The Ottawa Story
About Our Director
Allison Houston is the Music Director of the CMWC Ottawa. Allison grew up in the choral traditions of this country, as a member of the Saskatchewan Honour Choir, the Manitoba Youth Choir, and the National Youth Choir. She has been the Assistant Conductor of the Manitoba Youth Choir. She has a Bachelor of Music from Brandon University, and completed her graduate studies at Arizona State University. Allison has been a professional soloist, chorister, accompanist, and classroom music educator. Allison was a chorister and soloist on CBC’s long running ‘Hymn Sing’. Allison has soloed with the National Arts Center Orchestra in the ballet ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and even had the opportunity to conduct the NACO during one of their Family concerts! Allison is currently the Music Director of Stittsville United Church. She is honoured to be the Music Director of the Canadian Military Wives Choir Ottawa, as the choir and the Military Wives movement begins here in Canada.
Photo by Beth Basinger, Stittsville, ON
We are the Canadian Military Wives Choir Ottawa, based in Canada's capital city. Our first rehearsal was held in late September 2013 with 15 women present. Since then our numbers have grown to more than 65 and we have performed at many events including several functions on Parliament Hill, Remembrance Day events around the city, Take a Veteran to Dinner, Wreaths Across Canada, the Christmas concerts of the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces, and the Canadian International Military Tattoo in Hamilton, Ontario.
Our main purpose is to create a support network for women in the military community through singing. The nomadic life of the military family means that it can be difficult to put down roots, make friends, and create support networks with each move. The Canadian Military Wives Choir Ottawa is a creative, fun-filled way for women to support each other through difficult times and to celebrate the successes and good times of each member – all while singing!