Posted on February 13, 2020 by Tia Lalani

The University of Alberta, Augustana Campus premiere auditioned chamber choir, The Augustana Choir, under the direction of John Wiebe (PhD), is excited to be heading out on an Alberta recruitment tour during their spring break from March 5 to 7, 2020. This delightful evening of music will present works by Thomas Weelkes, Felix Mendelssohn, Ēriks …

The University of Alberta, Augustana Campus premiere auditioned chamber choir, The Augustana Choir, under the direction of John Wiebe (PhD), is excited to be heading out on an Alberta recruitment tour during their spring break from March 5 to 7, 2020. This delightful evening of music will present works by Thomas Weelkes, Felix Mendelssohn, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Don Macdonald, Kim Andre Arnesen and more. The concert will also feature solos by Augustana music majors in voice, piano and tuba.

The Augustana Choir performs an exciting and eclectic range of a cappella choral music from renaissance to the latest in contemporary choral compositions. The choir has been widely considered one of Western Canada’s most successful undergraduate university choirs. An active touring tradition has led The Augustana Choir to perform concerts for local, national and international audiences including a tour of Cuba in January 2019. In May 2014, The Augustana Choir was honoured to accept an invitation to perform at Podium 2014, the national choral conference of Choral Canada in Halifax and in May 2012, the choir traveled to Hungary. The recording Idegen orszagban: In a Foreign Land is a live compilation recording that documents this extraordinary study and performance tour to Hungary. An interesting side-note is that all eligible students who successfully audition for The Augustana Choir receive a choral scholarship! This scholarship is unique to other university choirs in Canada.

Director John Wiebe is an award-winning choral conductor, pianist, orchestral conductor, singer, educator, adjudicator and clinician from Edmonton, Alberta. Known for the energy, craftsmanship and passion he brings to his music making, John has multiple recordings, awards and broadcasts to his credit, including the Choir Alberta Richard S Eaton Award in 2019. John has studied at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Alberta, with Frieder Bernius from Stuttgart, Germany, and in Vienna, Austria. Choirs under his dynamic leadership have recorded seven CDs, performed coast-to-coast across Canada and around the world (in Europe, Russia, South America and China), and have received awards for their performances locally, nationally and at the Langollen Music Festival as well as the World Choir Games. John is a regular clinician and adjudicator across Canada who likes to keep in shape for his music schedule by travelling with his family, running and playing hockey.

If you are in the neighbourhood, please join us for a delightful evening of choral music. For further information, please contact John Wiebe at 780-994-6539 or at jhwiebe@ualberta.ca.


Paintearth Lodge (Castor, AB): March 5 at 7 pm

Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church (Medicine Hat, AB): March 6 at 7 pm

Bashaw United Church (Bashaw, AB): March 7 at 7 pm

Admission is by donation.


 


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