How many people make up the Chorus?
There are approximately 125 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 principals.
Who has the chorus collaborated with?
The Chorus has collaborated in performances with several other local choirs and ensembles, including the Calgary Girls Choir, Luminous Voices, Cantaré Children’s Choir, Spiritus Chamber Choir, the Calgary Boys’ Choir, Edmonton’s Richard Eaton Singers, the Calgary Canadian Korean Choir, and the Calgary Civic Symphony. 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), Andrew Balfour (niya), and Laura Hawley (I Rise). The Chorus has performed at various community 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 travelled 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 Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (1997).
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