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Our Director


Artistic Director

Our Director


Artistic Director

Catherine Glaser-Climie

Founder/Artistic Director

Catherine Glaser-Climie, Founder / Artistic Director of the Cantaré Children's Choir Program, is no stranger to the choral community. For more than thirty years she has nurtured singers through her acclaimed work with choirs. Choirs under her direction have won awards at the local, provincial and national level and regularly perform with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Calgary Opera, and are frequently heard on radio and television. In addition, her choirs have been invited to perform at many prestigious events: ACCC Podium; Organization of American Kodály Educators; Choral Music Experience International Symposium; Alberta Music Conference; Alberta Choral Federation; Kodály Society of Canada National Conference; and the Alberta Kodály Association Conference. Ms Glaser-Climie's choirs have received invitations to prestigious events in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. 

Having earned a Bachelor of Music [Voice] and a Diploma FA [Kodály] from the University of Calgary, Ms. Glaser-Climie utilizes extensive experience in choral conducting and Kodály pedagogy. She has pursued advanced studies in voice, piano, organ, flute, choral conducting and Kodály pedagogy. She is able to combine her own extensive musical experience with a remarkable ability to train and motivate others, based on a genuine affection and respect for each singer. A deep conviction that ordinary children can achieve extraordinary heights guides her singers in the pursuit of excellence, resulting not only in the nurture of musical development, but also unprecedented personal growth, which instills confidence, poise and determination.

Eric Dawson of the Calgary Herald said this of Catherine Glaser-Climie, "Anyone who thinks that children's choruses can be - or should be - condescended to have not heard the young people trained by Catherine Glaser-Climie. This was not a quaint display, it was evidence of quality, discipline and hard work in a varied and challenging repertoire." "The rapt attention Ms. Glaser-Climie earned from her charges was reflected in their singing. Most impressive, quite apart from a security of intonation you would hardly expect from singers so young, was the attention to words."

As a singer, Ms Glaser-Climie has performed as a soloist in a three concert series with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She was featured in recital with the highly-acclaimed Beau Quartet, and at the U of C New Music Festival.

In recognition of Ms. Glaser-Climie's significant contribution to the choral community, she was awarded the "ConSpirito Award" in 2006 by Choir Alberta and honored by Choral Canada.

Ms. Glaser-Clime is well known to audiences through her decade of work at Mount Royal College Conservatory, where her vision guided the Junior Children's Choir and Songsters to national recognition for excellence, having won numerous awards at the local, provincial and national level.

Recognized as a leader in the development of curriculum as an early childhood music specialist, Ms. Glaser-Climie also instructs theKodály Music Explorers Program for 3 - 7 year olds.  This unique program offers young children the ability to explore the magic of music through a singing approach. Previously, she was co-founder and instructor at Cantate Music School for 12 years and coordinator of the Mount Royal college ConservatoryKodály Musicianship Program. She was featured as a presenter at the InternationalKodály Symposium in 1991 and invited to sit on the Symposium's Panel for Early Childhood Music Education. Ms. Glaser-Climie has been a frequent clinician/lecturer for the Alberta Kodály Association and the Kodály Society of Canada. 

A leader in the development of fine arts business strategy, Catherine was a member of the inagural class of the Rozsa Arts Management Program offered in conjuction with the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. She was recently a nominated finalist for the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management.
 

Ms. Glaser-Climie's dedication to church music is evidenced by a life-time of service to the church. She served Shepard King Lutheran Church for nearly twenty years, five of which were as full time Minister of Music. Currently she serves as Minister of Music at Lutheran Church of the Cross. She represented Canada at an International Symposium on Lutheran Hymnody.  At the National Lutheran Worship Conferences, she presented sessions on children's choirs and was thrilled to serve as organist for worship services.

In great demand to share her expertise with all levels and ages, and known for her captivating warmth and enthusiasm, invitations to appear as adjudicator, lecturer and clinician have taken Ms. Glaser-Climie across the country. She is an active member of many choral and music education associations, and has served as a board member at the local, provincial and national level.

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Collaborative Pianists


Collaborative Pianists

Collaborative Pianists


Collaborative Pianists

 

Collaborative Pianists

Cantare is proud to have partnered with many of Calgary's finest pianists over its history. Their level of musicianship is unparalleled and our program would not be what it is without their incredible support.

 
 

Sandra Joy Friesen      DMus, MMus, BMus

accompanist for Cantare and Cantando, Sandra Joy completed the Doctor of Music Degree as a scholar of the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies, and also holds degrees from the Univeristy of British Columbia [BMus, MMus] and the Canadian Mennonite Univeristy [Bachelor of Church Music].  She has received numerous awards for her work from organizations including the University of Alberta, Government of canada, Canadian Federation of University Women [Nationa], Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Edmonton Arts Council.

Dr.. Friesen is a pianist with a broad range of repertoire an dmusical interests, from traditional to contemporary, to interpretation of pictorial scores and interdisciplinary collaboration.  She has played through Canada, the US, Austria, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Poland, and Slovenia.  Studies in improvisation and free-interpretation and research into extended piano techniques and contemporary aesthetics continue to be sources of inspiration in her career.  

Dr. Friesen is a Branch Instructor for the MRU Conservatory, teaching out of her Sound Reflections Music Studio in the Arbour Lake NW area.

 
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Evan Mounce      BMus, mmus 

accompanist for Cantilena and Cantiga, Evan is a native of Nova Scotia who holds a MMus from the University of Toronto and a BMus from Mount Allison University in classical saxophone. Primarily a pianist and coach these days, Evan has recently been heard with Calgary Opera in The Magic Flute, L'enfant et les sortileges, Scorpion's Sting, Portrait of Manon, Hansel and Gretel, and South Pacific. Evan also enjoys working with Cowtown Operam and has music directed several of their productions. Evan has attended Opera NUOVA, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, and the Vancouver International Song Institute and has done apprenticeships at St. Andrews By the Sea, and Opera on the Avalon. Even is also a pianist and accompanist at Lutheran Church of the Cross.

Evan is excited to have recently added "dad" to his list of titles!

 
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Pamela Fast       Bmus, bed

collaborative pianist for Cantilena and Cantiga since 2000, earned a Bachelor of Church Music degree with a major in piano performance from the Canadian Mennonite Bible College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, under the guidance of Jean Broadfoot. She continued her studies at the University of Manitoba where she completed both a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education degree.

In Winnipeg, Ms Fast taught elementary school music and accompanied several community children's choirs. As a singer, she has performed with many choirs including the CMBC Singers, University on Manitoba Singers, the Mennonite Oratoria Chorus and ECCO. She offers private lessons in piano, flute and theory. Ms. Fast also serves as a workshop clinician for our choirs.

Pamela is a mother to three active boys, all of whom have sung in our Cantaré program.

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Photographer


 Photographer

Photographer


 Photographer

Bandi Szakony - Photographer

Everyone is beautiful and every moment is precious: My job is to remind you
— Bandi Szakony

Bandi Szakony is a professional photographer based in Calgary who has been a long time partner of Cantare Children's Choir. Bandi's beaming smile always brings out the shine in our choristers eyes as he helps to craft long term memories for our choristers and their families to enjoy. He routinely goes above and beyond for our choristers giving them the opportunity to have their memories stay with them forever no matter where the choir performs. 

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Body-Works Instructor


Body-works

Body-Works Instructor


Body-works

Body-Works: Brenda Reid

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21 Years of Cantaré Children's Choir would not have been possible without the unending contributions of Cantaré legend Brenda Reid. After her daughter Kathryn graduated from the program, Mrs. Reid stayed close to the Cantaré family to continue to motivate, guide, and nurture future generations of choristers. Along with assisting with nearly every rehearsal, concert, and tour since the choir's inception. Mrs. Reid represents the beating heart of the spirit of Cantaré showering our choristers with her kindness and wisdom.

A yoga teacher in Calgary for over ten years, Brenda is the founder and program director of Adagio Yoga which has been a longtime partner of Cantare Children's Choir. Body-Works classes give our students the opportunity to tune into their foundation and maintain their musical instruments - their physical bodies. She is passionate about building foundations for breath, postural alignment and movement for our singers which greatly improves their ability to harness their musical sound in both rehearsal and concert.

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Choir Society and Staff


Choir Society

Choir Society and Staff


Choir Society

Choir society and Staff

Cantaré Children's Choir is supported in its endeavours through the hard work and dedication of many volunteers who eagerly offer their expertise, assistance and leadership to the choir. Cantaré Children’s Choir Society is the organization formed by parents and community volunteers to share in implementing the vision of this unique choral program. CCCS is incorporated as a non-profit society in the province of Alberta (1997) and is recognized by Revenue Canada as a charitable organization. The Society provides enrichment opportunities through its fundraising endeavours and leadership to support the choir in its many and varied activities.


Our Staff

Catherine Glaser-Climie Founder/Artistic and Executive Director 

Ellie McCullough Program Administrator

Michelle Brooks Program Assistant

Birte Bergman Financial Administrator

Katelyn Gillies Pedagogical Assistant

Graeme Climie Business Strategy and Marketing

Marley Gillies Summer Student

Our Board of Directors for 2016-2017

President Stephen Spurgeon

Vice-President Damian Gillies

Secretary Hilary Argento

Treasurer Deb Lowe

Director Steve Patterson

 

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Program Faculty


Program Faculty

Program Faculty


Program Faculty

Musicianship Instructors

Connie Weryshko       BEd, DipFA (Kodaly)

provides an exceptional foundation of teaching experience as workshop clinician for our choirs. She is co-founder of Cantate Music School which offered the Kodàly Music Explorers Programme for young children for twelve years. Following many highly successful years as an elementary classroom teacher with the Calgary Board of Education, Connie taught in the Early Childhood Kodàly Musicianship Program at Mount Royal College Conservatory for 8 years.

As a music director for Foothills Lutheran Church, she developed music programs and activities for children and still serves as organist and choir accompanist. She has also taught private piano and theory lessons. 

Connie has been part of our Cantaré faculty since the inception of our choir.

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Parents


Parents

Parents


Parents

Cantaré Children's Choir is known for its tremendous volunteers - and how those volunteers contribute to our success!  As an expectation of membership, each family actively participates in the program in an appropriate volunteer capacity. Some choose to do so as part of our regular weekly activities while others choose to help with projects and events - some even choose to do both! It's important that we distribute the work load equitably amongst all Cantaré families. In truth, without the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, Cantaré Children's Choir would simply not exist.

We know that volunteers want to be involved in fulfilling and worthwhile ways. There is an abundance of volunteer opportunities within our program and we all know that many hands make light work! Through your active involvement in our program you will meet some of the most fascinating people you'll find anywhere. Our various needs and projects will provide you with the opportunity to explore hidden talents, improve your skills and derive tremendous satisfaction from knowing that you are part of the team. Children benefit from seeing their parents involved as volunteers and parents benefit from the variety of activities in which they can become involved - it's a win-win!!

Some ways that parents can become involved are: uniforms, music library, chaperoning, tour planning, administrative assistance, telephone committee, rehearsal assistance, fundraising, sign in... the possibilities are endless.

 

CANTARE CHILDREN'S CHOIR SOCIETY

Cantaré Children's Choir Society is the organization formed by parents and community volunteers that shares in realizing the vision of this unique choral program. Cantaré Children's Choir Society is incorporated as a not-for-profit society under the Society Act in the Province of Alberta. It is also recognized by Revenue Canada as a charitable organization, and as such is able to issue income tax receipts for donations received. A primary function of the Society is to undertake fundraising projects to provide enrichment experiences as an enhancement to the core program offered.

Each student is a member of the Society and is assessed an annual membership fee which is payable upon acceptance into the choir. Each student may be represented by a parent or guardian at meetings.

Tuition fees provide weekly instruction [the core program] for each of the ensembles. Funding for the enrichment program [vocal coaching, workshops, retreats, festivals, performances, bussing, touring, uniforms, music, etc.] is the responsibility of the Cantaré Children's Choir Society. A variety of fund raising events take place throughout the year in which support by all families is encouraged and expected.

 

PARENTS ASSIST CHORISTER BY:

  • Chauffeuring children to rehearsals, workshops, and performances
  • Assisting with the organization of music in preparation for each rehearsal [Cantilena / Cantiga]
  • Being in attendance for announcements at the end of every rehearsal
  • Providing support, encouragement, and enthusiasm
  • Providing assurance that each member is critically important - reinforce the special role that each member has
  • Encouraging the wise use of time and the anticipation of heavy school assignments
  • Encouraging (and perhaps assisting in) assignments and private study. The study of the text (practice saying or memorizing the words between rehearsal) is STRONGLY recommended. This can enhance the development of the choir and eliminate tedious hours of rehearsals. This is especially important for the younger choristers whose reading skills are less developed
  • Having a designated, visible place in your home for the Cantaré Music Bag

PARENTS ASSIST THE CHOIR BY:

  • Being in attendance for announcements at the end of every rehearsal
  • Checking email communication
  • Reading all written communication and handouts
  • All parents serve as Rehearsal Assistants on a rotation basis- every family is involved
  • Completing and submitting forms on the date requested
  • Informing the Cantaré Office ASAP of possible scheduling conflicts
  • Attending all parent meetings which may be called
  • Participating in all fund raising endeavors
  • Promoting the choir and its activities to friends, relatives, colleagues and business associates
  • Distributing concert promotion and promoting the sale of concert tickets
  • Every parent assists the choir through involvement in at least one of our committees