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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).

 

BAROQUE & BEYOND

When it comes to their future plans, this choir is blazing interesting musical trails as they continue to explore the music of Baroque composers and beyond. 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 fifteenth season of presenting inspiring and imaginative programs with the Calgary Bach Choir; contextualising Bach's music with that of his Baroque contemporaries, as well as tracing Bach's influence in works from more recent musical eras.  Together they have explored music of the English, French, German and Italian Baroque masters while expanding the scope of the choir's repertoire by performing music from the Renaissance, Classic, Romantic and Modern eras.

Terry earned 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, and a Master's Degree in Music Performance from McGill University.  He studied piano with William Moore and Charles Reiner, contemporary music performance with Bruce Mather, and collaborative instrumental and vocal performance with Eleanor May, Michael McMahon and Jan Simons. With the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts 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, Denise Ham, George Hurst, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Simon Carrington and Dale Warland.

Terry believes in the community-building impact of music-making, the emotional and physical benefits of choral singing, the powerful combination of great music and words, and the satisfaction that comes with the pursuit of musical excellence.

Terry Edwards' repertoire includes:
(* denotes works not performed with Calgary Bach Choir and Chamber Orchestra)
(+ denotes Calgary Premier)

Aichinger - Regina coeli à 4
Allegri - Misereri
C.P.E. Bach - Magnificat
J.C. Bach - Gloria in excelsis Deo, Introit and Kyrie from the Requiem, Sinfonia Op. 3 No. 2+
J.E. Bach - Unser Wandel ist im Himmel

J.S. Bach - Cantatas 4, 10, 12, 21, 29, 36, 50, 58 (aria), 68 (aria), 80, 110, 140 (chorales), 146, 147 (chorales), 150, 182, 191, 213 (First and Final Movt's)
J.S. Bach - Christmas Oratorio (selected chorales), Easter Oratorio, Magnificat BWV 243 (Et exsultavit)
J.S. Bach - Missa in G Major, Missa in G minor, Mass in B minor
J.S. Bach - Motets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, BWV Deest+, BWV 118+, BWV 231, BWV Anh 159
 J.S. Bach - Ouvertures 1, 2, 3, 4
J.S. Bach - Sanctus in D Major BWV 238
J.S. Bach - St. John Passion (selected choruses and arias)
J.S. Bach - St. Matthew Passion (selected choruses and arias)
W.F. Bach - Adagio and Fugue in D minor+
Barnwell - Wanting Memories*
Beethoven - Symphony 4*, Ode an die Freude (from Symphony 9)*
Berlioz - The Shepherds' Farewell*
Bernard (arranger) - Petite Suite Québecoise*
Bevan - Then Farewell, World*
Biber - Mystery Sonata 1 "Annunciation"+
Brahms - Academic Festival Overture*, Geistliches Lied*, Liebeslieder Waltzes*
Britten - A Ceremony of Carols*, A Hymn to the Virgin*, Rejoice in the Lamb
Buxtehude - Magnificat Anima Mea
Casals - Nigra sum*
Charpentier - Te Deum
Chilcott - Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit*, Midwinter*
Copland - I Bought Me A Cat*, Quiet City*
Corelli - Christmas Concerto Op. 6 No. 8
Daley - Flanders Fields*, The Lake Isle of Innisfree*, The Stars are with the Voyager*
Darke - In the Bleak Midwinter*
Durante/Bach - Missa in C minor+
Duruflé - Notre Père*, Requiem Op. 9, Ubi Caritas*
Fauré - Cantique de Jean Racine*, Pie Jesu and In paradisum (Requiem)*, Madrigal, Pavane*
Giovanni Gabrielli - Hodie Christus natus est, O magnum mysterium, Quem vidistis pastores
Gesualdo - O vos omnes
Gibbons - O Lord Increase My Faith*, The Record of John*
Gorecki - Totus tuus*
Grieg - Holberg Suite*
Hamilton - Only The Moon Has Secrets*
Hampton - Praise His Holy Name*, True Light*
J. Haydn - Missa brevis S. Joannis de Deo

M. Haydn - Tenebrae factae sunt*
Handel - Chandos Anthems 6a+, 9+, 10+
Handel - Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 11
Handel - 4 Coronation Anthems, Dixit Dominus
Handel - Judas Maccabeus (selected choruses)
Handel - Messiah (selected choruses and arias)
Holst - In the Bleak Midwinter*
Howells - Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks
Lauridsen - Dirait-on*, O magnum mysterium*, Sure on this Shining Night*
Lotti - Missa Sancti Christophori+
D.K. MacIntyre - Loch Lomond*
B. Marcello - Psalm 19*
Martin - Mass for Double Choir*
Mendelssohn - Magnificat+
Mendelssohn - Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich*
Mozart - Ave Verum*, Laudate Dominum KV 339*
Mozart - Regina coeli KV 108, Regina coeli KV 127

Mozart - Requiem (Introit, Kyrie, Sequence)*
Mozart - Symphonies 29*, 39*
Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakoff - A Night on Bald Mountain*
Oldroyd - Kyrie (Mass of the Quiet Hour)*
Pachelbel - Christ lag in Todesbanden, Magnificat in D
Palestrina - Sicut cervus desiderat - Sitivit anima mea, Super Flumina Babylonis
Palestrina/Bach - Missa sine nomine à 6
Patriquin (arranger) - Ah! Si mon moine voulait danser*, J'entends le moulin*
Pergolesi - Stabat Mater
Persichetti - Gloria*
Pitoni - Cantate Domino
Michael Praetorius - Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen*, Hallelujah Christ ist erstanden+
Purcell - I was glad when they said unto me (Coronation Anthem, 1685)+ 
Purcell - Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei Z. 145+
Purcell - 
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G minor Z. 231+
Purcell - Rejoice in the Lord Alway Z. 49
Purcell - 
Te Deum and Jubilate for St. Cecilia's Day
Purcell - Welcome to all the pleasures

Rachmaninoff - Vespers*
Rameau - In convertendo+
Raminsh - Upward going*
Ravel - La Valse*
Rutter - Candlelight Carol*, Carol of the Magi*, Hymn to the Creator of Light*, What Sweeter Music*
Saint-Saëns - Calme des nuits*, Les fleurs et les arbres*
Domenico Scarlatti - Stabat Mater à 10+
Schubert - German Mass (Sanctus and Agnus Dei)*
Schütz - Sei gegrüsset Maria+
Sibelius - Five Christmas Songs*
S. Smith - À la claire fontaine*
Stanford - Magnificat and Nunc Dimiitis in C*
Stroope - Omnia Sol*, The Pasture*
Tallis - If ye love me*
Tate (arranger) - Roll, Jordan, Roll*
Telemann - German Magnificat+
R. Thompson - Alleluia
Victoria - O magnum mysterium*, O vos omnes*
Vivaldi - Kyrie RV 587+, Credo RV 591+

Vivaldi - Introduction RV 639+ and Gloria RV 588
Vivaldi - Introduction RV 642+ and Gloria RV 589

Vivaldi - Magnificat RV 611
A.L. Webber - Pie Jesu (Requiem)*
Whitacre - Five Hebrew Love Songs*, Sleep*, The Seal Lullaby*





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ANTONINA COX

REHEARSAL ACCOMPANIST

& 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 St. Matthew’s United Church, Red Deer United Church, and now directs at Parkdale United Church.  

 

In addition to accompanying the Calgary Bach Choir, Antonina also works with the Calgary Women's Choir, Calgary Men's Chorus, Big Rock Singers, and 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. 

 

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DEAN O'BRIEN

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 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

BRUCE RADDATZ

President

ELWYN BROWN

Vice President 

TIM BELL
 

HELEN ISAAC

Past President

Treasurer

LAUREN HUTCHISON

Secretary

TERRY EDWARDS

MARCIA EPSTEIN

Director

JILL LAFORTY

SHELLEY WONG

Director

TOKIE BRIDEAUX COMMUNICATIONS

Artistic Director, Choirmaster & Conductor

Administrator

Media & Public Relations

SUE HAUKE DESIGN

Graphic Design

ANTONINA COX

Rehearsal Accompanist & Keyboard Continuo

DEAN O'BRIEN

Orchestral Personnel Contractor

MARK HAHLE

Vocal Soloist Coach

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