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Established in 2003...

by members of Divertimento Orchestra of Ottawa. We perform concerts at churches, libraries and seniors’ centres and also appear at private functions. Our instrumentation is that of the standard woodwind quintet, i. e., flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon.

From our audience

“Congratulations! What a great concert. Loved the variety in the programme and the opportunity to hear all the instruments taking a lead role.”

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Elsa Slater

Elsa started the flute as a child in England, under her father’s direction. She later performed and taught there. Upon moving to Canada she continued her studies with Tony Antonacci of the Toronto Symphony and played regularly in numerous organizations including the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to Ottawa in 1977 Elsa has studied with Robert Cram, Jean-Guy Brault and Camille Churchfield and has continued to teach and perform. She is currently the Principal Flute of Divertimento Orchestra of Ottawa as well as its Personnel Manager.

Jade Butlin-Woo oboe hautbois Holzblasinstrument Holzblasinstrumente woodwinds bois

Jade Butlin-Woo

Jade studied the oboe with Angela Casagrande and later continued her study of oboe and English horn with Richard Dorsey at the University of Toronto. She has played for operas, musicals, chamber groups and orchestras including the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Cinco Vientos. She currently plays oboe and English horn with the Ottawa Pops Orchestra. Jade also enjoys giving oboe clinics, teaching oboe and playing in recitals, weddings, and for local indie musicians.

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Angela Blackwell

Angela is from Harrogate in England. She studied the clarinet with David Campbell at Dartington College and with John Fuest at Birmingham Conservatoire. Before coming to Canada, she played with the Bristol Philharmonic, as well as teaching and freelancing in the Bristol area. Now settled in Ottawa, Angela is the Principal Clarinet of Divertimento Orchestra of Ottawa, gives solo recitals and teaches the clarinet and the saxophone. Angela also works with Ottawa New Horizons, a band programme for adult beginners. It’s never too late to start!

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Bob Brown

Bob is Principal Horn and President of Ottawa’s Divertimento Orchestra. His more than forty years of playing have included studies with Josef Veleba at the Vienna Academy of Music and with Robert Creech and Ron George at the University of Western Ontario. He has played with Orchestra London Canada, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the International Symphony Orchestra and the Regimental Band of the Governor General’s Foot Guards.

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Gordon Slater

Gordon studied the bassoon with Nicholas Kilburn of the Toronto Symphony before playing in many orchestras, pit orchestras, bands and chamber groups in that city and in Ottawa. Gordon has played the bassoon and the contrabassoon with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra since 1977 and conducted the 65–piece Divertimento Orchestra of Ottawa since 1978. He held the position of Dominion Carillonneur of Canada from 1977 to 2008. Gordon continues to perform on the carillon at home and abroad and to publish his carillon music.