39 Dufferin Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1M 2H3
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Sunday Service at 10:30 am
Sunday School and Nursery/Play Room 

C7 Grand piano

God asks us to make a joyful noise.


Music plays an important role in the life of MacKay. Our Sanctuary offers a wonderful acoustical experience to listen to our choir, hand chime ringers, instrumentalists, the Concert Series, as well as concerts and recitals by many other groups and performers.  The Sanctuary is an excellent venue for recording.


Parvaneh Eshghi has studied with renowned Canadian pianists Jean-Paul Sevilla, Andrew Tunis, Louis-Philippe Pelletier, Richard Raymond, and with professional organist Karen Holmes. She has been heard on CBC Stereo Ottawa and has recorded for the Jeunes Artistes program on CBOX-fm, Radio-Canada. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at the Château Laurier, the National Gallery of Canada, the Ottawa Chamber Festival, the University of Ottawa, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, as well as for the concert series of St. Brigid’s Church, First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa and MacKay United Church.

Parv has extensive training in choral and solo singing, having sung under the direction of Anthony King and Laurence Ewashko, and having studied with Ottawa soprano Isabelle Lacroix, McGill professor/opera singer Johanne Kolomyjec and internationally renowned bass-baritone, Ingemar Korjus. She has also had the opportunity to participate in conducting classes with David Currie (Ottawa Symphony Orchestra) as well as Christine Hansen (Canterbury). She has been a vocal coach for professional singers for 18 years and has conducted choirs from St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, where she programmed many fundraising concerts featuring choir and guest soloists, All Saints’ Anglican Church, as well as Mackay United Church.

Parv remains active with many solo and chamber performances throughout Ottawa, as a singer and pianist. She was recently invited to play piano for Carmen on Tap two years in a row, an exciting modern rendition of the opera Carmen, directed by Brent Krysa, starring Julie Nesrallah, Maghan McPhee, Richard Troxell and Benjamin Covey.


The Senior Choir is made up of congregants of MacKay United Church. We enhance the liturgy through music, sing the main anthem for the Sunday services and lead the congregation during hymnal singing. We love to "make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation" (Psalm 95:1). Thanks to the ongoing efforts of Parv, our choir director, we are learning more about how to make that joyful noise sound even better, increasing singing and ensemble techniques and applying it to all our music. We gather for rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 and again on Sunday mornings before Worship. If you would like to learn more about the choir, take a look at our handbook.


Several accomplished musicians flautists, pianists, drummers and organists add an extra dimension regularly to the Voluntaries offered at our Sunday Worship service. 


The MUC Hand Chimes were donated to MacKay by Paul (former organist and choir director) and June MacMillan in memory of their son Jamie.

'MacKay's Rowdy Ringers', are ready to ring in spring.  If you are age 6 and over, with a desire to play music with a group and an ability to concentrate for 40 minutes, you are welcome to join our inter-generational hand chime choir!  No experience necessary.  Next practices will be on Sunday, April 26, May 3, 10, 17, no practice on May 24th, May 31 and June 7 at 9:45 am in the Board Room at the top of the stairs.  Performance date has not been confirmed, but would be sometime in June.  . The goal is to enjoy music and perform for the congregation.

There is no minimum age; the only qualification is that participants should be able to concentrate for 40 minutes and be able to read either words or music.  Please come and bring your friends!

Hand chimes are musical instruments similar to handbells. They are rung using the hands, and many handbell techniques can be applied to hand chimes.  When combined, the two create a new and different timbre.  They are tuned during manufacture and do not require external tuning.  Hand chimes are inexpensive, lightweight and resilient instruments.


Drop in for a set of great music in the beautiful acoustic space at the corner of MacKay and Dufferin. Throughout June, every Thursday noon hour will ring with the sounds of jazz amongst friends. Peter Woods will be featuring differnt artists in each week...new collaborations, old friends and even some family. Drop in at noon and stay for a while. Freewill donations gratefully accepted at the door.

Thursday, June 1 at noon: James McGowan, piano & Peter Woods 

Thursday, June 8 at noon: Charley Gordon, Rob Martin and Gerri Trimble, trumpet, guitar & voice

Thursday, June 15 at noon: Evensong Ensemble featuring Leah Cogan & James McGowan, voice & piano

Thursday, June 22 at noon: Country Jazz Revue with Campbell Woods and Tim Jackson (part of cross-country Canada tour) guitar & bass

Thursday, June 29 at noon: Ottawa's legendary Brian Browne, piano

For more information on MacKay's musical vision please see http://www.united-church.ca/blogs/round-table/finding-spiritual-harmony-...

MacKay's Evensong Ensemble will be playing on the main stage at the Stewart Park Festival in Perth, Ontario. 12 noon on Sunday, July 16th. This is a free festival in beautiful downtown Perth.