The Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, led by Chorus Master Mark Bartel, is a group of over 100 volunteer singers who perform diverse repertoire including oratorio, opera, light classics, contemporary music, and pops. The acclaimed ensemble is featured in four to six concerts with the Orchestra each season, under the leadership of Music Director Rune Bergmann, Associate Conductor Karl Hirzer, and guest conductors. Established in 1963, the chorus achieves excellence in the performance of choral music and promotes the enjoyment and development of choral singing in the Calgary. The chorus is a professional-level performing partner to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and one of only two choruses in Canada that is part of a major professional symphony orchestra.
The Calgary Philharmonic Chorus is made up of dedicated music lovers from Calgary and surrounding communities who come from all walks of life. Our adult chorus membership ranges from career musicians to stay-at-home parents to university students, and includes those who work in education and research, trades and services, health care, agriculture, business, and law. Together they dedicate over 19,000 hours annually to rehearsals and performances! Recently the Chorus has made recordings for a CD, produced a virtual performance, and performed in two live-streamed concerts with the Orchestra.
The Calgary Philharmonic Chorus resumed in-person rehearsals in September 2021. For the health and safety of all participants, physical distancing in the rehearsal room(s) and periodic rehearsal breaks are employed. Safe singing includes the recommended use of masks. We will follow specific Alberta Health Services protocols related to singing if any are in place.
Future auditions for new members will be posted on this page.