“I work with choirs all over the world, and they are one of the best. And I don’t think they know it.” 

Paul Mealor, composer-in-residence

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2016-2017 is the 36th season since the inception of Pro Coro Canada.   

Pro Coro Canada has the great fortune to have, in its own membership, some of the finest singers in Alberta, many of whom have gone on to distinguish themselves as soloists, such as Nathan Berg, Wendy Humphries, Frances Jellard, Michael Meraw, Linda Perillo and John Tessier.

Pro Coro Canada also enjoys joining with choirs from around the world, and has performed with Calgary Boys’ Choir, Elmer Iseler Singers (Toronto), Richard Eaton Singers (Edmonton), Schola Cantorum Choirs (Edmonton), Stockholm Chamber Choir, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Swedish Radio Choir, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir (Toronto), University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, Vancouver Chamber Choir, and Winnipeg Singers.


Pro Coro Canada has had the opportunity to perform large choral works with fine instrumental ensembles: Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Hammerhead Consort (Edmonton), Musica Antiqua Köln (Germany), Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Lyon (France), Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver), Paco Peña (Spain), Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and The Whole Noyse (San Francisco).

Founded in 1980 by Canadian Michel Marc Gervais, the twenty-four voices have been shaped by some of the finest choral conductors in the world, including Artistic Directors: Michel Marc Gervais (Canada) - Anders Eby (Sweden) - Søren Hansen (Denmark) - Agnes Grossmann (Austria) - Richard Sparks (USA)

 

Guest Conductors have included a who’s who in the choral field:

Frieder Bernius (Germany), Simon Carrington (USA), Eric Ericson (Sweden), Gary Graden (Sweden), Maria Guinand (Venezuela), Bo Holten (Denmark), Elmer Iseler (Canada), Tönu Kaljuste (Estonia), Diane Loomer (Canada), Leonard Ratzlaff (Canada), Ward Swingle (USA), Ivars Taurins (Canada), Jon Washburn (Canada), Patrick Wedd (Canada), Erik Westberg (Sweden)

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Pro Coro Canada is a resident ensemble at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, one of North America’s finest concert halls. In addition to a subscription concert series in Edmonton, the choir performs regional concerts in surrounding Alberta centres, and tours have been undertaken to Europe and Eastern Canada. The ensemble has served as demonstration choir for various choral festivals, has conducted vocal master classes with such vocal stars as Emma Kirkby and Catherine Robbin, and has run a touring program of choral education for primary and secondary schools.


Pro Coro Canada has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including:

  • The City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Award
  • The Canada Council for the Arts Healey Willan Award

Pro Coro Canada’s CD First Snow was nominated for an ARIA Award (Best Classical Artist category)

A track from First Snow was selected for the EMI/CKUA Radio CD, The Classical Album with Pro Coro as one of four Alberta groups featured.


Photo Credit: Ian Jackson, EPIC Photography

© Michael Zaugg 2017