Announcing, our concert offerings for 2019-2020.
Announcing, our concert offerings for 2019-2020.
Following eleven wonderful seasons with our beloved Artistic Director Tim Shantz, Spiritus looks ahead to a season of change as Shantz moves on to a position as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alberta.
As we begin our search for a new permanent Artistic Director, our singers and audience will have the chance to explore new sounds and new ideas under the direction of three of Canada's top choral conductors.
Dr. Brendan Lord, Executive Director of Choir Alberta will bring his expertise as Interim Artistic Director, and conduct our first concert, The Peace of Wild Things, in November.
Distinguished Swiss-Canadian conductor Michael Zaugg, Artistic Director of Edmonton's professional choir Pro Coro Canada, will lead our always-popular Spiritus Christmas concerts at the Bella Concert Hall and in High River.
Kathleen Allan is rapidly gaining recognition as one of Canada's top choral talents as a soprano, conductor and composer. She'll join us from her new home in Toronto (where she's taken over the prestigious role of Artistic Director of the Amadeus Choir) in April, for Through the Looking Glass, a fascinating program about the search for humanity in an increasingly technological world.
Throughout the concert season, we will be interviewing and auditioning candidates for a new permanent leader. We plan to announce and introduce you to the new Artistic Director of Spiritus Chamber Choir at our concert in April.
Please join Spiritus for this exciting, challenging new chapter in our musical story, A Season of Change!
5 July 2017. Spiritus Chamber Choir has been awarded the prestigious Healey Willan Prize for best performance in Choral Canada's National Competition for Amateur Choirs.
This prize is awarded to a choir that distinguishes itself by its musicianship, technique, and choice of program. This is the second time Spiritus has received this award, first receiving the prize in 2013. Over seventy choirs from across Canada submitted to the 2017 competition, and the winner was announced in Ottawa on Canada Day.
Thank you to Choral Canada for continuing to support our National Choral communities. Thank you also to CBC, who were supporters of the competition through the CBC Music Artists page, as well as announcing the award winners on Choral Concert, hosted by Katherine Duncan. Congratulations to Timothy Shantz and members of Spiritus on this remarkable achievement!
25 June 2017. We are thrilled to learn the news that Spiritus Chamber Choir was awarded first prize in two categories of the 2017 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs (NCCAC), sponsored by Choral Canada, as well as a SOCAN Canada 150 prize. The two categories were Adult Mixed-Voice Community Choirs (Category 6) and Contemporary Music (Category 11)—open to all choirs in all categories. Timothy Shantz, Artistic Director, says "It was a thrilling morning to be honoured with awards as part of the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs! Thank you to Spiritus for continuing to meet together every week to make wonderful music. Thank you for your musicianship, dedication and friendship. Congratulations to all the singers, choirs and conductors from across the country and thank you to Choral Canada and the great CBC for carrying on the tradition!" Spiritus' submissions can be heard by clicking on this link.
Spiritus thanks Choral Canada and the CBC for running this year's competition.
Spiritus Chamber Choir, Calgary's award-winning chamber choir, is committed to providing high-quality concerts to choral music lovers in Calgary and surroundings. Our 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.
“Quality attracts— and for lovers of fine choral music, Spiritus Chamber Choir has come to mean refinement, poise and rich expression in choral singing.” — Calgary Herald
Spiritus Chamber Choir is an internationally award-winning amateur choir founded in 1995, based in Calgary, Canada. Under the direction of Timothy Shantz since 2008, Spiritus has been recognized both nationally and internationally for its high-quality performances, musicianship and unique collaborations. Spiritus is committed to excellence in choral music, performing for music lovers in Calgary and surrounding areas.
Concert programming by the choir portrays a broad range of repertoire. In addition to performing choral classics, the choir has commissioned works by Canadian composers Allan Bevan, Georgina Craig, Quenten Doolittle, Jeff Enns, George Fenwick and Zachary Wadsworth. Spiritus also collaborates regularly with such diverse groups as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Opera, New Works Calgary, Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Early Music Voices/VoiceScapes, Pro Coro Canada, as well as many local choirs including The Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players, The Calgary Girls Choir, Cantare Children's Choir, EnChor Chamber Choir & Mount Royal Kantorei to name a few.
Among its many accolades, Spiritus was awarded the prestigious Healey Willan Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts at the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs in 2017 and 2013. In 2014 the choir earned 2nd prize at the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition in Cork, Ireland. At the same competition, Spiritus won the Heinrich Schütz Perpetual Trophy for the best performance of a work by the German composer. In May 2011, at the Florilège Vocal de Tours International Choral Competition (Tours, France), Spiritus won the Ministry of Culture prize for the best performance of a work by a French composer.
Spiritus has produced five recordings to date, the most recent being James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross (2014). This, as well as the album All the Stars Looked Down, are available online.
The heart of a great choir is its dedication to artistic excellence. This year, Spiritus is proud to launch Spirit of Excellence. It is an opportunity for you to join a community of people with a passion for choral music by investing in current and future artistic activities of Spiritus Chamber Choir. Funds raised will support guest artists, collaborations, commissions and new artistic initiatives. Join a growing community of music lovers in celebrating Spiritus' history, and supporting our continued ambition to be an internationally recognized amateur chamber choir within a city known for its love of choral music.
Each year Spiritus Chamber Choir relies on municipal and provincial grants as well as the generous donations we receive from our supporters. Spiritus is a registered charity under the Income Tax Act. Tax receipts will be issued for society membership and donations. We gratefully acknowledge the support of numerous generous individuals as well as the following organizations: