Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Flaskback to New York: November 6, 2005.

Though Vienna is ever more at the front of our minds, the members of the chorus remember fondly the first big trip of the Comunity Chorus in 2005. Carnegie Hall is a mecca for music lovers and performers and the chorus was privileged to be invited to sing in a special presentation of Haydn's Mass in a Time of War ("Paukenmesse") with Richard Sparks as the Conductor. Also part of the program was a special Christmas Cantata conducted by John Leavitt, who like Richard Sparks has had previous connections with Concordia University College of Alberta. The concert was overwhelming and the visit to the "Big Apple" with fellow members of the choir was filled with laugher, memories and a lot of practicing. No wonder we are excited about going to Vienna.

More Pix from A Night in Vienna

Monday, June 1, 2009

Our Conductor and Accompanist

Our Conductor, Dr. Joy Berg, assistant professor in music at Concordia University College of Alberta, holds degrees in Piano Performance and Choral Conducting from the University of Saskatchewan, The University of Alberta, and the University of Iowa. Her dissertation focused on the Christmas music of J.S. Bach. She has been a church musician for many years, participated in the Lutheran World Federation hymn selection committee as the Canadian representative, has presented at the ELCiC National worship conference in 2000 and has served the larger church as director of the Leadership Program for Musicians in Small parishes for the Alberta Synod of the ELCiC. Dr. Berg has been a clinician for Choralfest South in 1998 and 2001, an adjudicator of many music festivals throughout Alberta and B.C., in choral, vocal, and handbell areas, and is often a workshop leader for choirs and church music. Dr. Berg was awarded the 2008 Con Spirito Award from the Alberta Choral Federation. She is an active member of the professional group Pro Coro Canada. Joy serves daily as the Chapel Cantor of the Chapel Ministry at Concordia University College of Alberta.
Roxanne Classen, our accompanist holds a Master of Music degree specializing in Chamber Music from McGill University, a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Education degree specializing in Junior and Senior Choral Music and Drama from the University of Western Ontario. Ms. Classen works with vocalists, choirs and musical theatre ensembles. Her credits include Musical Direction of the MacEwan Theatre Arts Program and the Leave it to Jane Theatre Company and music instruction for Theatre Alberta’s Artstrek Program and Citadel’s Foote Theatre School. She teaches music courses for MacEwan College, gives private lessons from her own Grovenor Music Studio and accompanies the Concordia Community Chorus.

An Evening In Vienna - May 30

"Wow, what a magnificent evening..." Joy Berg the conductor of the Community Chorus said of the event. An Evening in Vienna was a fund-raiser to help the choir go to the Haydn Festival in Vienna this July. It was an evening featuring great desserts and coffee accompanied by Viennese music and dance brought to us by friends of the choir. Some of the friends included Mireille Rijavec, Michael Kurschat, Trent Worthingdon, and Eva Bostrand who lent their voices to some great music. Along with them The Edmonton Swiss Men’s Choir shared traditional Swiss melodies(not quite Vienna but close enough), and special Viennese Walzes were demonstrated by Jim and Theresa Jenkins.

The choir previewed some of the music they will be presenting at the concerts in Austria. With the music was a silent auction featuring some unique works of local artists. Special thanks to Ron Hislop(who attended Concordia in the 80's) host and producer of the local news on Citytv. Those who shared this evening had a great time and it helped he choir get into the mood for the trip a few weeks into the future. A special thanks to all who shared their gifts that helped make this evening such a success.