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 River 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.

Current Executive
President: Vicki Ashmead
Vice President: Teresa Boughen
Treasurer: Peggy Kett
Secretary: Sharon Wirzba

Our Artistic Team

Nancy (Jackson) 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.

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Greg Massey:

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 children.




Deanna MacGregor - Flautist:

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.






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