Season announcement

We are pleased to announce Chronos Vocal Ensemble’s 2018-19 Season!

Here, Artistic Director Jordan Van Biert tells us what he’s excited about for the coming season.

Subscription and single ticket sales are now open!

June 28 – July 3, 2018 Newfoundland Tour

Friday June 29: Podium Welcome Event at Sheraton, St. John’s
Friday June 29: St. George’s Heritage Church, Brigus
Saturday June 30: Podium Spotlight Concert, Cochrane St Church, St. John’s
Saturday June 30: Podium Highlight Concert: “Nordic Light” Arts & Culture Centre, St. John’s
Sunday July 1: Service at St. John The Baptist Anglican Cathedral, St. John’s, brief concert following
Monday July 2: St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Harbour Grace
Tuesday July 3: Cameo performance, The Rooms, St. John’s

View tour photos on our photos page.

June 24, 2018: Newfoundland Tour Kick Off Concert
Three choirs from Edmonton, all invited to Podium 2018 in St. John’s, performing their respective Podium programs and joining in song together!

May 28, 2018: FRESH CD Release

Chronos Vocal Ensemble’s newest recording “FRESH: New Music From Canada” was released in an evening of celebration hosted at the CKUA building, including drinks and hors d’oevres, time to mix and mingle, and a performance by the choir.

The new recording features new shorter works by Canadian composers, all previously unrecorded and several premiered by the choir in the same year.

More Info

Thanks to CKUA and Blindman Brewing for their support of this event!

April 15, 2018: FREE
The Tradition of African-American Spirituals

FREE explores this important African-American contribution to the choral canon, often cited as the most uniquely American contribution to classical music. The program included classics like “Soon ah will be done” and “Deep River,” along with the contemporary gospel-infused writing of Moses Hogan. Many soloists from the choir were featured.

A pre-concert talk included some of the history that birthed this music, the development of concert arrangements, and choir’s process of learning that let to the development of this concert program.

January 13, 2018: FRESH

Featuring new music by Canadian composers, including the winner of the Chronos Vocal Ensemble Choral Composition Competition, Nicholas Ryan Kelly, and a premiere of a new commission from Alex Eddington. With guests: Edmonton Youth Choir.

Modified versions of this program presented in concert in both St. Albert and Camrose.

December 17, 2017: FESTIVE!

For the first time, Chronos does Christmas! This admission-by-donation event is a fundraiser for the choir’s upcoming projects including a recording of new Canadian music, and a tour to Newfoundland in June 2018.

Join us for a short presentation in the intimate setting of Trinity Lutheran Church, featuring candlelight performances of sacred selections by the choir, solo and small ensemble performances by choir members, and the opportunity to sing carols with us (sheet music provided!). To follow, a reception featuring less-formal, less-reverent performances, goodies made by choir members, and a cash bar.

November 19, 2017: FEARLESS

Chronos Vocal Ensemble launched the 2017-2018 season with a program of virtuoso sacred a cappella music: great works for double-choir, including two motets that complete the choir’s five-season journey through the six motets of J.S. Bach.

The program will feature Frank Martin’s Mass for Double-Choir and J.S. Bach’s Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir (“Fear not, I am with thee”) and Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (“Sing to the Lord a new song”). Connecting to the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, we also present Mendelssohn’s setting of Luther’s text Mitten wir im Leben sind.

October 2017: Composition Competition winner!

After carefully examining 21 entries from 6 provinces, our jury has selected the Grand Prize winner of Chronos Vocal Ensemble’s first-ever composition competition!

The winning entry is Little Bells by Penticton BC composer Nicholas Ryan Kelly (pictured).

We thank the participating composers for their many diverse and excellent entries, and we look forward to working with Nicholas and premiering Little Bells later in the season!

Many thanks to our jurors: Julia Davids (Chicago), Rachel Rensink-Hoff (Hamilton) and Timothy Shantz (Calgary) who worked together with Jordan Van Biert to narrow down selections and determine a winner; thanks also to our anonymous donor whose contribution has funded the prize money for this competition as well as other upcoming new music projects.

August 2017: Announcing our 2017-2018 Season!

Chronos Vocal Ensemble welcomes you Season Five, a three-production series:

Sunday November 19 | All Saints’ Cathedral
Saturday January 13 | West End CRC
Sunday April 15 | All Saints’ Cathedral

All Concerts $20 advance, $23 door (Students/Seniors: $15 advance, $18 door)

July 2017: Choral Composition Competition

Announcing Chronos Vocal Ensemble’s 2017 Choral Composition Competition! We believe in supporting both established and emerging choral talent, and have created two eligibility categories: Grand Prize (General) and Emerging Alberta Composers. Anyone who fits the general criteria is eligible to enter. To qualify for the Emerging category, an entry must meet all the general guidelines and also some additional age and education requirements. Prizes of $1500 and $500 are available.

May 9, 2017: Vocal Alchemy 15th Anniversary Gala Celebration Concert

For a fourth consecutive year, Chronos Vocal Ensemble joined Vocal Alchemy for a choral-orchestral program, this year in celebration of Vocal Alchemy’s 15th Anniversary and ten years under the direction of Jordan Van Biert. The program featured Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C together with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, as well as the premiere of Bright with Beauty, newly commissioned by Vocal Alchemy from composer Mark Sirett.

Thank you to Vocal Alchemy for hosting us, and congratulations on this milestone!

May 7, 2017: Alleluia!

Chronos Vocal Ensemble presented its fourth and final production of the 2016-2017 Season.

A broad sacred program, Alleluia! featured music by Canadian, American, and European composers in an presentation crafted to bring the audience through an emotional journey.

This program featured the premiere of Jeff Enns’ Cantate Domino, newly commissioned by Chronos Vocal Ensemble, several selections presented by the women of the choir, and excerpts from several motets of J.S. Bach.

March 26, 2017: With a Voice of Triumph

Chronos Vocal Ensemble presented its third production of the 2016-2017 Season, joined by Jeremy Spurgeon on organ, who also helped craft the program.

The early- to mid-20th century golden age of British church music: Hubert Parry, Charles Villiers Stanford, Charles Wood, Henry Balfour Gardiner, and featuring the Mass in G Minor for double-choir by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The program also included a number of Canadian composers coming out of this tradition, including Healey Willan, Hugh Bancroft, Stephanie Martin and Matthew Larkin.

A preview-version of this program was presented at St. Vital Parish in Beaumont AB.

January 14, 2017: The Passing of the Year

Chronos Vocal Ensemble presented its second production of the 2016-2017 Season. The choir was joined by Roger Admiral on piano, for a program featuring the music of Jonathan Dove, Morten Lauridsen, Trent Worthington, Matthew Emery and Kathleen Allan.

A preview version of the program was presented at St. Albert Catholic Parish in St. Albert AB .

November 20, 2016: Bach and Forth!

Chronos Vocal Ensemble presented its first concert production of the 2016-2017 Season, featuring J.S. Bach’s Lobet den Herrn and Jesu, meine Freude, works by Bach’s musical descendants, and new music inspired by old masters including by Sven-David Sandström, Knut Nystedt, and Clytus Gottwald’s 16-part choral arrangement of Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen.

2016-2017 Season Opening Recital

An afternoon performance to unveil plans for the upcoming season, showcase the current edition of the choir and present audience favorites and new repertoire to be performed throughout the 2016-2017 Season.

October 2016: Jordan receives Choir Alberta award

On October 22 at Music Conference Alberta, held at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Choir Alberta presented Jordan Van Biert with its annual Con Spirito award, for “spirit, dedication, and commitment to choral music in the Province of Alberta.”

Jordan’s work with Chronos Vocal Ensemble was highlighted in a presentation made by Dr. Timothy Shantz (pictured here with Jordan).

October 2016: Chronos Welcomes Beth

We are pleased to announce Beth Mackey as our new Administrative Assistant for Chronos Vocal Ensemble!​ You’ll be seeing her at concerts, and she may be in touch when you contact us. Welcome to the Chronos family, Beth!

August 2016: Announcing our 2016-2017 Season!

Chronos Vocal Ensemble welcomes you to our third full season of concerts, a four-production series:

Bach and Forth!
November 20 | All Saints Cathedral

The Passing of the Year
January 14 | West End Christian Reformed Church

With a Voice of Triumph
March 26 | All Saints Cathedral

May 7 | All Saints Cathedral

June 8-12 2016: Prairie Tour
Edmonton’s Chronos Vocal Ensemble is heading on tour across the Canadian prairies. The 2016 Prairie Tour will feature an a cappella program from Bach and Purcell to Rachmaninoff and Esenvalds, and also feature Canadian composers including Edmonton’s Trent Worthington.

​Come and catch this fantastic choir in your city!

Regina / Winnipeg / Saskatoon / Moose Jaw / Camrose

Friday, May 20: Podium 2016 Spotlight Concert
5:00 pm at McDougall United Church

From May 18-22, choral musicians from across Canada and around the world will gather in Edmonton, Alberta, for 4 days of choral performances and conference sessions.

The Podium 2016 Festival includes more than a dozen public concerts featuring an exceptional roster of choirs from across Canada and beyond.

Monday, May 16: The Simplest Way CD Release Party
CKUA performance space, 9804 Jasper Avenue

Join us to celebrate the release of our new recording, at an evening hosted by CKUA’s Orest Soltykevych, featuring:

Live jazz by A/B Trio
Cash bar featuring Blindman Brewing craft beer
Complimentary Hors d’oevres
Performance by the choir, and the opportunity to mingle with singers and supporters
Silent auction in support of our upcoming tour

Sunday, April 24: The Simplest Way
7:30 pm at All Saints’ Cathedral, 10035 103 St Edmonton

Featuring 20th and 21st century choral music, with an emphasis on Canadian composers, and in particular several original works by Trent Worthington, including the witty and profound and Einstein said and the tongue-in-cheek Alberta Cowboy Songs.

Saturday, February 27: Grace & Glory
7:00 PM at West End Christian Reformed Church, 10015 149 Street, Edmonton

Chronos Vocal Ensemble joins as guests of Vocal Alchemy in this third annual collaborative production featuring sacred masterworks with orchestra.
Featuring Vivaldi’s GLORIA and music of Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn.
Soloists: Lorne Manweiler (organ), Frederic Payant (trumpet), Jolaine Kerley (soprano) and several members of Chronos Vocal Ensemble.
Info/Tickets: Visit Vocal Alchemy.

February 6th, 2016: Benefit Concert and Silent Auction for Syrian Refugee Sponsorship: TE DEUM

Chronos Vocal Ensemble supported the efforts of Trinity Lutheran Church (our home rehearsal venue) in bringing a Syrian refugee family to Edmonton by performing as part of an evening of exceptional local music in support of a wonderful cause. Over 10K was raised that night.

January 10, 2016: Mendelssohn: TE DEUM

Sunday, January 10
7:30 pm at All Saints’ Cathedral, 10035 103 St Edmonton

Featuring the master Romantic composer and some of his musical forefathers, with Jeremy Spurgeon, organ, and guests Edmonton Youth Choir (John Wiebe, conductor).

November 15, 2015: REQUIEM: War and Peace, Life and Death

Sunday, November 15
7:30 pm at All Saints’ Cathedral

Connecting to nearby Remembrance Day, this program features Herbert Howells’ Requiem and music of British and Canadian composers.

October 3-4, 2015: Calgary Tour

Chronos Vocal Ensemble‘s first-ever tour featured an exciting collaboration with Spritus Chamber Choir and Cantaré Children’s Choir called “Connect… Create!” While in Calgary, the choir also sang in the morning service at Cathedral Church of the Redeemer.
Concert review by Oliver Munar.

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September 20, 2015: Season Opening Recital

Chronos Vocal Ensemble had an afternoon performance where we unveiled plans for the current season, showcased this year’s edition of the choir and presented audience favorites and new repertoire to be performed throughout the 2015-2016 Season, at the intimate venue of Trinity Lutheran Church.

August 25, 2015: Announcing our 2015-2016 Season!

Chronos Vocal Ensemble welcomes you to our second full season of concerts, again a three-production series to be held on Sunday evenings at All Saints’ Cathedral.
More info.

July 1, 2015: Healey Willan Grand Prize Winners!

Chronos Vocal Ensemble has been awarded the Grand Prize in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs! Our thanks to the competition presenters: Choral Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, Unisong and the Canadian Music Centre. Congratulations to all those who participated! Press Release.

Jordan Van Biert accepted the grand prize on behalf of the choir on Canada Day, on stage at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa at the Unisong festival.

June 28, 2015: Chronos Vocal Ensemble
wins in National Competition

Chronos Vocal Ensemble has won first prize in the Adult Mixed Choir category of the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs! Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who helped us get so far in two years!

June 19, 2015: Debut CD now available for sale!

Thanks to all who attended our CD release concert! Our debut recording “Presenting Chronos Vocal Ensemble” is now for sale from our website, and available in person at The Gramophone in Edmonton.



June 18, 2015: Chronos Debut CD Release Concert!
St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, 8420 145 St Edmonton

Chronos Vocal Ensemble presents its debut recording, featuring sacred a cappella music.

June 2, 2015: National Finalists!

Chronos Vocal Ensemble has been selected as a finalist in the
National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs!

View our Artist Page on the CBC website to hear the pieces we submitted for our entry. These are live recordings of some of the same pieces on our upcoming debut recording.

June 1, 2015: Fund Drive Success!

We are pleased to announce the successful completion of our 2015 Spring Fund Drive, having collected a total of nearly $20,000 in personal donations, municipal and provincial grants, and corporate sponsorship toward our CD project. Many heartfelt thanks to all those who supported us this year, particularly with generous personal donations.

May 31, 2014: AMOUR et ART
All Saints’ Cathedral, 10035 103 St Edmonton

Chronos Vocal Ensemble presents its final concert of the 2014-2015 Season, featuring contemporary and 20th Century French Repertoire.

Featuring the unique harmonic sound-worlds of Durufle, Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel and Hindemith as well as Canadian composers including Lionel Daunais, Mark Sirett, Rupert Lang and new music by Quebec composer Guillaume Boulay.

The first half of the program features sacred music including Durufle’s motets on gregorian chant themes, several offerings by Poulenc and Pierre Villette’s jazzy Hymne a la Vierge. The second half is secular music exploring the human themes of love, nature, springtime.

February 28, 2015: Lux Aeterna – Eternal Light
Chronos Vocal Ensemble as guests of Vocal Alchemy:
West End Christian Reformed Church, 10015 149 St Edmonton

Music of Lauridsen, Whitacre, Esenvalds and Gjeilo with 100 voices and chamber orchestra.

January 2015: Chronos Music Society granted Charitable Status

Our Charitable Status is approved by the CRA!

Visit the support page to learn about supporting Chronos Vocal Ensemble or to make a tax-deductible! donation through Canada Helps.

(Right, Jordan and Society President Judith Plumb present cake at rehearsal!)

January 11, 2015: VESPERS – Contemplative Sacred Music for Evening.
All Saints’ Cathedral, 10035 103 St Edmonton

The Vespers portion of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, John Rutter’s Hymn to the Creator of Light, music of Mendelssohn and compelling contemporary works by Esenvalds, Raminsh, and Jasperse.

This Program features:

  • Portions of Rachmaninoff’s sublime All-Night Vigil, a pinnacle of 20th century a cappella music, featuring an expanded 40-voice ensemble
  • Mendelssohn’s Vespergesang for Male Choir and cello, with guest Josephine van Lier
  • John Rutter’s stunning Hymn to the Creator of Light
  • Contemporary music by composers including Canadian Imant Raminsh and Latvian Eriks Esenvalds
  • Soloists from the choir including Iain Gillis, Catherine Kubash, Elle Salvalaggio, Deanna Davis, David Dykstra and David Fraser
  • Evocative light design by Russell Ault

This performance supported by a project grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

November 23, 2014: Fear and Trembling – Inspired by the Book of Psalms
at All Saints’ Cathedral, 10035 103 St Edmonton

Chronos Vocal Ensemble presents settings of texts from this passionate book of sacred poetry, spanning six centuries of music: Italian Renaissance, 19th century German, 20th century English and French, and modern compositions. Allegri, Palestrina, Mendelssohn, Howells, Poulenc, and Canadian composers: Robin King, Peter Togni.

This Program features:

  • Allegri’s Miserere: Originally prohibited from performance outside the Vatican, and “stolen” by a young Mozart
  • Mendelssohn’s Aus tiefer Not, inspired by Bach, with soloists from the choir.
  • Poulenc’s Timor et Tremor: “Fear and Trembling came over me… have mercy!”
  • John Rutter’s sublime The Lord is My Shepherd, with guest oboist Alyssa Miller
  • Canadian Music by Jeff Enns and Robin King
  • Jeremy Spurgeon on the cathedral organ
  • Soloists from the choir including Knut Ulsrud, Namisha Hlus, Caleb Nelson, Gordon Ritchie and David McCune.

October 26, 2014: Chronos Vocal Ensemble Season Opening Recital

Join Chronos Vocal Ensemble for this afternoon performance as we unveil our plans for the current season, showcase this year’s edition of the choir and present repertoire to be performed throughout the season, at the intimate venue of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Music of Durufle, Poulenc, Messaien, Mendelssohn, Chesnokov, Rachmaninoff and more.

Special guests: Ante Meridiem.

September 2014: Chronos Vocal Ensemble 2014-2015
Tickets Now on Sale!

We welcome you to Chronos Vocal Ensemble’s
2014-2015 Season of concerts!

To all our supporters, we extend this early-bird bonus offer:
All purchasers of Season Subscriptions through Tix on the Square on or before October 25, 2014 will pay no box office fees, and receive an additional ticket FREE for our Season Opening Recital, to be held on October 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Contact Tix on the Square now to reserve your Season Subscription. (Phone: 780-420-1757)

Thanks for your support!

April 2014: Announcing our Final Concert of the 2013-2014 Season!
Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209 123 Street, Edmonton

Chronos Vocal Ensemble presents the final concert of its inaugural season, featuring German repertoire in styles and genres the choir has explored throughout the season, and a foretaste of things to come for this exciting new ensemble: music of Debussy, excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, and a compelling set of contemporary settings of poetry by E.E. Cummings.

J.S. Bach – Lobet den Herrn
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Mitten wir im Leben sind
Mendelssohn: Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen
Mendelssohn: Excerpts from “Lieder im Freien zu singen,” Op. 57
Franz Schubert: Psalm 23
Johannes Brahms: Quartets, Op. 92
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Excerpts from “All-Night Vigil”
Claude Debussy: Trois Chansons
Julian Wachner: somewhere i have never travelled
Jeff Enns: i carry your heart
Eric Whitacre: i thank you God for most this amazing day

March 1, 2014: An Evening in Vienna – guests of Vocal Alchemy
West End Christian Reformed Church, 10015 149 St Edmonton

Vocal Alchemy continues in a tradition of collaboration to produce a major choral-orchestral program featuring Schubert’s Mass in G and other works. With guests Chronos Vocal Ensemble, Strathcona String Quartet, La Folia String Ensemble, 18th Century Trumpets and Drums, Lorne Manweiler (organ), Kim Cousineau (piano), and a number of vocal soloists.

January 13, 2014: Chronos IN CONCERT!
All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, 10035 103 St Edmonton

Chronos Vocal Ensemble’s first full concert, including a cappella music for 8 parts and double-choir by Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms and featuring Rheinberger’s Mass in E Flat for double-choir.

Thanks to the large crowd who came out to support our first full-fledged concert! We appreciate your support!

January 12, 2014: Jordan Van Biert on CKUA

In advance of this evening’s concert, Jordan appeared on CKUA radio this morning to speak about Chronos and this concert with host Orest Soltykevych. Listen to the interview here.

January 6, 2014: Successful Kickstarter Campaign!

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we raised nearly $6000 through our Kickstarter campaign. View the completed campaign here. And rehearsals are well underway for our big concert this weekend.

November 24, 2013: Debut Recital
Trinity Lutheran Church, 10014 81 Ave Edmonton

A first public performance for Chronos Vocal Ensemble, featuring sacred and secular music of Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Rheinberger and Reger.
Thanks to all who joined us for this historic occasion!

October 20, 2013: First Rehearsal

We had our first rehearsal ever! Brahms, Mendelssohn, Lauridsen. We’re off to a great start.

October 2013: Chronos Vocal Ensemble
partners with Trinity Lutheran Church

Chronos Vocal Ensemble is pleased to announce a partnership with Trinity Lutheran Church for the 2013-2014 Season.

This exceptional facility in Edmonton’s historic Old Strathcona district will be used for the ensemble’s rehearsals throughout the season, and will be the site of the its premiere public performance on Sunday November 24, 2013.

Trinity’s 110th Anniversary Sanctuary Renovation Project was carried out last year, visibly brightening the interior and livening the sound in the space. An increasing number of musical ensembles looking for that just-right performance venue are finding the space to be ideal, and we are pleased to call Trinity home.