Calgary Philharmonic Chorus

The Calgary Philharmonic Chorus is a group of more than 100 volunteer singers and four section principals who deliver excellence in the performance of choral music and promote the enjoyment and development of choral singing in the Calgary community.

Calgary Phil Chorus

History

Established in 1963, 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 Chorus performs a wide variety of repertoire, including oratorio, opera, light classics, contemporary music, pops, and commissioned new works. In a typical Season, the acclaimed ensemble is featured in four to eight concerts with the Orchestra.

The Calgary Philharmonic Chorus is made up of dedicated volunteer musicians from Calgary and surrounding communities who come from all walks of life. Our adult volunteer 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, a virtual performance, and two live-streamed performances with the Orchestra.

Learn more about chorister auditions:

CHORUS AUDITIONS

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:

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).

Chorus Master

Accompanist

Evan Mounce

Sopranos

Hannah Pagenkopf*
Karin Baumgardner
Lyndsay Bellemore
Katherine Biggart
Ellen Borak
Michelle Bozynski
Tricia Bray
Carolyn Byers
Christina Candra
Twylla Conn
Sheila Cook
Ina Dobrinski
Gail Feltham
Sim Galloway
Alison Gibson/Nelson
Carolyn Hatt
Robyn Hauck
Gloria Hendry
Dale Hensley
Linda Janzen
Amy Klintberg
Gillian Posey
Colleen Potter
Brier Reid
Lisa Sears-Walsh
Joan Simmins
Barbara Soles
Becky Standing
Chantelle Stevenson
Melissa Symanczyk
Norma Webb
Dianne Williams

Altos

Julia Millen*
Margaret Anderson
Barbara Boland
Indrani Chatterjee
Tanya Chow
Breanne Coady
Bernie Constantin
Ruth Cross
Shirley Cumming
Gillian Forster
Kay Harrison
Pat Heitman
Amanda Holt
Helen Isaac
Allison Johnson
Heather Klassen
Catherine Lasuita
Megan Lundrigan
Barbara Mathies
Sue McNaughton
Cindy Neufeld
Mara Osis
Karen Palmer
Anastasiya Petruk
Anne Rodger
Anne Roggensack
Donna Ruparell

Tenors

Timothy Ahrenholz
Tim Bell
Keevin Berg
Tristram Chivers
Pat Favaro
Katt Hryciw
Jason Ragan
Peter Rilstone
Dennis Voth
Daniel Vandenbroek

Basses

Nicholas Allen*
Odeniyi Ayo-Ajayi
Bamzy Banwo
Glenn Bontje
Ian R. Charter
Tim Cooke
Arthur Dick
Kevin Di Filippo
Alan Dornian
Mark Dumbrique
Nana Essel
John Ghitan
Ian Gibson
Allan Huber
Eric Klaassen
Martin Mobach
Dave Pattison
Dana Salter
David Schey
Richard Wanner
Max Webber
Jim Weisert
Keith Wyenberg