Since its founding in 1995 by Artistic Director Elaine Quilichini, the Calgary Girls Choir (CGC) has inspired girls and young women to meet the creative challenge of choral music performance. The CGC is recognized nationally and internationally for its dazzling performances and many accomplishments: first-place awards and major prizes at Canadian and international competitions; prestigious performances at the National Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, ACCC Podium, and the Organization of American Kodály Educators; features on national television; premieres at the Banff Centre for the Arts; concerts with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Calgary Civic Symphony; and commissions of new works by Canadian and international composers.
All CGC programs provide musical education, vocal training, and performance opportunities. Based on the Kodály philosophy where the human voice is viewed as the fundamental and essential instrument for developing the child musician, chorister training includes cultivating the ear, taste, and a passion for music. Quality repertoire, and this child-centered approach, are the foundations of the program. Through the cultivation of strong vocal technique, beautiful tone, musical literacy, and a love of singing, choristers achieve the musical goals of the program. They gain confidence and poise, and friendships are nurtured through a shared love of singing.
Through their performances, recordings, and tours the CGC has earned an international reputation for excellence. Exceptional training in tone quality and musical sensitivity produces the polished, mature sound of these choristers who push the boundaries of their abilities in the pursuit of choral excellence. The result is a stellar reputation as a leader amongst top youth choirs.
The CGC have won at the Vienna Music Festival, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, and in local, provincial, and national competitions within Canada. They were awarded first place four times in the ACCC National Choral Competition! CGC Brava performed alongside Canada’s top choirs at Podium 2016, and both CGC Brava and Viva participated in the San Francisco YWCP Choral Festival in the spring of 2017.
This past summer, CGC Brava performed the opening concert of the 2017 International Kodály Symposium in Camrose, AB. This stunning performance included the world premiere of the commissioned work Migrations, by Alberta composer Margaret King. Performed with the renowned Borealis String Quartet, Brava thrilled the audience of music educators and conductors. This festive season CGC Brava did four fabulous performances with the CPO in their A Traditional Christmas. We are excited about Brava traveling to Wales in July 2018, and taking Viva to Victoria in April.