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
Lindsay Bellemore
Ellen Borak
Michelle Bozynski
Tricia Bray
Patricia Bustillos
Carolyn Byers
Christina Candra
Katherine Clarke
Sheila Cook
Laura Davis
Ina Dobrinski
Sihana Dorfsman
Gail Feltham
Lisa Fernandes
Ymene Fouli
Sue Galcher
Sim Galloway
Alison Gibson
Carolyn Hatt
Dale Hensley
Jessica How
Linda Janzen
Amy Klintberg
Julie Miller
Gillian Posey
Colleen Potter
Lisa Sears-Walsh
Joan Simmins
Becky Standing
Chantelle Stevenson
Chandra Stromberg
Melissa Symanczyk
Norma Webb
Dianne Williams

Altos

Julia Millen*
Margaret Anderson
Barbara Boland
Indrani Chatterjee
Tanya Chow
Breanne Coady
Bernie Constantin
Carol Cooper
Shirley Cumming
Janice Dahlberg
Gillian Forster
Kay Harrison
Patricia Heitman
Amanda Holt
Helen Isaac
Allison Johnson
Heather Klassen
Kaitlin Krell
Catherine Lasuita
Lorrie Lipski
Barbara Mathies
Sue Mcnaughton
Susan Mendonca
Patty Mino
Mara Osis
Karen Palmer
Anastasiya Petruk
Josee Robitaille
Anne Rodger
Donna Ruparell
Monica Samper
Monica Schultz
Marian Žekulin

Tenors

Jason Ragan*
Timothy Ahrenholz
Dean Allatt
Tim Bell
Keevin Berg
Tristram Chivers
Pat Favaro
Andrew Fraser
Barb Hogan
Jungsoo Kim
Allan Morgan
David Owen
Peter Rilstone
Richard Seale
Ross Smith
Joseph Stedman
Dennis Voth

Basses

Nicholas Allen*
Archibald Adams
Odeniyi Ayo-Ajayi
Ian Charter
Timothy Cooke
Lloyd Crosby
Kevin Di Filippo
Arthur Dick
Alan Dornian
John Ghitan
Ian Gibson
Luke Hibbert
Allan Huber
Dylan Jones
Tyler Jones
Eric Klaassen
Ian Lunt
Keith Odegard
Jackson Partridge
Dan Philips
Teddy Pope
Alasdair Robinson
Dana Salter
David Schey
Tom Van Hardeveld
Richard Wanner
Maxwell Webber
Jim Weisert
Keith Wyenberg