Public Workshop

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Public Workshop

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Are you an amateur singer with experience participating in ensembles? Are you a choral or classical music enthusiast?

We welcome community participants from Calgary and surrounding areas to join the Festival Chorus in celebrating its 60th anniversary with a special public workshop!

You’ll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sharpen and enhance your skills alongside world-renowned conductor and master teacher, Jon Washburn. You’ll be singing with members of the internationally touring Vancouver Chamber Choir and learn two contemporary staples of the choral repertoire: Laudamus te (from Gloria) by Francis Poulenc and O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen. The event will conclude with a joint performance of both prepared pieces, with all choirs and participants. Public participants can then be seated and enjoy a finale performance by The Festival Chorus and The Vancouver Chamber Choir.

The workshop will be held on February 23 and 24, 2019, in state-of-the-art Bella Concert Hall at Mount Royal University.

Cost: $69

What is Included:

  • Participation in the workshop (and break-out sessions) on February 23 and 24, 2019.
  • Copies of the Poulenc and Lauridsen selections, for you to keep.
  • A seat in the Bella Concert Hall for the remainder of the Sunday afternoon performances.
  • Attendance of an exclusive post-concert reception with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and The Festival Chorus.
  • Drinks and light fare to be provided. Please Note: meals are not provided.

Participant Requirements

It is strongly suggested that participants are able to:

  • Read music.
  • Are comfortable with music in multiple parts and singing in close harmony (in a contemporary style) with a degree of tonal and rhythmic complexity.
  • Be prepared to practice on their own in order to prepare the music.

Additionally, in order to properly prepare for the workshop, registered participants must attend at least one of the below practice dates, to rehearse alongside the Festival Chorus.

Please visit for practice date details and to register.

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