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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 thank all those who supported us in our recent casino.  Without you we would not be able to do what we do best - singing great music!  We are celebrating our 35th season in 2022-2023 with three wonderful concerts, and we hope to see you there!   



"...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 offer a season-long series of choral WORKSHOPS with guest conductors. 

We also 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 musical memories:

Bach, Baroque and Beyond...

(* denotes Calgary Premier)

Choral Music of J.S. Bach

B Minor Mass, Four Missa BrevesSt. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Easter OratorioSix Motets, and numerous canatas.


​Choral Music of G.F. Handel

Handel's Four Coronation Anthems, Dixit Dominus* and Chandos Anthems Nos. 6a* and 10*.

Choral Music of Purcell

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


Italian Late Renaissance and Baroque Choral Music

Gabrieli's Christmas Motets, Vivaldi's Magnificat* and Glorias RV588* and RV589, Durante/Bach Missa in C minor*

Allegri's Misereri, Lotti's Missa Sancti Christophori*, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Domenico Scarlatti's Stabat Mater* for 10-voice choir


French Baroque Choral Music

Rameau's 'Grand Motet' In convertendo* and Charpentier's Te Deum


Choral Music of the Sons of J.S. Bach

CPE Bach's Magnificat* and J.C. Bach's Gloria in excelsis Deo*


Romantic Choral Music

Mendelssohn's Magnificat*.


Twentieth Century Choral Music

Howells's Like as the Hart, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb and Duruflé's Requiem.

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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What’s Coming Up

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20 November 2022

3 pm

Knox United Church 

506 - 4th Street, S.W.

J.S. Bach - Cantata, BWV 191 "Gloria in excelsis Deo"

J.S. Bach - Orchestral Suite 3, BWV 1068

G.F. Händel - Four Coronation Anthems (1727)

HWV 258-261:

"Zadok the priest"

"Let thy hand be strengthened"

"The King shall rejoice"

"My heart is inditing"

program subject to change

Jonquil Koddo, soprano

Jason Ragan, tenor


Calgary Bach Choir and Chamber Orchestra

Terry Edwards, Artistic Director

Adult: $25

Senior: $20

Student: Free


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2  April 2023

3 pm

Knox United Church 

506 - 4th Street, S.W.

J.E. Bach - Unser Wandel ist im Himmel, BWV Anh 165

J.S. Bach - Ich lasse dich nicht, BWV Anh 159

C.P.E. Bach - Symphony in E Flat Major, Wq 179

J.C. Bach - Introit and Kyrie from Requiem Mass, W E11

F.J. Haydn - Little Organ Solo Mass, Hob. XXII:7

W.A. Mozart - Regina coeli, KV 127


program subject to change

Jonquil Koddo, soprano

Antonina Cox, organ

Calgary Bach Choir and Chamber Orchestra

Terry Edwards, Artistic Director

Adult: $25

Senior: $20

Student: Free

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11 June 2023

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

A. Vivaldi - Kyrie, RV 587

J.S. Bach/J.C. Pez - Missa Brevis, BWV Anh 24

A. Marcello - Concerto for Oboe in D Minor

A. Vivaldi - Credo, RV 591

J.C.F. Bach - Symphony in D Minor, W 1:3

J.S. Bach - Sanctus, BWV 239

A. Lotti - Benedictus and Agnus Dei from

Missa Sancti Christophori


program subject to change

David Sussman, oboe

Calgary Bach Choir and Chamber Orchestra

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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