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.