Saturday, September 21, 2013

Alberta Choral Federation Newsletter

Friday, September 20, 2013

Music Conference Alberta

 1-2 November 2013 | Sheraton Red Deer

Music Conference Alberta is Alberta's premier conference for music educators.  Co-presented by the Alberta Choral Federation, the Alberta Band Association, and the Alberta Music Education Foundation, the conference includes sessions designed for elementary music teachers, choral conductors, band directors, and studio instructors.



Choral sessions with Jing Ling-Tam, including Treasure Chest of Quick Fixes and Tone Up and Tune Up

The Composer's Perspective: Commissioning and the Compositional Process with composers Sarah Quartel, Jeff Enns, and David MacIntyre (presented in collaboration with Cantilon Choirs)

Elementary music education and children's choir sessions with Judy Pearson Hafso, including Frameword for a Lesson: Establishing Routines in the Classroom and My Students' Playlist: Favourite Songs for Activities for K-5

Let Your Heart Soar: Composition in the Elementary Classroom with Sarah Quartel

Reading sessions | Mixed Choir, Treble Choir, Canadian Music, French-Canadian Music

Demonstration session with the Alberta Youth Choir and Robert Filion


MCA Gala Concert featuring the Alberta Youth Choir and Alberta Honour Band

MCA Choral Concert featuring Belle Canto Women's Ensemble (Heather Johnson and Elaine Myhre, conductors) and the Calgary Girls Choir (Elaine Quilichini, conductor)

MCA Awards Banquet with performance by The PreTenors

Early bird deadline is Friday, 4 October 2013



Alberta Children's Choir

The Alberta Children's Choir provides an opportunity for children between the ages of 10 and 15 from across the province to pursue excellence in choral music under the direction of a renowned choral conductor. Conductors and teachers from across the province are encouraged to recommend their best singers to participate in this choir.


30 January-1 February 2013

7-9 February 2013




Choralfest 2014

Choralfest is Alberta's non-competitive festival for choirs. All choirs participate in an adjudicated on-stage performance, in an off-stage workshop with one of the festival's renowned evaluators, and are assigned an in-audience observation time to listen to and learn from the performances and adjudications of other choirs. Audio and video recordings are made of each performance.

Choralfest welcomes the participation of choirs of all ages and levels of experience. In the adjudication and workshop, the emphasis is placed on the continued encouragement, education and development of the individual choir.

Choralfest North 2014 | Edmonton
Concert Choirs | 6-8 March • McDougall United Church
Evaluators | Dr. Adam Jonathan Con (California, USA) • Teri Dunn (Toronto, ON) • Anne Gardner (Calgary, AB)

Vocal Jazz Ensembles | 10-11 March • MacEwan University Alberta College Campus, Muttart Hall
EvaluatorChristine, Guter (California, USA)

Choralfest South 2014 | Calgary
Concert Choirs | 15-19 March • Knox United Church
Evaluators | Dr. Doug Dunsmore (St. John's, NL) • Valerie Long (St. John's, NL) • Carrie Tennant (Vancouver, BC)

Vocal Jazz Ensembles | 12-13 March • Webber Academy Performing Arts Centre
Evaluator | Christine, Guter (California, USA)

Registration opens 1 October 2013.



National Youth Choir Auditions

4-19 May 2014 | Nova Scotia and the Maritime Provinces

A project of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities, the National Youth Choir (NYC) is a professional development program for Canada's best emerging choral singers. Singers between 18 and 25 are auditioned every two years, with up to 4 singers chosen from each province and territory. NYC conductors are selected by a panel of their peers. The NYC convenes in a different region every two years, in association with Podium, Canada's national biennial choral conference and festival. After a week-long rehearsal camp, the NYC embarks on a regional tour.

Auditions for Alberta choristers are now open! Visit the National Youth Choir page on the Alberta Choral Federation website for details.

Audition deadline: Friday, 1 November 2013, 11:59 p.m.


Concert Listings

Alberta-wide choral concert listings

Calgary choral concert listings

Edmonton choral concert listings

Remember to submit your concert listings for the 2012-2013 season to the ACF. Please include the following information:

concert date(s) and time(s)
name of choir(s)
name of concert
concert venue
brief concert description (optional)
ticket information

This information will be included in Quires as well as on our website and in future ACF e-notes. Concert information can be sent to