Spiritus Chamber Choir
Led by Artistic Director, Timothy Shantz (who is the also the Chorusmaster for the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus), SPIRITUS Chamber Choir is a 30-voice chamber choir that was founded in 1995 by David Wilson. Known for its diverse programming, SPIRITUS has enriched the Canadian choral scene with its mandate of performing high quality choral repertoire, acting as a forum for world music and integrating the various performing and visual arts within its performances. SPIRITUS won an international recording award in 1999 for its performance of Anton Bruckner’s Os Justi, a selection from its CD, Crossing Bridges. SPIRITUS was also a finalist in the 2000 CBC National Choral Competition and is regularly heard on CBC and CKUA.
The core of the choir’s activities is three concerts held every year, normally in November, March and May. SPIRITUS has performed with a variety of musicians, such Wendy Walker, a native aboriginal singer, Sri Sathya Centre of Calgary (East Indian classical music), Djembabes (a female drumming ensemble) and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to these concerts, SPIRITUS was invited to perform at the annual Kodaly conference in Calgary. Since 2002, the choir has been the featured choir at a Sing-Along Messiah sponsored by VoiceScapes, a group of four professional singers in Calgary.
The Choir performs a considerable amount of new choral music. To support the choral community, it has commissioned a number of new works, including those by Calgary composers Allan Bevan and Kathryn Chomik. In addition it has premiered compositions by University of Calgary professor, William Jordan. In 2007 SPIRITUS performed at the University of Calgary's New Music Festival and in 2009 premiered a work by Calgary's Quentin Doolittle at New Works Calgary's 25th Anniversary Gala Concert.
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