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
"Each decision Mr. Edwards made in his conducting was a joy to hear..." (Calgary Herald)
Terry Edwards is in his thirteenth 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 contextualising 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 studied piano with William Moore and Charles Reiner, and vocal accompaniment with Eleanor May, Michael McMahon and Jan Simons. He studied orchestral and choral conducting in Canada and in England, Italy, Norway and the United States. His choral and orchestral conducting mentors include Kathryn Laurin, Heather Buchanan, Anthony Di Ritis, George Hurst, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Simon Carrington and Dale Warland.
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 Cantaré 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.
& KEYBOARD CONTINUO
Antonina Cox brings an impressive musical background to her work with the Calgary Bach Choir. She was educated at the Special Music School in Minsk, Belarus and at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, where she studied with Vladimir Shakin and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Education and a Master Degree in Musicology. She completed the Master of Teaching program at the University of Calgary and obtained teaching certification in Alberta.
Before leaving Belarus she taught elementary school, sang in the internationally recognized a cappella choir Camerata Belarus and accomanied choirs and ballet studios. Since moving to Canada in 1992 she has studied organ performance at the Mount Royal Organ Academy with Terrence Fullerton and Neil Cockburn. Antonina received an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists Diploma. She has accompanied the Mount Royal Children’s Choir and Cantaré Children’s Choir, the former Calgary Choral Society-now Revv 52 Choir, the Dutch Canadian Choir, Calgary Men's Chorus, Savridi Singers and Rachel Hop Studio. She has travelled with groups as a pianist and organist in Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, Ireland, Bulgaria, New Zealand, Australia, Italy and the Vatican. She has been music and choral director at Parkdale United Church, St. Matthew’s United Church, and now directs at Red Deer United Church.
In addition to accompanying the Calgary Bach Choir, Antonina also works with Calgary Women's Choir, Big Rock Singers, several elementary and high school choirs. She has taught at Akiva Academy and Calgary Girls School and also has private piano and theory students.
The Calgary Bach Choir's memorable performances have been enhanced by Antonina's deep love and understanding of Baroque music and particularly the music of J.S. Bach.
CHORAL VOCAL COACH
Lauren Woods is a coloratura soprano from Calgary, Alberta. She has been a performer since she was a child, beginning with choir, piano, and competitive figure skating. She completed a vocal performance diploma at Mount Royal University, and went on to the University of British Columbia where she received a bachelor’s degree in Opera. Lauren now carries a Master's in Voice Performance from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. She was recognized as a finalist in the Wirth Vocal Competition in Montreal, and was one of six singers to represent Canada in the international Belvedere competition in Amsterdam in 2015.
Most recently, Lauren was one of Calgary Opera's Emerging artists for the 2016-2017 season. During the program, she played Laurette in Le Docteur Miracle, Fairy-Godmother and Clorinda in Cinderella, and covered Adele in Die Fledermaus. Previous roles include: the title role in Rodelinda, Amy in Mark Adamo's Little Women (Opera McGill), Adina in Love Potion No. 9 (Cowtown Opera), Rose in Jake Heggie's At the Statue of Venus, l'Amour in Rameau's Pygmalion (Opera McGill), The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Musetta in La Bohème, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Meg in The Phantom of the Opera (Cowtown Opera), Gilda in Rigoletto, Sophie in Wether (Calgary Concert Opera), and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera NUOVA). At UBC she played Countess Blavinskeya in the world premiere of The Dream Healer, Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff and Despina in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte in the Czech republic, Ontario and Vancouver.
Lauren has been fortunate to tour across canada with Cowtown Opera in Toronto and Charlottetown, as well as Mercury Opera, in Alberta and Ontario. She's worked with the edgy opera company on various projects including Fiamma (Magnetic North Festival in Ottawa) and 109 Underground in Edmonton (Omni TV documentary).
Aside from performing across the country, Lauren is a prominent voice/piano teacher and adjudicator in Alberta. She is a member of the vocal ensemble 'La VIe' and is the event manager for Cowtown Opera. Lauren is extremely passionate about music and acting, and she believes that music broadens the mind, feeds the soul and enriches lives. The choristers of the Calgary Bach Choir are pleased to work with Lauren and benefit from her vocal expertise.
ORCHESTRAL PERSONNEL CONTRACTOR
Dean O’Brien earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, with additional studies at the Peabody Conservatory and the Banff Centre. Before moving to Calgary, Dr. O’Brien taught viola and violin at Medicine Hat College and performed extensively in both Canada and the U.S. He has served as principal viola of the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, the Victoria Bach Festival and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and has played with the Austin, San Antonio, Albany, NY and Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestras as well as the Calgary Philharmonic. He has performed with many leading chamber musicians including Anton Kuerti, Andrew Dawes, Ian Swenson and Kai Gleusteen. Dr. O’Brien is currently an Instructor at Mount Royal Conservatory and the University of Calgary where he performs with the UCalgary String Quartet. He is also Principal Viola of the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Kensington Sinfonia and Artistic Director of Calgary Pro Musica. Dr. O’Brien spends his summers in Boulder as a member of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.
PAST ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
CHRISTINE AZAD & SUSAN LYLE
CHRISTINE AZAD & ROBERT SCHMIEL
CHRISTINE AZAD & JANET YOUNGDAHL
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