Since its founding in 1995 by Artistic Director Elaine Quilichini, the Calgary Girls Choir (CGC) has inspired girls and young women to meet the creative challenge of choral music performance. The CGC is recognized nationally and internationally for its dazzling performances and many accomplishments: first-place awards and major prizes at Canadian and international competitions; prestigious performances at the National Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, ACCC Podium, and the Organization of American Kodály Educators; features on national television; premieres at the Banff Centre for the Arts; concerts with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Calgary Civic Symphony; and commissions of new works by Canadian and international composers.
Based on Kodály philosophy that views the human voice as the fundamental instrument for developing musicianship, ear, taste, and passion for music are cultivated. Strong vocal technique, beautiful tone, musical literacy and a love of singing are the musical goals of the program. Confidence, poise and friendships nurtured through a shared love of singing and accomplishment are personal goals that leave girls lives changed for the better.
The CGC’s outstanding choirs, have gained an international reputation for excellence through performances, recordings, and tours, and are recognized worldwide as leaders amongst top children’s and youth choirs. Exceptional training in tone quality and musical sensitivity cultivates the polished, mature sound of these choristers, who push the boundaries of their abilities in the pursuit of choral excellence. The Calgary Girls Choir has had success in the Vienna Youth and Music Festival, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, and in local, provincial, and national competitions within Canada. Recently, the CGC performed alongside Canada’s top choirs at Podium 2016 and traveled to San Francisco to participate in the YWCP Choral Festival. The CGC has been awarded first-place four times in the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors National Choral Competition for amateur choirs!
Calgary Girls Choir Brava were honoured to present the opening concert for the recent International Kodály Symposium this past August. Their stunning performance included the world premiere of a newly commissioned work Migrations (Margaret King) for treble choir and string quartet. This amazing collaboration between CGC- Brava and the Borealis String Quartet thrilled the international audience of music educators and conductors and was a highlight of the symposium.
CGC’s Mission & Vision
The Calgary Girls Choir gives young women a voice and strives to increase the skill and knowledge of its women while instilling in them a passion for music. The Choir reflects diversity in its music, music that is world-class and constantly evaluated – “only the best is good enough”.