• Calgary Women's Chorus

    Singing with passion, performing with flair!

  • Upcoming Concert!

    Winter Alleluia

    Sunday, December 9th @ 2:30 PM

     

    with the Lily String Quartet,

    soprano, Krista de Silva,

    and other special guests!

     

    Deer Park United Church

    77 Deerpoint Road SE, Calgary

    Doors open at 2:00 PM

    Concert at 2:30 PM
     

    The Calgary Women's Chorus presents "Winter Alleluia", a beautiful musical reflection on this time of year. The fifty-four voice women's choir will be joined by the well-known Calgary based string quartet, the Lily Quartet, who will lend their exquisite string harmonies to many of the pieces. We are also thrilled to welcome opera star and phenomenal guest soprano singer, Krista de Silva.

     

    The choir will highlight Christmas in the north with a number of selections including the haunting "Tundra" by Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo; an energetic arrangement of "Huron Carol" by Canadian, Ed Henderson; the heavenly "Cradle Hymn" by Scandinavian composer, Kim André Arneson, and the poetic piece by Russian, Sergei Rachmaninoff, called "The Angel". The arrangements have been hand picked to feature choir and strings and are sure to be a special treat this Christmas! The ensemble is conducted by Cody Obst and accompanied by Antonina Cox.

     

    We hope you will join us as we journey in song through the snowy winter, singing Winter Alleluia!

     

    Tickets:
    $15 Adults/Seniors
    $10 Students
    Children 12 & Under FREE

     

    Advance tickets recommended

    Cash only at door

  • About the Choir

    The Calgary Women's Chorus is a non-auditioned choir that was

    established in 2011 and has grown every season since then! Now with over 50 members, the women in this choir love to sing and socialize together. They rehearse weekly for an hour and a half and prepare programs for both their fall and spring sessions that are performed throughout the city at Retirement Residences, Care Centres, the Knox Carol Festival, ChoralFest, and by request. Their end-of-the-year Spring Tea always draws a big audience and lots of smiles!

  • Listen

    Here is an artistic video created from a live performance in the

    Spring of 2015.  It is the touching and tender Maritime piece,

    "The Love of the Sea" by Donna Rhodenizer.

  • Our Team

    Our wonderful and inspiring musical leaders!

    Cody Obst,

    Artistic Director & Conductor

    Cody Obst, pianist, conductor, vocal coach, and organist has dedicated his life to sharing the joy of music with everyone he meets. His remarkable technical ability, depth of musical expression, and engaging stage presence are known to transport and delight listeners from all walks of life.

     

    An advocate of arts accessibility for all, Mr. Obst has given well over 2,000 public presentations as soloist, accompanist, and conductor from tiny churches in rural Saskatchewan to huge concert halls in Japan. He is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Calgary Women's Chorus and Music Director at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. He holds Bachelor of Music and Education degrees from Brandon University and a Masters Degree from the University of Calgary (where he studied with Prof. Charles Foreman.) He performs frequently with pop vocalist, Michael Hope, and appears on a CD with him titled, “Hallelujah,” which was nominated for “Inspirational Album of the Year” by the Gospel Music Association of Canada. And he regularly works with pianists and singers of all ages through private teaching, public clinics, adjudications, and workshops.

     

    He values all of the arts and believes that they are life-enriching in ways that aren't always recognized by today's society. He frequents concerts of many different musical genres and also loves the theatre, ballet, contemporary dance, and the visual arts. In the rare time he isn't making music, you can find him enjoying cooking, at the movies, reading, eating at a new restaurant, or curling. Feel free to stay in contact by adding him on Facebook or Instagram!

    Antonina Cox,

    Pianist & Assistant Director

    Antonina received her early training at the Special Music School in Minsky, Belarus. She earned a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Musicology from the Conservatory in St. Petersburg (Russia), studying piano with internationally-renowned pianist Vladimir Shakin.

     

    Since 1992, Antonina has pursued her career in Canada as a piano accompanist, organist and teacher. She studied organ performance at the Mount Royal Organ Academy with Terrence Fullerton and Neil Cockbourn. Antonina received a Diploma of an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

     

    Antonina has accompanied many soloists and choirs, including the Mount Royal Children’s Choirs, Cantaré Children’s Choir, Calgary Choral Society, the Dutch Canadian Choir, Rachel Hop Studio, Bach Society Chorus, Revv 52. She has travelled with groups as a pianist and organist in Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, Ireland, Bulgaria, New Zealand, Australia, Italy and the Vatican.

     

    Antonina loves teaching young and older individuals, privately and in public schools. She currently teaches part-time at Akiva Akademy, accompanies the Calgary Girls’ School Choir, and the Calgary Women’s Choir.

     

    Antonina devotes the rest of her time to her family and a puppy Kingsley.

    Board Members

    Elizabeth D.

    Coordinator 

    Joyce S.

    Secretary and Communication

    Anne F.

    Performances, Attendance,

    and Liaison with Cody

    Catherine C.

    Finance 

    Heide B. / Barbara L. / Thelma W. / Kathy Y.

    Music Librarians 

    Diane P. / Christine V. / Ishbel W.

         Hospitality

     

    Emma G. / Candy L.

    Social Media Team

     

    Donna W.

    New Members

  • What Are the Benefits?

    Sharing music that raises the spirits of choir members and their audiences.

    Learning vocal and breathing techniques that improve our singing ability and foster healthy living.

    Meeting with others who have common interests.

    An opportunity to participate in a broader music community.

  • Join Us

    If you are interested in singing a try-out rehearsal with us

    or would like our more detailed document,

    "Information for New Members", please contact our

    Coordinator, Elizabeth, at info@calgarywomenschorus.ca

     

    Our rehearsals and concerts are generally between

     

    September 1st and May 31st each season.

     

    Practices are Thursday's from 1:15 - 3:00 PM

    at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

    703 Heritage Dr SW

    Calgary, AB T2V 2W4

  • Contact

    Send us your comments or ask us to add you to our mailing list for

    information about our upcoming events!

     

    You can always email us at info@calgarywomenschorus.ca

    or call us at (403) 271-3950