September 2019: Announcing the 2019-20 Season!

Read more about the season here.

We are thrilled to welcome you to our seventh season of concerts, featuring rich musical experiences that will engage the mind and stir the soul! Music lovers, come and share music with us.

Wondrous and Terrible
Sunday November 3, 7:30 PM

Good Life Here
Sunday January 19, 7:30 PM

Hearts Afire
Sunday April 26, 7:30 PM

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July 2019: Recognition in National Competition!

Chronos Vocal Ensemble has been recognized with an Honourable Mention in the 2019 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs!

Congratulations to our friends the Vancouver Cantata Singers for their Grand Prize win, and to all the finalists and winners. Thanks to Choral Canada for running this wonderful event, bringing together the national choral community, and to the Canada Council for the Arts for its support.
Details here.


Sing With Us! (Part 1)

Footage from our 2017-2018 Season and an encouragement to come out and audition to join the choir!

Music: Excerpts from “Ambe” by Andrew Balfour, published by Cypress Choral Music. Video by Legacy Films, audio by Silver Studios.

Find out more here.


April 2019: Chronos Fund Drive
We owe so much to our generous financial contributors. They have helped us launch a composition competition, release new recordings, commission new music, perform beyond Edmonton, and more.
We’re about halfway to our goal in our 2019 Fund Drive. Will you help us?
Info and donor benefits on our Support page.


April 24, 2019: National Geographic Symphony for Our World
Chronos Vocal Ensemble were featured performers at National Geographic: Symphony for Our World.
The inspiring 90-minute, live orchestral performance used groundbreaking imagery and storytelling from over 130 years of National Geographic history matched in perfect synchronization with an orchestra and choir.


April 7, 2019: Into Light
Chronos Vocal Ensemble concludes its 2018-19 Season with INTO LIGHT, offering a reflective a cappella experience that presents Renaissance and contemporary unaccompanied music together.
Also featured the world premiere a new commission: “I’ll Drown My Book” by Vancouver composer Kristopher Fulton

February 23, 2019: Mozart Vespers
Chronos Vocal Ensemble joins with Vocal Alchemy to perform Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore (or “Solemn Vespers”) for choir, organ, orchestra and soloists.

January 13, 2019: Paradise
Chronos Vocal Ensemble is joined by pianists Jeremy Spurgeon and Roger Admiral on contemporary music for choir, both a cappella and for two pianos and percussion.
Also presenting the premiere of our 2018 Choral Composition Competition Winner, “Au clair de la lune” by composer Paul Aitken.

December 14-16, 2018: Handel’s Messiah
Chronos Vocal Ensemble joins Da Camera Singers as guests of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni for the classic Handel oratorio at the Winspear Centre.

November 18, 2018: Handel Coronation Anthems
Chronos Vocal Ensemble opens the 2018-2019 Season with Baroque masterworks including music of Bach and Handel, and featuring Handel’s Coronation Anthems, written for the 1727 coronation of George II. The program will feature Jeremy Spurgeon (organ) and a baroque orchestra including players from Edmonton and Calgary.

2018-19 Season Announcement
Artistic Director Jordan Van Biert tells us what he’s excited about for the coming season.


October, 2019: Paul Aitken, Composition Competition Winner
We are pleased to announce Au Clare de la Lune by Paul Aitken as our Grand Prize winner. The piece will be premiered in 2019 by the choir.
Paul is delighted to be this year’s winner of the Chronos Composition Competition and is excited about forging a new relationship with Chronos Vocal Ensemble.
For more information about Dr. Aitken and all of his musical output, please visit www.PaulAitkenMusic.com.

June 28 – July 3, 2018: Newfoundland Tour
Appearances:
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.

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.
Listen to the CKUA interview.
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.

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.