SEASON

2017-2018

We are proud to announce our upcoming 2017–18 season of concerts and hope that you will join us for some wonderful music. Thank you for your continued support!

NEWS

Spiritus awarded the Healey-Willan Prize

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!


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Spiritus awarded first prize in two categories of the 2017 NCCAC

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.

 

WELCOME

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.

 

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THE CHOIR

“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, Spiritus has commissioned works by Canadian composers such as 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 and Early Music Voices/VoiceScapes, allowing choristers to showcase their strong musical abilities.

Among its many accolades, Spiritus was awarded second prize at the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition in Cork, Ireland in May 2014. At the same competition, Spiritus won the Heinrich Schütz Perpetual Trophy for the best performance of a work by the German composer. In July 2013, Spiritus was awarded the prestigious Healey Willan Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts at the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, placing first in both the mixed-voice and contemporary music categories. 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 on iTunes.

 

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Spirit of Excellence

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.

Our Supporters

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:

CALGARY ARTS DEVELOPMENT As the city’s designated arts development authority, Calgary Arts Development supports and strengthens the arts to benefit all Calgarians. It invests and allocates municipal funding for the arts provided by The City of Calgary and leverages these funds to provide additional resources to the arts sector. Its programs support hundreds of arts organizations, individual artists, artist collectives and ad hoc groups in Calgary.

CALGARY ARTS DEVELOPMENT

As the city’s designated arts development authority, Calgary Arts Development supports and strengthens the arts to benefit all Calgarians. It invests and allocates municipal funding for the arts provided by The City of Calgary and leverages these funds to provide additional resources to the arts sector. Its programs support hundreds of arts organizations, individual artists, artist collectives and ad hoc groups in Calgary.

ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS A crown agency of the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) was established in 1991 with a mandate to support and contribute to the development of the arts in Alberta. It replaced the Alberta Art Foundation, the Alberta Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts, and the arts and cultural industries grant programs of Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism.

ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS

A crown agency of the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) was established in 1991 with a mandate to support and contribute to the development of the arts in Alberta. It replaced the Alberta Art Foundation, the Alberta Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts, and the arts and cultural industries grant programs of Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism.

THE CALGARY FOUNDATION The Calgary Foundation has been nurturing a healthy, vibrant, giving and caring community since 1955. The Foundation facilitates collaborative philanthropy by making powerful connections between donors and community organizations for the long-term benefit of Calgary and area.

THE CALGARY FOUNDATION

The Calgary Foundation has been nurturing a healthy, vibrant, giving and caring community since 1955. The Foundation facilitates collaborative philanthropy by making powerful connections between donors and community organizations for the long-term benefit of Calgary and area.

canada council for the arts The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada's national public arts funder. In 2014-15, the CAA allocated $155.1 million towards artistic creation and innovation through grants, prizes and payments. It also conducts research, convenes activities and works with partners to advance the sector and help embed the ares more deeply in communities across the country.   

canada council for the arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada's national public arts funder. In 2014-15, the CAA allocated $155.1 million towards artistic creation and innovation through grants, prizes and payments. It also conducts research, convenes activities and works with partners to advance the sector and help embed the ares more deeply in communities across the country.