Director of Music

Aude Urbancic is Director of Music at Church of the Ascension. Aude has both Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance as well as an artist diploma in collaborative piano. She has attended some of Canada’s most prestigious festivals including the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy, the Orford Academy and Opera NUOVA. Aude has a passion for opera and has, in the past year, been the rehearsal pianist for Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream under Jean-François Rivet at the University of Montreal, Mozart’s Magic Flute under Rosemary Thompson at Opera Nuova in Edmonton and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly under Andrew Ager in Ottawa. She has also started adjudicating and was the Junior Piano II adjudicator for the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music. Aude also enjoys performing and most recently played Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Ottawa Pops Orchestra and played for the 100th anniversary of Finnish Independence gala in Vancouver alongside soprano Emili Losier.

Aude is happy to be back in Ottawa and is busy wearing many hats. Aside from having a piano studio, she coaches voice students at the University of Ottawa, plays recitals with singers, conducts five choirs including the Ottawa Carleton Male Choir and is a rehearsal pianist at the National Arts Centre. Most recently, she has accepted the position of Music Director at the Church of the Ascension.

When she is not making music, Aude enjoys tango dancing, knitting and cooking with local ingredients.

Announcing a new piano for Ascension

If you had a chance to join us for worship on February 21, or for the concert with Amico Piano Quartet that evening, you have had a chance to hear Ascension-s brand-new instrument. Rated by numerous sources as the top digital piano in the industry, we are very excited to have a new Kawai CA-95. This new piano allows us to host more concerts, increase the opportunity for rentals and other events and most importantly help amplify the worship and service music Sunday mornings. We are also excited to share that a new sound module has been added to the organ, increasing the versatility and functionality of the instrument by leaps and bounds. If you are curious about the piano, or any aspects of the music ministry feel free to email Adam at