Hello, we are the Canadian Military Wives Choirs Petawawa. We were established in September 2015. We began as a small choir of 14 women and now we barely can fit on our practice stage with over 65 magnificent ladies, which still includes 4 of our inaugural members! We are a 3 part womens’ choir composed of Alto, Soprano 2, and Soprano 1. Practicing every Tuesday evening from 630pm-8pm at St. George’s Chapel, Garrison Petawawa.
Our Musical Director
CMWC Petawawa is directed by the joyous Sosun Suh. She is a military wife and mother to 3 incredible children, an accomplished musician and music teacher. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Sosun has been a lover of instruments and music her entire life. Her skills range everywhere from piano to the Korean Violin known as the “Haegeum”. Sosun is a proud educator who has impressively earned a BA of Music, Masters of Music Education, Masters of Religious Education and an Advanced Certification in Early Childhood Music Education. We are thrilled every week to see Sosun when we arrive at choir practice to be a part of her passion and excitement for music!
Our proudest moments so far; Recording our first live in-studio song at Bob’s Music in Pembroke in 2019; Every time we are able to perform our choir original “On Guard”, most notably during our Petawawa Remembrance Day Ceremonies; Performing for the Embassy of Korea Memorial at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa in 2019; Performing in Toronto, at the opening ceremonies of the Invictus Games with all of the Canadian Military Wives Choirs across Canada in 2017; Working alongside the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra for yearly recitals.
During our 2018 Season Finale Performance on June 10 we were proud to reveal an impressively emotional original song titled ‘On Guard’. A year earlier 2017, our Musical Director, Sosun Suh, was approached by Royal Canadian Dragoons Trooper ‘Neill Laidlaw’, he had an original piece of music that he had written and dreamt of expanding it, he gifted us with the song and Sosun worked her magic and transformed his original rock song into a beautiful piece for our three part choir.
This song has struck a deep emotional chord with our choir and with our listeners alike. It is often difficult for our vocalist to sing through its entirety without our voices becoming weary, as we witness the eyes of our audience well up in tears.
On February 19, 2019 we confidently entered the recording studio at Bob’s Music in Pembroke and put our voices on record! In the coming year we will be working on a video accompaniment and we cannot wait to reveal our final product to the world in the near future!
In the Media
Garrison Petawawa commander shares Canada's First World War history, provides current business update at annual luncheon
Pembroke Observer & News
November 14, 2018
Military wives welcome new members
September 8 2016