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Cantilena


Cantilena

[can-ti-leen-ah;spanish "a little song"]

Cantilena


Cantilena

[can-ti-leen-ah;spanish "a little song"]

Rehearsals Mondays 6-7:15, Lutheran Church of the Cross

 

Cantilena is our ensemble intended as an introductory experience to choral singing for boys and girls who are 6 to 10 years of age. Basic skills in musical understanding and performance begin here and provide a wonderful framework on which children can build. The goal of our once weekly rehearsals is to instill a love of singing. A focus on unison song, an encouraging atmosphere, high energy activities and selected performance opportunities create a pleasurable experience for all.Cantilena participates in our four concerts, our Autumn and Winter Retreats, and our workshop programs.

 

 

Awards

Alberta Provincial Choir Festival Provincial stream 10 & Under

  • First Prize (2016, 2003)
  • Cold Lake Music Festival Plaque and the Donna and Larry Johnson Scholarship (2016)
  • Olga Nickle Memorial Foundation Scholarship & Kiwanis Music Festival Plaque 
  • Second Prize (2004)

Choralfest (presented by Alberta Choral Federation): 

Superior Rating (2005 - 1998)

 

Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival: 

  • Gold seals (2017,2016, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002)
  • Calgary Performing Arts Placque - General (2017)
  • Calgary Performing Arts Placque - COntemporary (2017)
  • T Eaton Plaque (2016)
  • Dalton Memorial Medal (2003)
  • Calgary Kiwanis Festival Medal (2004, 2003, 2002)
  • Calgary Foundation Scholarship (2004, 2003)

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Cantiga


Cantiga

[can-tee-gah; spanish "song"]

Cantiga


Cantiga

[can-tee-gah; spanish "song"]

Rehearsals Mondays 6:45-8:30 PM at Lutheran Church of the Cross

 

This ensemble is for boys and girls who are 8 to 11 years of age, have mastered the basic skills of musicianship / choral singing and who wish to continue their musical growth through the study of both unison and two part song repertoire. The children appreciate the child-centered approach offered. They further their development and enhance their growth as artists through performance opportunities.

 

Community 

In addition to performing in our four concerts, Cantiga is invited to perform throughout the community. In 2017 Cantiga performed "The Girl Who Loved Horses" with Lands End Ensemble as part of the Calgary Pro Music Family Series.  In 2016 Cantiga was featured performers at Music Conference Alberta.  In 2011, Cantiga performed Carmina Burana with the Calgary Civic Symphony.  In 2006, they joined Cantaré and Cantando as featured artists in a performance with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as part of their Discovery Series.  Cantiga is also invited to sing at prestigious events such as Harmony for Hope in support of Child Find, Hull Child and Family Services, Calgary Opera’s Dinner on the Set, Calgary Bach Festival Society, and with the Corpus Christi Male Chorus. Our popular School Concert Tours provide our singers with the opportunity to share their love of singing with Calgary area school children.

 

Calgary Opera

Members of our Cantiga ensemble have also performed in Calgary Opera’s productions of The Inventor, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Carmen, Dead Man Walking, Turandot, Sweeney Todd, La Boheme and Filumena.  

 

Cantiga Tour

Cantiga’s annual tours provide the opportunity for our choristers to share their joy of singing in schools, senior’s residences, churches and performance venues throughout Alberta.  It also allows our choristers to explore and learn about historic and cultural sites throughout our province.


TOURS:

Southwestern Alberta and the Crowsnest Pass (2017)

Southeastern Alberta and Medicine Hat (2016)

Central Alberta and Camrose (2015)

Southwestern Alberta and the Crowsnest Pass (2013)

Southeastern Alberta and Medicine Hat (2012)

Southwestern Alberta and Lethbridge (2011)

Central Alberta and Camrose (2010)

Southwestern Alberta and the Crowsnest Pass (2009)

Southeastern Alberta and Medicine Hat (2008)

Central Albertaand Leduc (2007)

Southwestern Alberta and the Crowsnest Pass (2005)

AWARDS:

Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival

  • Numerous gold seals (2017, 2016, 2013 - 2000)
  • Kiwanis Club of Calgary Scholarship (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) 
  • Calgary Performing Arts Festival Award - General (2016)
  • Calgary Performing Arts Festival Award - Recital (2017)
  • Calgary Foundation Scholarship (2007 - 2001)
  • Knights of the Round Table Award (2017, 2016, 2011, 2008) 
  • Dalton Memorial Medal (2007, 2001)
  • T. Eaton Medal (2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2003, 2002) 
  • Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival Medal (2007, 2005, 2002, 2000)

Choralfest (presented by The Alberta Choral Federation): 

  • Superior Rating (2011 - 1998)

National Music Festival of Canada 12 & Under

  • Second prize (2016, 2003, 2002)
  • Finalist (2008, 2007, 2004, 2001, 2000)

Alberta Provincial Choir Festival (National Stream) 12 & Under:

  • First Prize (2017, 2016, 2008 - 2000)
  • Heather Bedford-Clooney Plaque and Alberta Music Festival Trust Fund Scholarship [2017, 2016]
  • Olga Nickle Memorial Scholarship and Olive Emond Memorial Plaque (2008)
  • Donna and Larry Johnson Scholarship and Calgary Kiwanis Plaque (2007)
  • Olga Nickle Scholarship & Calgary Kiwanis Plaque (2005)
  • Olga Nickle Scholarship & Diane Johnston Plaque (2004 - 2000)

Alberta Provincial Choir Festival Provincial Stream 12&Under

  • First Prize (2016, 2011, 2010)
  • Donna and Larry Johnson Scholarship and Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival Plaque (2016, 2011, 2010)

Alberta Provincial Choir Festival: Provincial Stream 14 &Under

  • Second Prize [2016]

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Cantare


Cantare

[can-TAH-ray;Spanish:"I will sing]

Cantare


Cantare

[can-TAH-ray;Spanish:"I will sing]

Rehearsals Wednesdays 6:00-9:00PM at Lutheran Church of the Cross

 

Cantaré is the ensemble of our program for boys and girls ages 11 to 15.  Singers are challenged to new heights of musical sophistication through the study of high quality repertoire in unison and two, three and four part harmony.  Performance opportunities within the community and tours are an important enrichment to the training these advanced singers receive.

 

In the past, members of our Cantaré ensemble have been featured as performers in Calgary Opera’s productions of Otello, The Inventor, Tosca, Carmen, Turandot, Dead Man Walking, Magic Flute, Sweeney Todd, Hansel and Gretel, La Boheme, Susannah, and Filumena.  and at prestigious events forHer Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Alberta in 2005; the KodálySociety of Canada;  the Alberta Kodály Society; the Alberta Choral Federation; Calgary Concert Band; University of Lethbridge Singers; Chefs of UNICEF Gala; Banff International Television Festival Awards Ceremony; Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation; Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival Stars of the Festival Concert; Bob Carlisle and Orchestra; Bishop Grandin High School, and the Calgary Bach Society.

Touring is an important enrichment to the comprehensive training these singers receive.   In addition to touring on their own, singers from Cantaré regularly perform and tour with our ensemble Cantando.  Together, they are known as Cantidad.

Awards

Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival

  • Numerous gold seals (2013 - 1999)
  • Kiwanis Club of Calgary Scholarship (2013-2006) 
  • Calgary Foundation Scholarship - Esther Honens Fund (2005 -2001)
  • Calgary Foundation Scholarship (2000) 
  • Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival Award (2013 - 2000) 
  • Dalton Memorial Medal (1999)
  • Kiwanis Scholarship (1999) 
  • T. Eaton Award (2009)
  • Knights of the Round Table Award (2002, 2001) 
  • Macleod Dixon Scholarship (1999) 

Choralfest (presented by The Alberta Choral Federation): 

  • Superior Rating (2011 - 1998)

National Music Festival of Canada

  • First prize (2001) 
  • Dr. and Mrs. JFK English Plaque and Scholarship (2001)

Alberta Provincial Choir Festival (National Stream): 

  • First Prize (2001) 
  • Olga Nickle Memorial Scholarship and Alberta Choral Federation Plaque (2001)
  • Second Prize (2008-2002) (2000 - 1999) 

Alberta Provincial Choir Festival (Provincial Stream): 

  • First Prize (2011, 2007)
  • Second Prize (2010)
  • Alberta Choral Federation Scholarship and the Alberta Music Festival Plaque (2011) 
  • Alberta Choral Federation Scholarship and the Wind River Music Festival Plaque (2007) 

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Cantando


cantando

[can-tan-doh; italian "singing"]

Cantando


cantando

[can-tan-doh; italian "singing"]

Rehearsals Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:30PM at Lutheran Church of the Cross

 

Cantando is our ensemble for experienced high school singers 15 to 18 years of age, which made its debut in the 2002 - 2003 season.  In weekly rehearsals, these advanced singers are challenged to new heights of musical sophistication through the study of high quality repertoire.  Cantando offers experiences for guys with changed voices, gals singing advanced treble literature, and both joining together to explore the mixed choral repertoire. As our senior singers, one of Cantando’s most important roles is to serve as mentors for our younger singers.  

 

Cantando has been featured in performances at prestigious events throughout the province, including those for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Alberta in 2005; the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Mother’s Day Luncheon; Calgary Opera’s’ Impresario Dinner; and Foster’s Garden Chapel Candlelight Memorial Service.  Members of Cantando were also featured as soloists as the Three Spirits in Calgary Opera's production of the Magic Flute. 

Cantando regularly performs and tours with our ensemble Cantaré known as Cantidad.


Awards

Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival: 

  • Numerous gold seals (2011 - 2003)
  • Kiwanis Club of Calgary Foothills Scholarship (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) 
  • Calgary Foundation Scholarship - Esther Honens Fund (2007, 2004, 2003)
  • Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival Award (2011 - 2003) 
  • Knights of the Round Table Award (2013, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003) 
  • Norman Kennedy Memorial Award (2005) 
  • T Eaton Award (2013)

Choralfest (presented by The Alberta Choral Federation): 

  • Superior Rating (2011 - 2003)

Alberta Provincial Choir Festival (National Stream): 

  • Second Prize (2005, 2003)
  • Finalist (2004) 

Alberta Provincial Choir Festival (Provincial Stream): 

  • First Prize(2011, 2010, 2007)
  • Lethbridge Musical Theatre Scholarship and Rideau Music Plaque (2011, 2010)
  • Olga Nickle Memorial Foundation Scholarship & Drayton Valley KinettePerforming Arts Plaque (2007)

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Cantidad


Cantidad

[can-tee-dad; italian "singing"]

Cantidad


Cantidad

[can-tee-dad; italian "singing"]

Rehearsals Wednesdays 6:00-9:00 at Lutheran Church of the Cross

 

Cantidad is our ensemble which combines singers from Cantaré and Cantando.  The rehearsal time shared by the two ensembles is one of the most important and unique components of our program; the leadership of our senior Cantando singers together with the larger size provides the opportunity for all the singers to experience complex, advanced, four part treble repertoire.

Cantidad is invited to perform in many prestigious concerts and events such as those with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra [Beethoven’s 9th Symphony 3 times!;  Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings Symphony;  John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls [twice!];  Yom Ha Shoah Service of Remembrance; The Holocaust Remembrance Service;  Festival Chorus [Ecce Cor Meum; Missa Gaia;  St. Nicholas;  Joshua]  and The Calgary Civic Symphony [Angels’ Voices; Songs of the Season;  Beethoven’ s 9th Symphony].

 

Touring is an important enrichment to the training these exuberant singers receive - and together they have traveled the world!  International trips have taken Cantidad to historic venues in England, Germany, Italy and Ireland.  At home, the choir has travelled extensively throughout Canada and the United States.  In 2010 Cantidad traveled to Ottawa to perform for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip in a private ceremony at Rideau Hall.


Tours

Concert Tour of the NetherlandsBelgium, France (2017)

Northern Lights Tour (2016)

Unisong Festival and Ottawa Tour (2015)

Canterbury Festival and England Tour [2014)

Washington, DC Tour and Serenade Festival (2012)

Newfoundland Tour and Festival 500 (2011)

Ottawa Tour (2010)

Concert Tour in Germany (2009)

Niagara International Music Festival with Stephen Hatfield (2008) 

Coastal Sound International Choral Festival with Bob Chilcott and Christian Grases, Vancouver (2007)

Concert Tour in Italy (2006)

CME New Millennium Festival / CME Institute with Doreen Rao, at the University of Toronto (2005)

Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference, San Francisco (2004)

SEVEC Exchange with the Bach Children's Chorus, Toronto (2004)

Mississauga Children's Choir Festival with Simon Carrington (2004)

Southern Ontario and Niagara International Music Festival with Jonathan Willcocks, St. Catherines (2003)

CME Conducting Symposium and Millenium Festival in Ireland (2002)

Pacific International Children's Choir Festival in Eugene, Oregon with Doreen Rao (2000)

UNISONG Festival in Ottawa with Bruce Pullan (1999)


Awards

Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival

  • Numerous gold seals (2017, 2013 - 1999)
  • Kiwanis Club of Calgary Scholarship (2013-1999) 
  • Calgary Foundation Scholarship - Esther Honens Fund (2005)
  • Knights of the Round Table Award (2009) 
  • Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival Award (2013, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2005) 
  • Dalton Memorial Award (2010)

 

    Alberta Provincial Choir Festival (National Stream): 

    • Second Prize (2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2005) 

    Alberta Provincial Choir Festival (Provincial Stream): 

    • First Prize (2017)
    • Alberta Music Festival Trust Scholarship and 
    • Diane Johnstone Placque

    Choralfest (presented by The Alberta Choral Federation): 

    • Superior Rating