The Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, led by Chorus Master Timothy Shantz, is a group of over 100 voluntary singers and 4 section principals who perform diverse repertoire including oratorio, opera, light classics, contemporary music, and pops. The acclaimed ensemble is featured in 4-8 concerts with the Orchestra each season.
In a recent performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah Kenneth DeLong wrote, “The CPO Chorus was front and centre here, singing with both strength and refinement, the men’s sections now as strong and secure as the women’s sections. The great choral moments — and there are many in this work — constituted some of the most memorable moments in the performance, including the familiar He Watching Over Israel, He That Shall Endure to the End, and, especially, the final chorus complex with its heroic, impressive effect.”
Established in 1963, the Chorus works with the Orchestra to achieve excellence in the performance of choral music and to promote the enjoyment and development of choral singing in the Calgary community. Chorus members come from all walks of life and include physicians, students, lawyers and stay-at-home parents who dedicate over 19,000 hours annually to rehearsals and performances. The Chorus is proud to perform for local charities during the Christmas season and often takes part in community education and outreach activities with the Orchestra throughout the year.
The Chorus has participated in choral festivals across Canada, been featured in live recordings, and performed for Queen Elizabeth II in a special presentation conducted by the late Mario Bernardi, CPO Music Director Emeritus.