Music

Choirs, choirs and more choirs! Our church is home to three Unitarian Church of Calgary choirs and four community choirs. Eager to sing? Check them out!

Unitarian Church of Calgary Choirs

UUphonia

UUphonia is the 40-member mixed-voice adult choir of the Unitarian Church of Calgary. Our repertoire is a wonderfully eclectic selection of secular and spiritual choral music. The choir sings twice each month at the church’s Sunday morning worship services. Each year, UUphonia presents a winter concert and, in April, a full-length Cabaret complete with songs, skits and comedy – one of the highlights of the church year! We value musical excellence, caring community, and laughing as we learn. This is an unauditioned choir – everyone is welcome.

Dates: Thursdays, September through June, 7:30 – 9:30 pm. First rehearsal is September 8.
Contact: Music Director Jane Perry
UUphonia website

Multi-Generational Choir

The Multigenerational Choir is the all-ages chorus of the Unitarian Church of Calgary. We welcome singers age 3 to 103 – no previous choral experience necessary. This is a great ensemble for adults who have never sung in a choir before and for families who are looking for an activity that parents and kids can do together. Our repertoire is in unison or simple two-part harmony, and sometimes features kazoos! In this choir, the emphasis is on having fun while we learn. Our rehearsals are organized as three consecutive Sunday mornings, and the choir sings in the church’s morning worship service on the third Sunday.

Time: Three consecutive Sundays, 9:30 – 10:00 am – October 30, November 6, November 13, 2016 and January 22, January 29 and February 5, 2017
Contact: Music Director Jane Perry

ChorVida

ChorVida is our church’s auditioned chamber choir, designed for experienced choral singers who sight-read well. The ensemble rehearses on an as-needed basis, and its singing projects are dotted throughout the church year. Repertoire runs from Renaissance motets to 19th-century choral anthems to pop and jazz.  To arrange an audition, please contact Music Director Jane Perry.

Concerts in the 2016-2017 Church Year

All of these events are ticketed. Tickets will be available at the door on the night of each event for a set fee, with sliding scale available. Tickets will also be available online thirty days before any given event. Net proceeds go to the Unitarian Church of Calgary.

  • Silent Movie Night. Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm in Wickenden Hall. Grab some popcorn and enjoy some vintage early cartoon shorts and then a full-length silent film, with live accompaniment by pianist Jane Perry and sound-effects man Dave Bradt. This event sold out when we offered it two years ago – come and see why!
  • Choral Concert. Saturday, November 26, 2016 aat 7:30 pm in Panabaker Hall. In this year’s winter performance, the choirs and instrumentalists of the Unitarian Church of Calgary offer a concert on the theme of “Belonging.”  Refreshments and conversation to follow.
  • An Afternoon of Chamber Music. Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm in Panabaker Hall. Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra cellist Tom Mirhady returns to our concert stage with another gorgeous programme of classical music. This year, he performs as part of the audience-favourite Springbank Trio, with violinist Laurie Syer and pianist Jamie Syer.
  • Cabaret 2017. Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm both nights in Panabaker Hall. UUphonia presents its annual spring Cabaret, which sells out every year due to top-notch individual performances, a groovy house band, and an audience that hoots and hollers for more!

Community Choirs

Four community choirs rent rehearsal space at our church. To read more about our resident choirs, check out their websites:

My Song is a Prayer

This song was used as the anthem for the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Annual Conference in Calgary, 2013. The song was composed by Greg O’Neill, Unitarian Church of Calgary member, and arranged by Jane Perry, the Unitarian Church of Calgary’s music director. Please sing this, share this, and enjoy this piece with your home congregation. And please let Jane know when you sing it! Enjoy!

My Song is a Prayer – Music
My Song is a Prayer – Lyrics