We're Still Singing!
COVID may have kept us inside more than we would like, but we are still here. The Calgary Women's Chorus has not stopped singing and has been working using online rehearsals. We have been using the time to maintain our community, keep learning to become better singers, and produce digital content to share with you! It has been challenging but "still we rise!"
Stay tuned for pending YouTube releases and don't forget to join our mailing list to never miss what's happening with us.
Stay safe everyone!
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!
We are pleased to present our first virtual choir performance. "One Voice" is a powerful message of what we can achieve when we work together--an inspiring message of hope! Recorded during the month of April, 2021. We would love it if you shared this video.
Our wonderful and inspiring musical leaders!
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.
In addition to being the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Calgary Women's Chorus, Cody is Accompanist and Assistant Conductor of The Festival Chorus. He has worked with many different choirs including the Calgary Multicultural Choir, Calgary Bach Choir, Savridi Singers, Firebird Chamber Singers, Calgary Children’s Choir, Calgary Youth Choir, University of Calgary Chamber Choir, Calgary Choir for Peace, and the Centennial Singers (in addition to many church and school choirs.) Cody has participated in choral intensives with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the University of Michigan, and attended invaluable clinics through World Choral Symposiums in both Copenhagen and Seoul, the Sacred Summer Music Conference in Norfolk (Virginia), Choir Alberta, and the Edmonton International Choral Festival. He has created and delivered special choral programs for both the Calgary Board of Education and Alberta First Nation Communities.
Cody Obst holds Bachelor of Music and Education degrees from Brandon University (where he received the Silver Medal for best student in the program) and a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Calgary. He has competed in local, provincial, and national piano competitions and has won the Manitoba provincial championship in Senior Piano, was a finalist in the Saskatchewan Concerto Competition, and has competed in two national piano competitions: the National Music Festival and the Canadian Registered Music Teachers National Piano Competition. He is a Prizewinner in the Snjolaug Sigurdson Piano Competition. Cody has participated in two International Festivals: the Académie Internationale "Barbara Krakauer" in France and three times in the Mountain View International Festival of Song in Calgary. Currently, Cody performs 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. He frequently concertizes with opera singer, Krista de Silva. This season he will also present a Cafe Concert music series in Calgary. He regularly works with pianists, choirs, and singers of all ages through private teaching, public clinics, adjudications, and workshops.
Cody 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!
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.
Past President/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.
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
Donna at email@example.com
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
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