The choir of Robertson-Wesley United has always been an integral part of worship. They sing everything from Byrd to Britten, Handel to Howells, as well as spirituals and newly-written material.
Membership to the senior choir is open to all high-school students and adults. Although no formal audition is required, it is requested that interested persons consult with the Director of Music, Tammy-Jo Mortensen before attending their first rehearsal. New choristers may also join for a certain season. Choir practices take place on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 pm, and the choir sings at most of the Sunday services from September to June. Eight Sundays a year the choral music is provided by one of the Cantilon Choirs.
The choir also provides music at several special services throughout the year, such as the Festival of Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, during Holy Week, and at other special events.
The choral programme at R-W also includes the addition of four or more section leads in each section of the choir. If you are interested in auditioning for a section lead position, please contact the Director of Music, Tammy-Jo Mortensen for more information.
The Choir of R-W has had several pieces written for them over the years, including pieces by Bruce Wheatcroft, Robin King, Erin Craig, Piotr Grella-Mozejko, and have commissioned several anthems including pieces from Mark Sirett and John Hooper for special occasions. The choir has been involved in several recordings and together with the R-W Ringers, launched a new CD in 2009: “Song Forever New”.
The choir has performed at many special events including the CBC reading of Dickens' Christmas Carol, at a Bach festival, Alberta and Northwest United Church Conference events, St. Stephen's College convocations, have toured England, have sung at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and continue to include outreach amongst their ministries performing at care facilities for the elderly.
Hiring the Choir of Robertson-Wesley for Events
The Choir of Robertson-Wesley has performed in many weddings, corporate events, Christmas celebrations and at music conferences. If you would be interested in hiring the choir for your special event, please contact the Director of Music, Tammy-Jo Mortensen.
From the Alberta Choral Federation site you can find a lot more information on choral events and opportunities in Alberta!