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.

Chorus Master

Assistant Chorus Master

Evan Mounce

Administrator

Katt Hryciw

Sopranos

Karine Baumgardner
Lyndsay Bellemore
Katherine Biggart
Ellen Borak
Michelle Bozynski
Tricia Bray
Carolyn Byers
Christina Candra
Twylla Jayne Conn
Sheila Cook
Laura Davis
Charmaine de Jong
Ina Dobrinski
Larissa Donnelly
Megan Duckett
Gail Feltham
Ymène Fouli
Sim Galloway
Carolyn Hatt
Robyn Hauck
Dale Hensley
Jessica How
Amethyst Klintberg
Melody Littel
Freya Melax
Erin Moore
Gillian Posey
Colleen Potter
Brier Reid
Becky Salmond
Lisa Sears-Walsh
Joan Simmins
Barbara Soles
Becky Standing
Chantelle Stevenson
Melissa Symanczyk **
Crystal Tan
Norma Webb
Dianne Williams
Chelsea Woodard *
Betsy Woolner

Altos

Louisa Adria
Margaret Anderson
Susan Bell
Barbara Boland
Michelle Cariou
Indrani Chatterjee **
Tanya Chow
Breanne Coady
Bernie Constantin
Yvonne Courtney
Ruth Cross
Shirley Cumming
Gillian Forster
Racheal Githumbi
Kay Harrison
Pat Heitman
Amanda Holt
Helen Isaac
Allison Johnson
Cynthia Klaassen
Heather Klassen
Marlene Krickhan
Catherine Lasuita
Megan Lundrigan
Barbara Mathies
Susan Mendonca
Julia Millen *
Patty Mino
Cindy Neufeld
Britt Odegard
Mara Osis
Karen Palmer
Anastasiya Petruk
Anne Rodger
Monica Samper
Liv Sawyer
Patti Vaillant
Julia Vanden Heuvel
Vitalia Vash
Kaitlin Walker
Dayna Wiebe

Tenors

Tim Ahrenholz
Tim Bell **
Keevin Berg
Tristram Chivers
Philip Dano
Pat Favaro
Richard Harding
Katt Hryciw
James Hume
Juan Manuel López
Eric Ma
Jason Ragan *
Peter Rilstone
Richard Seale
Dennis Voth

Basses

Archie Adams
Odeniyi Ayo-Ajayi
Bamzy Banwo
Aaron Bartholomew *
Cam Bischoff
Glenn Bontje
Ian Charter
Chad Conrad
Tim Cooke
Kevin Di Filippo
Arthur Dick
Alan Dornian
Mark Dumbrique **
John Ghitan
Al Huber
Eric Klaassen
Drew Kotchan
David Mark
Martin Mobach
Keith Odegard
Dave Pattison
Dana Salter
David Schey
Greg Wagland
Richard Wanner
Jim Weisert
Keith Wyenberg

* Section Principal
** Section Representative

About the Chorus

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, led by Dr. Mark Bartel, 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 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, classical standards, pop favourites, and commissioned new works. In a typical season, the Chorus is made up of more than 125 dedicated volunteer singers from Calgary and surrounding communities who come from all walks of life. Celebrating its 60 years in 2023, the Chorus delivers excellence in the performance of choral music and promotes the enjoyment and development of choral singing in our communities.

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 126 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.

Who has the chorus collaborated with?

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).

Want to get involved? Learn more about chorus auditions.

CHORUS AUDITIONS

Upcoming Concerts with the Chorus

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