Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is widely recognized as one of Canada’s finest orchestras. It has been an integral part of our vibrant community for over fifty years. Cantaré is thrilled to join forces with both the orchestra and the CPO Chorus to present major choral / orchestral works. In addition, Cantaré has been featured as the guest artist in a variety of concerts from the Treble Choir / Orchestral repertoire, including:

Adams On the Transmigration of Souls (September 2011 and May 2007) 

Blake The Snowman and Richardson Making Light (December 2018)

Bach St. Matthew Passion (March 2012)

Bachman Daughter of Elysium World Premiere (April 2016)

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (April 2016, May 2014, November 2012, September 2011, November 2008, May 2007)

Berlioz Damnation of Faust (November 2015)

Kuzmenko Behold the Night (September / December 2018)

Mahler Symphony No. 8 (June 2016)

Orff Carmina Burana (April 2015)

Arnesen, Gjeilo, Rune’s Christmas (December 2018)

Ryan Afghanistan:  Requiem for a Generation World Premiere (November 2012) (November 2017)

Shore The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (May 2019)

Shore The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (May 2013)

Shore The Lord of the Rings Symphony (October 2008)

A Traditional Christmas (December 2016, 2013, 2010, 2005)

Tosca in Concert (October 2013)

The Poet Sings Treble repertoire for The Discovery Series (October 2006) 


Cantaré Children’s Choir has enjoyed a long and rewarding association with Calgary Opera. Our collaboration has been a huge benefit to both organizaitons. We provide prepared, attentive and focused boys and girls of varying ages who are excellent musicians; we, in turn, are welcomed into a professional organization that gives us the opportunity to share our singing (and acting) skills in an exhilarating environment (costumes/sets/props) while learning about the operatic art form and the music and stories of the great operas. In addition, all choristers in our program have the opportunity to attend the Dress Rehearsal for Calgary Opera productions. We have participated as performers in the following operas:

The Ballad of Baby Doe (January 2008)

Amahl and the Night Visitors (December 2018)

Carmen (April 2015, April 2007)

Dead Man Walking (January 2006) 

Dinner on the Set (March 2002)

Eugene Onegin (February 2018)

Everest (February 2019)

Filumena ( World Premiere - January 2003) (January 2017)

Flying Dutchmen (January 2014)

Hansel and Gretel (November 2002)

The Inventor (World Premiere - January/February 2011)

La Bohème (April 2012,  March 2002)

Madame Butterfly (April 2014)

Magic Flute (April 2006) 

Marriage of Figaro (January 2015)

Otello (November 2012)

Opera in the Village  (August 2016, August 2017)

Pagliacci / Gianni Schicchi (November 2011)

South Pacific (Opera in the Village Summer 2017)

Susannah (January 2001)

Sweeney Todd (January 2004)

Tosca (April 2008,  April 2018)

Turandot (April 2017, November 2005)

Luminous Voices

Luminous Voices is Calgary's professional chamber choir. Comprised of some of the finest ensemble singers in Calgary, the choir also brings together exceptional singers and musicians from across the continent to collaborate with local performers.

Cantare has been thrilled to work with Calgary's professional chamber choir and Director Timothy Shantz on numerous occasions, most recently performing as Youth Spotlight Artists at their performance The Journey.

Spiritus Chamber Choir

Spiritus Chamber Choir, Calgary's award-winning chamber choir, is committed to providing high-quality concerts to choral music lovers in Calgary and surroundings. Their members are accomplished performers who delight in sharing their love for music and the art of singing. Led by artistic director Timothy Shantz, the choir sings in a wide array of musical styles, from Renaissance motets to full-fledged choral-orchestral masterworks. Spiritus was recently recognized as one of the finest amateur choirs in the country when they received the Healey Willan Grand Prize from the Canada Council for the top amateur choir in Canada in 2013 and 2017.

Connect, Create! (2015)


Festival Chorus has been Calgary’s acclaimed community chorus for nearly fifty years. Under the direction of Mel Kirby since 1991, the Chorus has expanded its offering of the classical oratorio repertoire to include a burgeoning interest in performing world music from other cultures. Cantaré is delighted to have joined Festival Chorus for these productions:

Paul McCartney Ecce Cor Meum (2011)

Paul Winter Missa Gaia (2008)

Benjamin Britten St. Nicholas (2004)

GF Handel Joshua (2004).

Calgary Civic Symphony

Formed in 1975 and boasting 80 members, the Calgary Civic Symphony is Calgary's community orchestra.  Under the direction of Rolf Bertsch, the Civic presents five concerts each season.  Cantaré is thrilled to have joined the Civic for these presentations:

Bach for the Holidays [November 2015)

Carl Orff Carmina Burana (November 2011)

John Burge Angels' Voices (February 2011)

Beethoven  Symphony 9 (November 2009)

Songs of the Season (December 2008).

Calgary Bach Festival Society

Dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation for the music of JS Bach and other Baroque composers, and founded in 1988, the CBFS has at its heart a volunteer choir which is complimented by professional soloists and instrumentalists.

Baroque Lamentations and Rejoicings (2012)

Children's Concert (2008, 2003, 1999)

Bach Choral Marathon (2000)

Calgary Pro Musica

Apollo Fire Baroque Orchestra (2009)

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (2017)

Calgary Wind Symphony

Around the World in Eighty Minutes (2017)