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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 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 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 vocal accompaniment 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'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 Choir.

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, Sinfonia Op. 3 No. 2+

J.S. Bach - Cantatas 4, 10, 12, 21, 29, 36, 50, 58 (aria), 68 (aria), 80, 110, 140 (chorales), 146, 147 (chorales), 150, 182

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

 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 No. 4*, Ode an die Freude (from Symphony No. 9)*

Berlioz - The Shepherds' Farewell*

Bernard (arranger) - Petite Suite Québecoise*

Bevan - Then Farewell, World*

Biber - Mystery Sonata No. 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 - Ching-a-Ring Chaw*, 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*

Debussy - Petite Suite*

Durante/Bach - Missa in C minor+

Duruflé - Notre Père*, Requiem Opus 9, Ubi Caritas*

Dvorak - Serenade Op. 22*

Fauré - Cantique de Jean Racine*, 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*

Hampton - Praise His Holy Name*, True Light*

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 - First Suite*, 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+, Nocturne (Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream)*

Mendelssohn - Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich*

Mozart - Ave Verum*, Laudate Dominum KV 339*, Regina coeli KV 108

Mozart - Overture to The Marriage of Figaro*, Requiem (Introit, Kyrie, Sequence)*

Mozart - Symphonies No. 29*,  No. 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

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*, Le Rouet d'Omphale*

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*

Stravinsky - Firebird Suite (1919)*, Octet*, Suites for Small Orchestra No. 1*, No. 2*

Stroope - Omnia Sol*, The Pasture*

Tallis - If ye love me*

Tate (arranger) - Roll, Jordan, Roll*

Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture*, Symphony No. 6*

Telemann - German Magnificat+

R. Thompson - Alleluia

Victoria - O magnum mysterium*, O vos omnes*

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

Vivaldi - Magnificat RV 611+

Webern - Passacaglia for Orchestra*

Weill - Little Threepenny Music*

Whitacre - Five Hebrew Love Songs*, Sleep*, The Seal Lullaby*

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 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. 

 

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LAUREN WOODS

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.

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

TIM BELL

JEROME CANON

YMÈNE FOULI

HELEN ISAAC

President

Vice President 

Past President

Treasurer

SHELLEY WONG

Secretary

TERRY EDWARDS

MARCIA EPSTEIN

Director

JILL LAFORTY

ELWYN BROWN

Director

TOKIE BRIDEAUX COMMUNICATIONS

BRUCE RADDATZ

Director

SUE HAUKE DESIGN

Artistic Director, Choirmaster & Conductor

Administrator

Media & Public Relations

Graphic Design

ANTONINA COX

Rehearsal Accompanist & Keyboard Continuo

LAUREN WOODS

Choral Vocal Coach

DEAN O'BRIEN

Orchestral Personnel Contractor

MARK HAHLE

Vocal Soloist Coach

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