On June 9, 2021, the Calgary Philharmonic announced a new Chorus Master, Dr. Mark Bartel, who has more than 20 years of experience as a music educator and conductor. Learn more about him here.
The Chorus has collaborated in performances with several other local choirs, has created and performed at various community outreach events, participated in Calgary Phil’s Symphony Sunday for Kids concerts, and performed for Queen Elizabeth II in a special 1990 presentation conducted by the late Mario Bernardi, Calgary Phil Music Director Emeritus. The chorus has traveled to perform in Chicago (2015), to the Choral Canada Podium Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland (2018), to Festival 500 in St. John’s, Newfoundland (2007), to Edmonton to open the Winspear Centre (1997), and to Winnipeg to sing Mahler Eighth Symphony (1997).
How many people make up the chorus?
There are approximately 110 chorus members.
What is the music background of the chorus members?
Amateur musicians with music experience in school, church, and community choirs or private lessons. Musicians with undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, Royal Conservatory of Music training, and current university music students. Professional singers serve as section principles.
Collaborations have included concerts with Luminous Voices professional ensemble (May 2018), Spiritus Chamber Choir (2015), Edmonton’s Richard Eaton Singers, and Calgary Civic Symphony.
Choruses who have been invited to sing with the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus include: Calgary Girls Choir, Cantare Children’s Chorus, Calgary Boys Choir, and Calgary Canadian Korean Choir.
There is an Endowed Chair for the Chorus Master funded by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation, and occupied by Dr. Timothy Shantz from 2009 to 2020.
The Chorus has performed or premiered Canadian works by composers Jeffrey Ryan (Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation), Stephen Chatman (Songs of Joy), Arthur Bachman (Flute Concerto), Randolph Peters (Intensely Alive), Abigail Richardson-Schulte (Song of the Poets), and Laura Hawley (in progress).