album with french artist Jojo.
Some of his performance credits include Marlene Verplanck, Michelle Grégoire, Martha Brooks, Guido Basso, Jefferey Smith, Bob Newhart and Mimi Fox. www.morninganthem.ca
Originally from Belleville, Ontario, Kenny has been playing piano, singing and composing music since the age of fourteen. Having been under the tutelage of Beverley Dafoe at Arden's Music in Belleville, he has gone on to study with some of the leading talents in the music department during his degree at the University of Ottawa (2012 graduating class.) He has performed in many different theatre and music functions in Ottawa, including the Ron Maslin Playhouse's production of 'A Flea in her Ear' (where he also composed the original score and incidental music), Ottawa Little Theatre's 'Skin Flick,' 'Christmas Belles,' and Orpheus Musical Theatre Society's '9 to 5: The Musical.'
He also has written music for and performed in the Ottawa, Regina, Windsor and Victoria Fringe Festivals. His most recent endeavours took him to Toronto where he was seen as Brad in the Alumnae Theatre's world premiere of 'Inheritance,' a new play by Tabitha Keast. His dreams of acting and music as full life careers are finally coming true and he is looking to share that knowledge and experience with his students, some of whom have taken home major awards for excellence in the art of piano and voice!
Elise Letourneau is an award-winning composer, and an accomplished songwriter, multi-instrumentalist performer, arranger, and educator. She is the director of the Carleton University Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She maintains an active performance schedule as a solo artist, with The Capital Voices, The Juliet Singers, and with Glamour Profession (a Steely Dan tribute band). Letourneau has shared a stage with Brian Browne, Paula Cole, Bob Dorough, Sheila Jordan, Janet Lawson, Janis Siegel, and others. She founded and directed Canada's first community jazz choir, Capital Vox, as well as Vox Eclectica Women's Chamber Choir.
An associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, Letourneau won the prestigious Ruth Watson Henderson composition competition, the Choral Canada (ACCC) composition competition, and the inaugural Diane Loomer award for choral composition. For four years running she was shortlisted as a finalist for The American Prize in choral composition. Blurring the lines between classical, jazz, and popular music, her compositions have been performed internationally, by high-caliber ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Canada's National Youth Choir, the Toronto Children's Chorus, the Cantiamo Girls' Choir, and Bach Music Festival of Canada choir and orchestra. Soloists who have performed her music include Colin Ainsworth, Leslie Fagan, and Ellen McAteer.
She has recorded 5 CDs. She teaches piano, voice, flute, and composition at Alcorn Music Studios. Letourneau is a graduate of Berklee College of Music (Boston MA), and earned a M.Ed. specializing in creative arts and learning at Lesley College (Cambridge MA). www.eliseletourneau.com
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