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Calgary Bach Choir in Rehearsal November 2021

Our Land Acknowledgement


In truth and reconciliation, the Calgary Bach Society acknowledges that we gather together to create and enjoy music on the beautiful lands encompassing prairie, foothills and mountains known by the Blackfoot name Moh’kins’tsis, which is the ancestral territory of the Siksikaisitapi: the Blackfoot Confederacy of the Siksika, Kainai, Piikani and Amskapi Pikuni; the Îyârhe Nakoda Nations of the Wesley, Chiniki and Bearspaw; the Tsuut’ina Nation and the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3.  We honour all generations – past, present and future – of these Treaty 7 Signatories and all those who call Calgary and Southern Alberta their home and share this land in a spirit of peace, friendship and respect.

Our Dedication to Equality, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Calgary Bach Society celebrates the beauty of baroque and classical music as performed and loved by musicians and audiences all over the world. We recognise that music in all its forms is a crucial element of culture, a part of what makes us uniquely human. We welcome all participants — singers, orchestral players, audience, volunteers, donors, and supporters — regardless of their age, education, ethnicity, gender, marital status, place of origin, race, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or identity. Although the origins of our repertoire were in a time when many forms of discrimination were common, we are dedicated to equality, equity, diversity, inclusion, and a sharing of the music we love with all who welcome it.

"It's difficult to express what happens to your heart when you engage with achingly beautiful music.  The concert this afternoon was a reprieve from all worry; the forgotten joy of live music and the human voice in song was moving and memorable."

Cynthia S., audience member, November 2022

CALGARY BACH CHOIR is now auditioning choristers for all voice parts.  If you're an alumnus of one of Calgary's many fine choruses and you love to sing the music of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and other great composers from the Baroque or Classical era, you are encouraged contact us for an audition. 

We would like to invite you to volunteer for our upcoming casino on February 20 and 21, 2024.  Without you we would not be able to do what we do best, which is making great music! 

We are celebrating our 36th season in 2023-2024 with three wonderful concerts, and we hope you can join us!   



"...a significant voice in the early music landscape in Western Canada."

Stephan Bonfield, Calgary Herald

The Calgary Bach Choir is a DYNAMIC organization offering an exciting, three-concert season to Calgary audiences. 

Our choristers are adults from all walks of life who are PASSIONATE about classical music and the music of the Baroque period--its greatest composers--J.S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell, and Bach's musical predecessors, contemporaries and heirs. 

We strive for musical EXCELLENCE in our performances. We provide experienced, auditioned, amateur choral singers with an INSPIRING and challenging opportunity to immerse themselves in this WONDROUS MUSIC and to experience the thrill of performing it with professional musicians for the public.

We are a strong, welcoming, affirming and inclusive CHORAL COMMUNITY. 


We nurture the next generation of artists by providing performance opportunities.

We are a registered non-profit charitable organisation enriching the Calgary community with


If you'd like to join us, click the "Get In Touch" button below to contact our Artistic Director, Terry Edwards.

Calgary Bach Choir is proudly supported by grants from AFA and Calgary Arts Development, as well as by funds from AGLC and individual donors!


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Calgary Bach Choir, PO Box 30032, 6455 Macleod Trail S, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 2V8

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Inspiration through Music

In 1988 Christine Azad and Susan Lyle dreamed of creating a society with choir and orchestra to perform works by J.S. Bach and his contemporaries.​​​​​​​

In thirty-five years of music-making we have created some remarkable memories with music spanning six centuries:

Bach, Baroque and Beyond...

(* denotes Calgary Premier)

Choral Music of J.S. Bach

B Minor Mass

Four Missa Breves

St. Matthew Passion

Christmas Oratorio

Easter Oratorio

Ascension Oratorio

Six Motets

Numerous Cantatas and Motets


​Choral Music of Handel

Chandos Anthems Nos. 6a* and 10*.

Dettingen Te Deum*

Dixit Dominus* 

Four Coronation Anthems

Choral Music of Purcell

Birthday Ode for Queen Mary*, I was glad when they said unto me (Coronation Anthem, 1685)*, Jehova quam multi sunt hostes mei Z. 145*

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G minor Z. 231*, Rejoice in the Lord Alway Z. 49,

Te Deum and Jubilate for St. Cecilia's Day


Choral Music of Vivaldi

Magnificat* ,Introduction and Gloria RV588*, Introduction and Gloria RV589,

Kyrie RV  587*, Credo RV 591*


Renaissance and Baroque Choral Music

Aichinger Regina coeli

Allegri Misereri

J Bach Unser Leben ist ein Schatten*

J Chr Bach Lieber Herr Gott*

JE Bach Unser Wandel ist im Himmel*

JM Bach Ach bleib bei uns*

Buxtehude Alles was ihr tut*, Das neugeborne Kindelein*, Magnificat anima mea*

Caldara/Bach Sanctus in D minor BWV 239*

Charpentier Te Deum

Durante/Bach Missa in C minor*

G Gabrieli Christmas Motets

Gesualdo - O vos omnes

Gletle Regina coeli*

Kuhnau Magnificat*

Lotti/Zelenka Missa Sancti Christophori*

B Marcello Psalm 19

Pachelbel Christ lag in Todesbanden, Magnificat X

Palestrina/Bach Missa sine nomine*

Palestrina - Sicut cervus desiderat / Sitivit anima mea, Super Flumina Babylonis

Pergolesi Salve Regina II in C Minor, Stabat Mater

Pez/Bach Missa brevis BWV Anh 24*

Pitoni Cantate Domino

Praetorius Ein Kind geboren*, Halleluja Christ ist erstanden*, Puer natus*, Vom Himmel hoch*, Wie schön leuchtet

Rameau 'Grand Motet' In convertendo* 

Sances Ave Maris Stella*

D Scarlatti Stabat Mater* for 10-voice choir

Schein Zion spricht*

Schutz Magnificat*, Sei gegrüsset Maria*, Tröstet tröstet*, Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen*

Telemann Psalm 96*, Psalm 111*

Zelenka Magnificat*

Choral Music of the Sons of J.S. Bach

CPE Bach Magnificat*

JC Bach Gloria in excelsis Deo*, Introit and Kyrie from the Requiem*


Classical Choral Music

FJ Haydn - Little Organ Solo Mass

Mozart - Regina coeli KV 108 and Regina coeli KV 127


Romantic Choral Music

Mendelssohn Magnificat*.


Twentieth Century Choral Music and Beyond

Howells Like as the Hart, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb and Duruflé Requiem, R Thompson Alleluia

Calgary Bach Chamber Orchestra Past Performances

J.S. Bach Orchestral & Chamber Music

4 Orchestral Suites

6 Brandenburg Concertos

Chorale Prelude 'Nun komm der Heiden Heiland'

Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 after Vivaldi Op. 3, No. 8

6 Suites for Solo Cello

Trio Sonata 3 for Organ

Concerto for Violin in A Minor, BWV 1041

Concerto for Violin in E Major, BWV 1042

Organ Concerto, BWV 973

Oboe Concerto in F Major, BWV 1053

Prelude & Fugue, BWV 532

The "Schubler" Chorales:

Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645

Wo soll ich liehen hin, BWV 646

Wer nur den Lieben Gott lasst walten, BWV 647

Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 648

Ach, bleib' bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649

Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650

Toccata & Fugue, BWV 565

Five Canonic Variations on "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her", BWV 769

Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit, BWV 668 

Passacaglia, BWV 582 

Keyboard Concerto, BWV 1056 

Concerto in C for 2 Harpsichords, BWV1061 

Organ Concerto in D minor from Cantata 188 

Concerto in D minor for 3 Harpsichords, BWV 1063

Concerto in A minor for 4 Harpsichords, BWV 1065 

Trio Sonata, BWV 1035 

Sinfonia, BWV 1046a

 Prelude and Fugue in G Major for organ 

Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1060

Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1016 

Prelude and Fugue, BWV 536 

Prelude and Fugue, BWV 545

Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1015 

Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord, BWV 1031

Sonata for Cello and Harpsichord, BWV 1027 

Adagio, BWV 968 

Preludes and Fugues, from Well Tempered Clavier - Book II

Praeludium, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998

Sonata, BWV 964 

Toccata, BWV 914

English Suite No. 2 

Passacaglia and Fugue for organ, BWV 582 

Sonata for Viola, BWV 1009 

Trio Sonata, BWV 1044 

Orchestral Music of Other Composers

Albinoni – Concerto for Piccolo trumpet, Op. 9 No. 2 

Albinoni - Concerto for 2 Oboes in C Major 

CPE Bach - Symphony in E Flat Major Wq 179

JCF Bach - Sinfonia in D Minor 

WF Bach - Adagio and Fuge in D Minor

Boccherini - Cello Concerto in B Flat Major 

Boyce - Symphony in B Flat Major, Op. 2 No. 1

Boyce - Sinfonia 

Corelli - Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8 "Christmas Concerto" 

G. Gabrieli - Sonatas and Canzones for Brass Choirs 

Handel – Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op. 6 No. 9

Handel – Concerto Grosso, Op. 3 No. 1 

Handel - Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 11 

Handel – Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 12

Handel - Trio Sonata in A Major 

Handel – Trio Sonata, Op. 2 No. 5 

J.L Krebs - Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in A minor  

A. Marcello - Oboe Concerto in D minor 

M. Richter / Vivaldi - The New Four Seasons - Vivaldi Recomposed

Schein - Canzon for brass ensemble

Telemann - Concerto in B Flat for Three Oboes, Three Violins and Continuo 

Telemann - Don Quixote Suite for Strings 

Vivaldi – Cello Concerto in B minor 

Vivaldi – Bassoon Concerto in C Major 

The Calgary Bach Choir is funded by Calgary Arts Development, AFA, ALGC Casino revenues, membership dues, and private donations.

The Calgary Bach Society is a registered charitable society #88797-7049RC.  Your donations are appreciated and tax deductible, too!  For information about how you can donate to the Calgary Bach  Choir, click on Support.

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2023-2024 SEASON

What’s Coming Up


19 November 2023

3 pm

Knox United Church 

506 - 4th Street, S.W.

L.C. Daquin - Grand Jeu et Duo X

J.S. Bach - Cantata, BWV 192 

M. Corrette - Symphonie des Noëls II

M.A. Charpentier - Messe de Minuit pour Noël

program subject to change

Hannah Pagenkopf, soprano

Aoife Bonaventura, alto

Tyler Fitzgerald, bass-baritone

Antonina Cox, organ & continuo harpsichord

Calgary Bach Choir and Chamber Orchestra

Terry Edwards, Artistic Director

Adult: $25

Senior: $20

Student: Free


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2 4 March 2024

3 pm

Knox United Church 

506 - 4th Street, S.W.

J.S. Bach - Cantata 1

C.P.E. Bach - Symphony in F Major, Wq 181

G.P. Telemann - Psalm 96


program subject to change

Hannah Pagenkopf, soprano

Aoife Bonaventura, alto

Jason Ragan, tenor

Tyler Fitzgerald, bass-baritone

Calgary Bach Choir and Chamber Orchestra

Terry Edwards, Artistic Director

Adult: $25

Senior: $20

Student: Free

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A Co-Production with Kensington Sinfonia


9 June 2024

3 pm
Knox United Church
506 - 4th Street, S.W.

D. Milhaud - La Création du Monde

O. Gjeilo - Sunrise Mass:

I. The Spheres

II. Sunrise

D. Seidle - Chinook

J. Montgomery - Starburst

G.F. Händel - Chandos Anthem X


program subject to change

Hannah Pagenkopf, soprano

Jason Ragan, tenor


Kensington Sinfonia

Andrea Case and Genevieve Micheletti, Artistic Directors

Calgary Bach Choir

Terry Edwards, Conductor

Adult $25

Senior $20

Students Free


Calgary Bach Choir

PO Box 30032

6455 Macleod Trail S

Calgary, Alberta

T2H 2V8

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