The Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, led by incoming 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 two live-streamed performances with the Orchestra.
Please note: The Calgary Philharmonic Chorus plans to resume in-person rehearsals in September. For the health and safety of all participants, physical distancing in the rehearsal room(s) and periodic rehearsal breaks will be employed. Safe singing may include the recommended use of masks. We will follow specific Alberta Health Services protocols related to singing if any are in place. The Arts Commons ventilation system is also in the process of being improved.
Auditions for new members will be held in August 2021 for: Soprano Tenor Alto Bass. Those interested in auditioning can download the Application Package here.
The Application Deadline is 15 August 2021 with live auditions taking place at 5:00 PM on 20 August 2021.