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. Watch the Events page for the start of the next 3-week cycle.
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.

Coffee Chorus

This is a brand-new choral offering for Calgary Unitarians. For three consecutive Tuesday afternoons in the month of February 2018, join Music Director Jane Perry for 30 minutes of social time over coffee and then 60 minutes of singing! This choir is designed for folks who have time to come and sing in the middle of a weekday and who also want a little social time in a relaxed atmosphere.
Children are welcome, though the choral offerings are designed for grown-ups: music by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, and great old tunes from the ‘40s and ‘50s.

Time: First date will be Tuesday, February 13 in Wickenden Hall, with coffee at 1:30 pm and singing from to 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Join us!

Concerts in the 2017-2018 Church Year

Gospel Music at the Unitarian Church
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm

This is a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, soul-deep evening of gospel and spiritual music, with performances by UUphonia, Chor Vida, and TriUU.  Plenty of audience sing-alongs, too!

An Afternoon of Chamber Music
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm

The month of February brings Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra cellist Tom Mirhady’s annual chamber music recital, this year with works by Chopin, Vivaldi, Brahms, and the Australian composer Moya Henderson.  Mr. Mirhady will perform as a soloist, as part of the Springbank Trio with Laurie Syer (violin) and Jamie Syer (piano), and with pianist Jane Perry.

Cabaret 2018: A Celtic Cabaret
Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm both evenings

UUphonia steps into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with this lively musical revue.

Jazz With Jane
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:30pm

Pianist Jane Perry brings her quartet Jazz On The Side for an evening of swing, Latin rhythms, and heartfelt ballads.  With Michelle Dias (vocals), Cora Castle (bass) and Sarah Nielsen (drums.)  Special guest appearance by the always-entertaining lounge singer Chickee Starr.

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