Artistic Director

Elaine Quilichini, Founder and Artistic Director

Elaine Quilichini

Elaine Quilichini is recognized internationally for her exceptional musicianship, distinguished work and extraordinary gift for inspiring others. As a Master of Music (Kodály), she has served as a clinician, lecturer, adjudicator and guest conductor across Canada, the United States, Australia, Japan, Argentina, and the Canary Islands.

In 1995, Ms. Quilichini founded the Calgary Girls Choir, and with her vision and passion has built it into one of the most celebrated choirs in the world. In addition, she is the Artistic Director of summer choral programs at Wichita State and Nebraska Wesleyan Universities. A notable indication of Ms.Quilichini’s stature in the choral community is her successful choral series published by Alliance Music.

A Master of Music in Kodály methodolgy has provided a strong philosophical and pedagogical base for Ms.Quilichini’s work in music education and choral development. She built successful choirs at Mount Royal Conservatory and conducted the University of Calgary Women’s Choir for ten years. Her students have achieved great success as music educators, conductors and professional singers.

She is the recipient of the Alberta Choral Federation’s ‘con spirito’ award for her contributions to the choral arts and the global Television Woman of Vision award. These awards celebrate the passion, talent and commitment she embodies, and are a fitting recognition of Ms. Quilichini’ achievements.

This year, Ms.Quilichini will conduct the massed treble choir at Calgary’s Big Sing in November and lead all-state children’s and High School Honour choirs in the US.

Teachers

Alysha Armanious Bulmer

Alysha Armanious Bulmer

Alysha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and English Literature from Ambrose University and has been awarded First Class Honours as an Associate of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) in Flute Performance.

Most recently, Alysha completed Level I Kodály at the University of Alberta under the direction of Jody Stark and Ardelle Ries. In addition to teaching privately for several years, Alysha has taught t reputable Calgary studios and has served as a clinician for the Calgary Board of Education.

She was a member of the Young Scott Singers directed by Elizabeth Scott, as well as principal flute with the Youth Symphony of the Okanagan directed by Imant Ramish, and principal flute of the Ambrose Chamber Orchestra directed by Dan Bartholomew-Poyser.

She is a founding member of the Calgary Arts Orchestra under the direction of Eileen Kosasih and continues to perform with various arts groups in and around Calgary.

Jamie Popowich

Jamie Popowich

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Elementary Education from the University of Calgary, as well as a Diploma of Fine Arts, specializing in the Kodály Concept of Education. She has been working as a music educator for over 15 years, working in various schools and music programs.

She currently works as the Music and French Specialist at River Valley School's Early Learning Campus. She has worked as a choral conductor with the Mount Royal Children's Choir and with her own community children's choir. She has also served on the board for the Alberta Kodály Association for over 10 years​.

Jamie has been singing her whole life, as a soloist and in various choirs around Calgary. She loves music and loves sharing that love of music with children!

Accompanists

Claire Butler, Viva Accompanist

Claire is from the North-East of England, and we welcome her to the CGC! She studied piano performance in London at the Royal College of Music (RCM) with professors John Barstow and Bernard Roberts. A prizewinner for her Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 performance with the RCM Symphony Orchestra, she also received special commendation for accompaniment performance.

Claire was a senior piano teacher at the Bermuda School of Music from 2003-2006, where she enjoyed performing Schumann’s ‘Dichterliebe’ with John York Skinner and Montreal violinist Anne Robert. Since 2016 Claire has been working in Calgary as freelance pianist and teacher, recently performing with Soprano Brittany Rae in a ProArts Noon Concert, and in St Mary’s Parish, Banff. Claire is music director of Silver Stars Musical Revue Society.