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WHO THEY ARE

Over the years, Calgary Bach Choir has become "a significant voice in the early music landscape in Western Canada" (Calgary Herald).


When it comes to their future plans, this choir is blazing interesting musical trails as they continue to explore the music of J.S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and other Baroque composers. To find out more or see them in action, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR TERRY EDWARDS

"Each decision Mr. Edwards made in his conducting was a joy to hear..." (Calgary Herald)


Terry Edwards is in his twelfth season of presenting inspiring and imaginative programs with the Calgary Bach Choir that are designed to portray the full range of Johann Sebastian Bach's genius as well as his lasting influence, all the while enticing new listeners.  Terry has become known for contextualizing Bach's music with that of his Baroque contemporaries.  He and the Calgary Bach Choir have explored music of the English, French, German and Italian Baroque masters, as well as many of Bach's cantatas, masses and instrumental works.  Together they have also expanded the scope of the society's repertoire by performing works of Bach's musical ancestors and descendants.

Terry earned a Master's Degree in Music Performance from McGill University, Bachelor's Degrees in Arts (French and German), Music, and Education from the University of Regina, in addition to an Associate Performer's Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. He has studied orchestral and choral conducting in Canada and in England, Italy, Norway and the United States.

Terry's previous positions include Artistic Director and Conductor of Voix des Rocheuses and the Calgary Catholic School District Teachers' Choir,  as well as Founder and Artistic Director/Conductor of the CCSD Arabesque Women's Chamber Choir, Substitute Conductor for the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus under Rosemary Thomson and for Cantare Children's Choir under Catherine Glaser-Climie, and Assistant Conductor of Spiritus Chamber Choir under Pierre Simard.  A former Consultant for the Fine Arts in the CCSD; Terry is now the head of the International Languages and Fine Arts departments at a high school where he teaches French and directs a large choral program.

 

PAST CONDUCTORS

CHRISTOPHER LYLE

1988-1990

SUSAN LYLE

1990-1992

JAMIE SYER

1992-1995

MEL KIRBY

1995-2000

JANET YOUNGDAHL

2000-2008

 

PAST ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

CHRISTINE AZAD & SUSAN LYLE

1988-1994

CHRISTINE AZAD

1995-1998

CHRISTINE AZAD & ROBERT SCHMIEL

1998-2002

CHRISTINE AZAD & JANET YOUNGDAHL

2002-2004

JANET YOUNGDAHL

2004-2008

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS & ADMINISTRATION

TIM BELL

President

JEROME CANON

Vice President 

YMÈNE FOULI

Past President

HELEN ISAAC

Treasurer

SHELLEY WONG

Secretary

MARCIA EPSTEIN

Director

TERRY EDWARDS

Artistic Director & Conductor

JILL LAFORTY

Administrator

TOKIE BRIDEAUX COMMUNICATIONS

Media & Public Relations

SUE HAUKE DESIGN

Graphic Design

DEAN O'BRIEN

Orchestral Personnel Contractor

LAUREN WOODS

Choral Vocal Coach

ANTONINA COX

Rehearsal Accompanist & Keyboard Continuo