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!
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.
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.
Thanks to CKUA and Blindman Brewing for their support of this event!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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).
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
Come and catch this fantastic choir in your city!
Regina / Winnipeg / Saskatoon / Moose Jaw / Camrose
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Chronos Vocal Ensemble has been selected as a finalist in the
National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs!
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.
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.
Music of Lauridsen, Whitacre, Esenvalds and Gjeilo with 100 voices and chamber orchestra.
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:
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:
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.