A sense of community, fellowship and caring for one another has always been the hallmark of the Calgary Children’s Choir. This is in abundant evidence during the choir camp each fall at Camp Horizon.
Maintaining balance in the development of the child as a musician, performer and responsible citizen is an important part of the Choir’s philosophy. The Calgary Children’s Choir teaches the highest quality repertoire to the highest standard while promoting this development. The discipline of regular practice, formal choir presentations, international tours and involvement in community events are the means by which this balanced development is pursued. In its twentieth season, the Calgary Children’s Choir proudly looks back on its many varied activities and performances.
Choristers take part in many music festivals and joint performances with local performers and groups as well as performances in senior residences and other care facilities. In addition, the choir has completed nine tours; the most recent ones to the Shizuoka Music Festival in Japan in 2006 and Ottawa in 2007.
Choristers with the Calgary Children’s Choir have the opportunity to:
- Develop their musical literacy and artistic abilities
- Develop in the areas of self-confidence
- Build self-esteem and discipline
- Gain an understanding of and passion for choral music and performance
- And become a life-long member of the musical and choral community
Throughout the year choir members have one to two regular weekly rehearsals and occasional additional rehearsals as directed. The program also consists of special rehearsals with a variety of local clinicians, and special camps, workshops and tours.
The choir performs three annual concerts and often has opportunities to sing in special performances and functions. Some examples of these include performances with the Alberta Ballet’s “Carmina Burana ” (2006) and performances with the Mount Royal Kanorei (2006). Both events were at the newly renovated Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.