In 1979, four people had a dream of forming a choir consisting of members
from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The music was to reflect the cultural mosaic
of the members and their Canadian Heritage. Since that time, our community choir
has grown from a dozen people to a group of approximately 55 chorister with backgrounds
from 26 countries.
In keeping with the original
concept that makes the choir unique, the music
continues to reflect the Multicultural Heritage
of our members. The chosen songs from around
the world are mostly sung in English; however,
we ensure that each season, some of the songs
are sung in their national language.
The choir celebrated its 40th anniversary in
2019 with our Spring concert, "Gloria" and
our Winter concert "To Music" both held at
Park Church, in southwest Calgary.
In June/July 2020 the choir will participate
at the Unisong Choral Festival and Canada Day
celebration in Ottawa, ON.
President: Vicki Ashmead
Treasurer: Peggy Kett
Secretary: Sharon Wirzba
Thomson - Artistic Director/Conductor :
Years ago, Nancy joined the Jr. choir at
her church. Even before she was able to read,
she loved to sing! Later, when there was
no one to lead the choir, she stepped in,
and began conducting for the first time.
She was only 15! That experience launched
a lifetime career of singing, teaching singing,
and of course, conducting.
Nancy went on to lead groups at her church,
in Girl Guides, as well as in school. She sang
with the Calgary Opera Chorus, Calgary Theatre
Singers and was a member of The Young Canadians
of the Calgary Stampede (and has performed
with them as an Alumni).
Nancy has continued to be involved in the
music scene in Calgary. Currently, she conducts
the Calgary Multicultural Choir (CMC) as well
as the Calgary Music Makers Sr. Citizens choir.
She has enjoyed conducting the CMC since September
2005. Nancy once said that she had sung in
Italian, German, French, Latin and even Spanish
before, but never in Hungarian, Mende, Hebrew
or Estonian (to name only a few of the languages
in which the CMC has sung)! For over 25 years,
she has taught as a private singing teacher.
She brings this skill to bear when helping
her choirs improve their sound and musicianship.
Nancy continues to hone her skills by attending “conducting” workshops.
She also attended the last three World Symposiums
of Choral Music, most recently in Barcelona,
where she continues to increase her knowledge
and experience of authentic world music.
Please feel free to check out Nancy’s
Greg Massey is a versatile
pianist and singer, whose experiences
range everywhere from rock and
jazz to solo classical and opera.
Greg is a sought
after collaborative pianist, working with choirs and voice teachers throughout
Calgary. Currently he is on staff at Central Memorial High School, accompanist
at John D. Diefenbaker High School, musician at Living Spirit United Church,
collaborative pianist with Westwinds Music Society's Green Choir, and pianist
for Scholé Groups choirs. Greg also teaches private lessons in piano,
voice and theory. He is passionate about teaching and is proud to say that
many of his former students have gone on to succeed in university and college
music programs throughout Western Canada.
Greg's formal education includes nearly
25 years of music lessons, which included;
graduate studies in music at the University
of Alberta's Main Campus, completing a Bachelor
of Music in voice at the University of Alberta's
Augustana Campus, jazz piano studies at Grant
MacEwan College, and a Grade 10 piano certificate
from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Greg
is based out of Calgary, Alberta where he
lives with his opera singing wife and three
Deanna began to play the flute at the age of 10 in a community-based shared
learning program in New Zealand. She moved to Canada at the age of 14 and
joined her high school band, where her love of all things flute was fostered,
forming a desire to study music at the University level. She is a freelance
musician and music educator teaching private lessons as well as workshops
and band camps for school and community band programs. Deanna plays flute
and piccolo with the Calgary Civic Symphony and is honoured to be welcomed
into the contagious enthusiasm and hearts of the CMC choir members and
director, making music as one.