Choralfest E

Thursday, 4 April 2019 1:00 PM - Saturday, 6 April 2019 10:00 PM MST

850 4 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 0L8, Canada

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Thursday, 4 April 2019 1:00 PM - Saturday, 6 April 2019 10:00 PM MST

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, 850 4 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 0L8, Canada.

Choir Alberta is excited to add a brand new program to our lineup — Choralfest E. E is for ensemble, electric, exciting, energetic, extra — and the list goes on. The festival is for a cappella groups, vocal jazz ensembles, contemporary vocal ensembles, and other small groups focusing on non-traditional choral repertoire.

Choralfest E has been designed to offer each ensemble a customized experience, offering opportunities for public performances, for private workshops, to observe workshop sessions, and to take in feature performances.  Participating groups that give a public performance as part of their Choralfest E experience are able to offset their registration fee with ticket sales.


A flagship program of Choir Alberta, Choralfest is Alberta’s non-competitive festival for choirs. In addition to performance and workshop experiences, the festival offers professional development opportunities for directors and provides participants with valuable post-festival tools for learning. The goal of the festival is to facilitate the growth and development of each group in a positive, creative, and educationally-focused environment. 



Choralfest E workshops take place during during the day at the National Music Centre and performances are held in the evening (between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.) at the King Eddy. Here are some key aspects of how the model works:

  • Each group is encouraged to sign up for a workshop and a performance. However, if your group is only interested in the workshop or the performance, you may sign up for one of the two.
  • Workshops are scheduled in hour-long blocks; performances are scheduled in 30 minute blocks. A certain amount of time will be required for setup at the beginning of each block. Each group will have 10 minutes for sound check prior to evening performance blocks.
  • Performances are open to the public; workshops are not. However, all workshops are open to participating performers and directors.
  • Groups may request their workshop before or after their performance.
  • Performances are video recorded using a live feed from the performance space. Note that there is likely to be audible noise from the audience on your video.
  • Written comments will be provided by the evaluator for all performances.


Example 1

Apr 4, 5:00-5:30 p.m. — Performance
Apr 4, 5:30-6:00 p.m. — Performance observation
Apr 5, 10:00-11:00 a.m. — Workshop
Apr 5, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — Workshop observation (optional)
Apr 6, 8:00 p.m. — Spotlight Concert (optional, performer tickets $10)

Example 2

Apr 6, 2:00-3:00 p.m. — Workshop
Apr 6, 3:00-4:00 p.m. — Workshop observation (optional)
Apr 6, 6:00-6:30 p.m. — Performance observation
Apr 6, 6:30-7:00 p.m. — Performance
Apr 6, 8:00 p.m. — Spotlight Concert (optional, performer tickets $10)

Example 3

Apr 6, 5:00-5:30 p.m. — Performance
Apr 6, 5:30-6:00 p.m. — Performance observation
Apr 6, 8:00 p.m. — Spotlight Concert (optional, performer tickets $10)

Example 4

Apr 4, 2:00-3:00 p.m. — Workshop
Apr 4, 3:00-4:00 p.m. — Workshop observation
Apr 4, 5:00-6:00 p.m. — Performance observation

Choir Alberta

Choir Alberta is the province’s hub for choral music. Through our diverse roster of projects and programs, we provide valuable resources and unique opportunities for choirs, conductors, choristers, and other choral leaders. Our festivals, workshops, provincial honour choirs, choral library, and professional development opportunities play an important role in elevating the standard of choral music making and in building and uniting the province’s choral community. We have an holistic view of choral music and actively support and engage with choirs of all types. We are the only organization that is directly connected to the hundreds of choirs that can be found throughout Alberta; we therefore play an integral role in raising awareness and generating excitement about choral music all across the province.

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