Dedicated to the performance of MUSIC from a variety of cultures and genres


PERFORMANCE & NEWS


During the year our choirs present a series of four regular concerts and many other special projects or event performances.  

NEW CD RELEASE - Playing with Fire is the new CD from our Youth Choir and it will be available on 
May 28, 3:00 pm at our "In Your Dreams" concert, Hawrelak Park.  




Upcoming Concerts for our 2016-2017 Season:

In Our Dreams - Sunday, May 28, 3:00pm, Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2A8.


 



Events we participated in earlier this year or last season:

At the Movies - Sunday, May 7, 2017, First Baptist Church



Winter Wonderland - Saturday, December  17, 7:00pm, St. McDougall United Church, 10086 MacDonald Drive.  Tickets $20/$15 and available from the choir or at the door.  We're thrilled to welcome the Charlie Austin Trio as we present a jazzy winter celebration, featuring the Bob Chilcott "A Jazz Mass".





Sing Out! Sunday, May 29, 3:00pm, St. Timothy's Anglican Church, 8420-145 St.  



Around the World Sunday, May 8, 3:00pm, First Baptist Church, 10031-109 St. 



Desert Concert Fundraiser Saturday, April 9, 7:00pm, West-End Christian Reformed Church.  

Ding Dong! Merrily On High - Our annual Christmas Concert, Saturday, December 12, 7:00pm at McDougall United Church. 

Fall Song
, Sunday, October 25, 3:00pm at City Hall. Admission is Free.


SING WE AND CHANT IT - Sunday, May 31, 3:00pm
St. Timothy's Anglican Church, 8420-145 St.
Join us for the year-end concert of our award-winning Youth Choir.  Songs of Love, Play, Nature, Action, Stories and Blessing bring our season to an end.

STORYTELLERS - Sunday, May 10, 3:00pm
First Baptist Church, 10031-109 St.
Join us for the year-end concert featuring our Primary, Junior, Boys' & Girls' Choirs.  Our Youth Choir will sing as guest, with all the choirs joining to tell you stories in song.


Hearth & Fire - Saturday, December 20, 7:00pm, McDougall United Church, 10025-101 St.
Songs of celebration and comfort will ring out as all of our choirs take to the stage for our annual Christmas celebration.  You'll also get a chance to raise your voice. Join us of for this seasonal choral extravaganza.


Fall Concert - Sunday, November 2, 3:00pm, City Hall
Free Admission
As usual, our first concert of the year begins at City Hall. This iconic venue is the perfect place for to begin our season of music making - and best of all, admission is free.

Pre-Tour Concert - Monday, June 30, 7:00pm, McDougall United Church, 10025-101 St.

Yes - the Youth Choir is heading to Riga, Latvia to participate in the World Choir Games.  Come hear the choir before the head out to their second Baltic tour, visiting Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.





Music for Life
 - Sunday, June 1, 3:00PM
- St. Timothy's Anglican Church

Magic in the Air - Sunday, May 11, 3:00pm
- First Baptist Church


Dessert Concert - Saturday, March 22, 2014 - West End Christian Reformed Church


Carols for a Winter's Eve'
 - Saturday, December 14, 7:00 pm
- McDougall United Church.






A FALL SONG - Sunday, October 27, 3:00pm



 

Youth Choir - Year-end Concert - Sunday, June 2, 3:00 pm, 

St. Timothy's Anglican Church
Join the Youth Choir as they end their season with a celebration in song.  Tickets are available at the door.

Sounds of Spring - Sunday, May 12, 3:00 pm - McDougall United Church
Once again we end our season with a concert that celebrates a year of learning and music making.




SEVEC Exchange 
 - April 11 - 17, Liverpool, NS
Our Girls' and Boys' Choirs travel to Liverpool, NS on the second leg of this exchange.  We get to explore the sights of Nova Scotia, perform with the QCGC and be hosted by them.


Sweet Love - Dessert Concert of our Youth Choir
Saturday, April 6, 7:00 pm, West End Christian Reformed Hall
Youth Choir members bake the desserts, serve the coffee and tea, and entertain you for this delightful fundraising event.  You don't want to miss this fun evening.






 SEVEC Exchange
 - March 7 - 11, Edmonton
Our Boys' and Girls' Choirs host the Queens County Girls Choir.  We show them the sights of Edmonton, perform with them, and take them to Jasper to explore the mountains.



EAST MEETS WEST 
- Saturday, March 9, 7:00 pm
St. Paul's United Church, 11526-76 Ave
Our Boys' and Girls' Choirs host the Queens County Girls' Choir from Liverpool Nova Scotia.  Join us for this special event, part of our SEVEC exchange with this Nova Scotia choir.  In April, we will travel to Liverpool to complete the exchange. Special guests Sangkor: the women's choir from Augustana campus of the University of Alberta.  Tickets available from the choir or at the door.




COME, REST AWHILE
Saturday, February 23, 7:00 pm, West End Christian Reformed Church
Our Youth Choir joins with the 80 voices of Vocal Alchemy to present a concert of hope and assurance, featuring the Requiem of Gariel Faure - including our own Boys' Choir as soloists.  Don't miss this chance to hear two of our choirs perform with an orchestra.  Tickets available from the choir or at the door.




CAROLS FOR A WINTER'S EVE 
- Saturday, December 15, 7:00 pm,
McDougall United Church.  

Our much anticipated annual Christmas Concert this year features the story of "Brother Heinrich's Christmas".  Don't miss this chance to sing carols, hear the children sing and to celebrate the season.


VIDEO GAMES LIVE -
Sunday, November 4, 7:30 pm
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Our Youth Choir is the resident choir for this annual video, orchestra, light-show extravaganza.  An entire concert of music from Video Games...go figure.  


A FALL SONG
 - Sunday, October 28, 3:00 pm, City Hall
FREE ADMISSION - join us for our first concert of the year, featuring all five of our choirs.



Cantate! - 
Youth Choir Year-End Concert

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 pm
St. Timothy's Anglican Church
8420-145 St.
Admission at the door


A May Song, May 13, 2:30 pm
Featuring all of our choirs.
McDougall United Church, 10086-101 Street


Youth Choir Tour - April 20-22
Tour to Banff Rocky Mountain Music Festival
Workshop in Calgary

Spring Tour - April 12 - 16
Boys' & Girls'
Choirs
Concerts in Jasper, AB and Vancouver, BC
with the Coastal Sound Children and Youth Choirs


Youthful Brass and Voice - Sunday, March 18
Girls' Choir and Boys' Choir with the Mill Creek Colliery Band
McDougall United Churc
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Choralfest - March 3-5
Boys' Choir, Girls' Choir, Youth Choir
Annual non-competitive choral festival in Edmonton

Fusion of Voices - Sunday, February 26, 7:00 pm
Youth Choir in concert with Vocal Alchemy
St. Andrew's United Church

Primary Choir Tour - Wednesday, February 15
Primary Choir on tour to Camrose.
Performance at a school, a workshop, some bowling and pizza!

Star Light, Star Bright, December 17, 7:00 pm
McDougall United Church, 10086-101 Street
Adults: $20, Seniors, Students: $15, Youth 10-17: $10, 
9 and under free


Saskatoon Tour - November 18-19
Youth Choir Tour - Unifest Music Competition and workshops

O Music - November 17, 7:30 pm
Youth Choir Concert with New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia (NEWS)
Myer Horowitz Theatre, University of Alberta

Voices West - November 11-13
Youth Choir Concerts and workshops with choirs from Vancouver, Prince George, North Battleford, Red Deer and Edmonton.

A FALL SONG - October 23
Our first concert of the season featured our Primary Choir in their first performance, our Boys' Choir, Girls' Choir and Youth Choir.

Camp Nakamun Retreat (annual) - September 23-25
Boys' Choir, Girls' Choir, Youth Choir - annual retreat to learn lots of music and spend a lot of time together.

CHORAL FAIR 2011 - September 18
City Hall Performance.



2010-2011 Season

PRE-TOUR CONCERT - July 3, 2011
Join us in wishing the Youth Choir well as they prepare to leave for a tour of China, July 5 - 18. They will just have finished a week of intense rehearsals where they will have learned some new songs and adjusted to the smaller tour choir size.  

CHINA TOUR, July 5-18, 2011

July 5 - Depart Edmonton for Beijing
July 6 - 8 - Beijing
July 9 - 11 - Xi'an
July 12 - 13 - Nanjing
July 14 - 15 - Hangzhou
July 16 - 18 - Shanghai
July 18 - Home to Edmonton


By Katie Maxfield
Edmonton Youth Choir member

After years of watching my three brothers trek all over the world with their boychoir, I finally got my chance. This July, I travelled with 25 other choristers in the Edmonton Youth Choir to China, where we toured for two weeks and sang concerts in the cities of Beijing, Xi'an, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Shanghai.
As we adjusted to the 14-hour time difference, we also adjusted to life in China, including curiously translated signs ("Heart cerebral disease sufferer, ascend the Great Wall to please watch for") and "squatty potties" (footprints and a hole in the ground). By the third day everyone was skilfully using chopsticks--and already beginning to crave milk and fresh, crunchy fruits and vegetables. The food was delicious, but we saw a lot of the same dishes twice a day for two weeks, and you can only eat so much bok choy. But even though we ate it repeatedly, we never grew tired of the watermelon that signalled the end of the seemingly endless dishes.

Our tour group hiked up the steep stairs of the Great Wall, pausing to take pictures of the view and of the Chinese characters carved into the stone. Chinese culture and symbolism gained new significance as we walked through the ancient Forbidden City. Most of us rode rickety old bikes around the city wall of Xi'an. We wandered through a beautiful bamboo forest and through a park in Nanjing in the pouring rain that refreshed our spirits (and our feet). We gorged ourselves on 18 varieties of dumplings at a special lunch. In Shanghai, an elevator took us to the 88th floor of the Jin Mao Tower, which provided a view over the city that houses 23 million people.

 We loved not only the sightseeing, but also the concerts, which took place every second day following an afternoon rehearsal. One song that deeply affected both the choir and the audience was a Chinese folk song, "Mo Li Hua" (Jasmine Flower Song). This song and even the flower itself have recently been suppressed by the Chinese government because of their association with the politically sensitive "Jasmine Revolution" in Tunisia. At our first concert we were not sure how the audience would react. When the song was announced, there was more murmuring than usual, but as the flute began to play the melody, the concert hall suddenly hushed, and then a barely perceptible hum arose. When we began to sing in Chinese, the audience broke into applause, and continued to applaud after every verse. They clearly loved it, and it quickly became one of our favorite songs to perform.  
 
At the end of every concert, audience members, especially children, would clamber onto the stage to take photos with choristers. Between photos, our choir director was busy keeping up with the demands for his autograph on our CDs.

At times it felt as if we were the center of attention, not only onstage but everywhere we went. From our first day in Tiananmen Square (political questions banned), we noticed people surreptitiously taking pictures of us or even in front of us, as if we were a tourist attraction. The bolder ones would ask to take pictures with us, sometimes putting their arm around us in a familiar way.

 After shopping at a gift store one day, some of my friends and I sang "O Canada" in 4-part harmony for the shopkeeper. She clapped and beamed wordlessly at me and I felt that, despite the language barrier, we had somehow become friends.

It was little experiences like these that we will remember most of all, that through our music on and off the stage, we became not only tourists, but ambassadors.


A MAYSING! - May 15, 2011

This year-end concert featured all three of our choirs.  This fun event allowed the choristers to sing their favourite songs and end the year with a bang. 


UBUNTU - April 29, 2011

The Guelph Youth Singers (Linda Beaupre conductor) joined our Boys' and Girls' Choirs in an African Themed concert.  This concert was a fundraiser for the G.A.N.G. (Grandmothers of Alberta for a New Generation), who raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation and work with grandmothers in Africa. 


FAURE REQUIEM - April 22, 2011

A number of our Youth Choir singers joined the St. Paul's United Church Choir for this presentation of the famous Faure Requiem, presented with orchestra.  


VIDEO GAMES LIVE! - April 18, 2011

16 of our Youth Choir singers formed the choir for this amazing show at the Jubilee Auditorium that featured live orchestra and choir (that's us) providing the musical accompaniment to video shots of all the great video games of the past and present.  It was great fun and a unique concept.
 

GUELPH TOUR 2011 - April 6 - 11, 2011

The Boy's and Girl's Choir travelled to Guelph, Ontario to participate in a SEVEC sponsored choir exchange with the Guelph Youth Singers, Linda Beaupre conductor.  We then hosted the Guelph choir from April 26 to May 1.


CHORALFEST NORTH - March 15, 2011

All three of our choirs performed and benefited from the expert adjudication of maestros Simon Carrington and Eric Hannan.


YOUTH CHOIR DESSERT CONCERT - February 26, 2011

This popular event featured the Youth Choir members as both entertainers and hosts.  They baked the desserts, made the coffee, set the tables, served, and of course sang.  All for your pleasure - and as thanks for your generous support of their fundraising efforts for the tour to China, July 4 - 18, 2011.

This was a GREAT success.  Thanks to all the choristers who worked so hard to make this happen.  To see the infamous Chicken Concerto, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0YLdk7_nK8



CD RECORDING PROJECT - February 2011

In February we continued our Christmas CD recording project. First Snow, a Winter-Christmas CD featuring all of our choirs should be available for fall, 2011.


ALBERTA CHILDREN'S CHOIR (HONOUR CHOIR) - February 5, 2011

Eight of our Boys' and Girls' Choir members performed as members of the Alberta Children's Choir. However, All of our Boys' Choir performed at the Honor Choir Concert as a feature choir. This was a significant honour for our singers.


CHRISTMAS AT THE JASPER PARK LODGE - December 17 - 19, 2011
 at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, AB.

Every year our choir books a large block of rooms at this wonderful resort lodge for our families to enjoy.  Alumni, relatives and friends of our choirs are also invited to join us for this relaxing time.   Once again we had a great time in front of the fire, on the ice or on the ski hill. 


A PRO CORO CHRISTMAS
December 12, 2010.  Sunday, 2:30 pm at the Winspear Centre, downtown Edmonton.

Edmonton Youth & Children's Choirs were thrilled to be the special guests of Pro Coro, Edmonton's professional choir.  We our own songs as well aswith Pro Coro and the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra. It is always a thrill to sing from the stage of the Winspear and the choirs sounded absolutely amazing. What a treat.  This picture is from the December 12 edition of the Edmonton Journal:





FIRST SNOW - December 10, 2011

This was our much loved annual Christmas Concert. The theme began with Snow and Ice but quickly moved to Warmth, Comfort and the Christmas season.
The church was full to overflowing, the choirs sounded magnificent, looked wonderful and our special guests from Pro Coro Canada added a magical element to the evening.  Thanks to everyone who came to hear the choir. 























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