Thursday, 16 January 2014

ACF e-notes

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Choralfest 2014 | Registration Closes This Friday!

Registration deadline this Friday, 17 Jan 2014.

Choralfest is a non-competitive, educationally focused festival for choirs of all ages and levels of experience.  Learn more about Choralfest.

Choralfest North (Edmonton)
Concert Choirs :: 6-8 Mar 2014, McDougall United Church
Vocal Jazz Ensembles :: 10-11 Mar 2014, MacEwan University Alberta College Campus

Choralfest South (Calgary)
Concert Choirs :: 15-19 Mar 2014, Knox United Church
Vocal Jazz Ensembles :: Webber Academy Performing Arts Centre

Introducing our renowned Choralfest evaluators...
Dr. Adam Jonathan Con (Long Beach, CA, USA) | Teri Dunn (Toronto, ON) | Dr. Douglas Dunsmore (St. John's, NL) | Anne Gardner (Calgary, AB) | Christine Helferich Guter (Los Angeles, CA, USA) | Valerie Long (St. John's, NL) | Carrie Tennant (Vancouver, BC)

We look forward to seeing you at Choralfest!



WORKSHOP | Choral Soundscapes

presented by Elise Bradley, Artistic Director of the Toronto Children's Chorus

Wed, 5 Feb 2014, 4:15-5:45 p.m.

Thu, 6 Feb 2014, 4:15-5:45 p.m.

This workshop will promote better understanding of the choral sound concept. Participants will learn how to fully realise the vocal potential of their choirs through improved rehearsal and tuning techniques and other tips related to choral pedagogy. 

This season marks Elise Bradley's seventh season as Artistic Director of the Toronto Children's Chorus. Ms. Bradley came to the position from her role as Head of Department, Music at Westlake Girls' High School in Auckland, New Zealand.  In demand internationally as an award-winning conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, Ms. Bradley has garnered praise for her artistry and for her deep commitment to children and the art of treble choral music. 

REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone (780-488-7464 or 1-855-723-6397).

Advance registration is required by Monday, 3 Feb 2014. Registration fee $25.  For more information, contact the ACF office by phone at 780-488-7464 or toll free at 1-855-723-6397, or email us at


Alberta Children's Choir 2014 | Concerts


Alberta Children's Choir North (Edmonton)
Carolyn Boyes (of the acclaimed Winnipeg Boy's Choir), guest conductor

with special guests
Cantilon Children's Choir (Elaine Myhre, conductor)
Suzuki Charter School Choir (Jennifer Wolff, conductor)
Eldorado Elementary School Choir (Tammy Flett, conductor)

Saturday, 1 Feb 2014, 7:00 p.m.
McDougall United Church (10025 101 Street), Edmonton
Tickets $15/10 available online at or by phone at 1-800-838-3006.

Alberta Children's Choir South (Calgary)
Elise Bradley (of the acclaimed Toronto Children's Chorus), guest conductor

with special guests
Calgary Girls School Concert Choir (Quan Le, conductor)
Westside Children's Choir (Elizabeth DiMarino, conductor)

Sunday, 9 Feb 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Temple B'Nai Tikvah (900 47 Ave SW), Calgary
Tickets $15/10 available online at or by phone at 1-800-838-3006.

A limited number of tickets are available for each concert, so advance purchase is strongly advised.

With questions about either concert, contact the Alberta Choral Federation office by phone at 780-488-7464 or toll free at 1-855-723-6397, or by email at



Workshop | The Choral Conductor's Way: Explore, Create, Emote!

presented by the Calgary Orff Chapter

Saturday, 18 Jan 2014
8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dr. Adam Jonathan Con, clinician

Workshop Part 1: Kinesthetic Movement Activities for Your Singers and Students

Workshop Part 2: Kinesthetic Movement for You: Conductor/Music Educator!

Workshop and Registration Information
Alberta Choral Federation members will be admitted at the Orff Chapter member rate!




Podium 2014

Podium, Canada's national choral music conference, is taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 15-18 2014.

It is the top meeting place for Canada's choral community and one of the best and most accessible professional development opportunities in the country. This biennial feast of music welcomes choral conductors, music educators, composers, accompanists, administrators, and of course, singers of all ages and stages!

As a delegate, the conference offers an extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in four days of workshops, masterclasses, reading sessions, and presentations by conductors and teachers on a variety of prevalent and innovative topics.  There is also a cornucopia of concerts, from lunchtime 'spotlight' and evening 'highlight' concerts, to 'soundbite' performances around the downtown, such as on the harbour ferry, in the Public Gardens, at the Museum of the Atlantic, and at Alderney Landing.

Other activities include receptions in beautiful historic buildings, a Podium Pub at a local brewery, and a grand finishing evening to the weekend with a lobster banquet, awards presentation, and live entertainment in true, downhome Maritime fashion!

Choral highlights of Podium 2014 include:

 Opening concert featuring Edmonton's Pro Coro (Michael Zaugg) and Halifax's Camerata Singers (Jeff Joudrey)

 The 2014 National Youth Choir of Canada, conducted by Halifax native, Hilary Apfelstadt

 The Grammy Award-winning Kansas City Chorale, conducted by Charles Bruffy

 Two conducting masterclasses, led by Hilary Apfelstadt and Len Ratzlaff

 A chance to watch Franscisco Núñez in action, rehearsing for a Highlight Concert in celebration of youth

 19 guest choirs, over 1000 singers, 25 interest sessions plus roundtable discussions and reading sessions



National Choral Awards :: Call For Nominations

The Association of Canadian Choral Communities invites nominations for the National Choral Awards.  The award categories are:

    Outstanding Choral Publication

    Outstanding Choral Composition

    Outstanding Choral Recording

    Outstanding Innovation Award

    Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation (Master's or Doctoral)

    Outstanding Student Essay (undergraduate level)

    Distinguished Service Award

Nominations can be made using the online Nomination Form.  The deadline to submit nominations is 15 Feb 2014.


Alberta Quartet Selected for 2014 National Youth Choir of Canada

Four Alberta choristers have been granted the opportunity to participate in the National Youth Choir of Canada, a biennial project of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities. The Alberta Choral Federation is pleased to announce that the following choristers have been selected to represent Alberta at NYC 2014:

Jennifer Humphries-Micalleff (soprano)
Elizabeth Kreiter (alto)
James Frobb (tenor)
Krishan Power (bass)

To help cover the program costs of this exciting opportunity, each of these choristers will receive an Alberta Choral Federation National Youth Choir Chorister Scholarship from the Alberta Choral Federation in the amount of $800, which is made possible in part by the Debra Cairns – i Coristi Chamber Choir Scholarship Fund.

The National Youth Choir is a professional development program for Canada's best emerging choral singers between the ages of 18 and 25. This year the choir, conducted by Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, the Director of Choral Programs at the University of Toronto will rehearse in Nova Scotia before commencing a tour of the Maritime provinces.


Upcoming Concerts

Click the links below for information about upcoming choral concerts in your area!

Alberta-wide choral concert listings

Calgary choral concert listings

Edmonton choral concert listings

Remember to submit your upcoming concert listings to the ACF. Please include the following information:

concert date(s) and time(s)
name of choir(s)
name of concert
concert venue
brief concert description (optional)
ticket information

This information will be added to the ACF concert listings.  Concert information can be sent to

>> http://Visit the concert listings online


Save the Date | Music Conference Alberta 2014

24-26 October 2014
Westin Edmonton, Francis Winspear Centre, McDougall United Church

A conference you will not want to miss!
Alberta Choral Federation

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