What we do and how we do it.
WHAT WE DO
The Calgary Men's Chorus is made of 40 guys who sing everything from Michael Jackson to Mozart under the direction of Malcolm Edwards. If you haven’t heard the CMC perform, we invite you to come experience the distinctive and powerful sound of an all-male choir. And if you like what you hear, why not come sing with us!
The Calgary Men's Chorus Society achieves excellence in the performance of choral music, creates a nurturing musical and social environment, and garners the respect of both the music community and the community at large.
Since its inception in 1994 (Incorporation followed in January of 1997), the Calgary Men’s Chorus has sought to broaden its audience and to establish its place in the Calgary Arts Community. While welcoming men of all orientations and birth genders, a majority of our members are from Calgary`s LGBT community. CMC supports many causes but continues to be an important and visible component of the LGBT community.
The accomplishments of the Chorus are numerous, more than can be listed here. CMC has had the opportunity to support the fund-raising efforts of many local organizations, most recently Camp fYrefly, the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, Child Find Alberta, AIDS Calgary, Calgary Health Trust (Sing for the Cure in 2010), the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, and the Carewest Music Therapy Program at their Calgary Sings event.
It has also been the good fortune of the Chorus to share the stage with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and their Chorus, EnChor Chamber Chorus, Savridi Singers, Cum Vino Cantus, Cantaré Children’s Choir, One Voice Chorus and many more. We have travelled to Winnipeg, Montreal, Vancouver, Denver, Miami and have performed twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City. We have participated in the national Unison and international GALA festivals of the LGBT community honouring their exceptional talent and contribution to society.
We believe in coming together in song and have welcomed start-up groups to our stage, supporting them on their road to success. We believe in the power of music, and in its ability to build bridges and remove walls. We believe in reaching out to others.
Our programs and performances are a tribute to the richness and beauty of male choral music. We hope you will be moved and inspired by our presentations.
We wouldn't be where we are today without our wonderful artistic staff and volunteer board members.
Malcolm V. Edwards
Malcolm Edwards was born in Halifax, England and emigrated to Canada in 1967. He is a graduate of Sheffield College of Education (UK), Trinity College of Music, London, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Montana and has done further graduate work at the University of Northern Colorado. He taught music in junior and senior high school for twelve years in southern Alberta before joining the University of Calgary as a Professor of Music Education in 1980. He retired from the university in 2011. In the community he was affiliated with the Youth Singers of Calgary for 21 years directing the Act Three and Encore divisions. He is now employed as an Adjunct Professor of Music at St Mary’s University College where he directs the choir and teaches a music history course.
In addition to being an essential part of the Calgary Men's Chorus, Jim Picken is an Associate Director of Music Ministry at Knox Presbyterian Church, an organ recitalist with several recordings to his credit, a very talented accompanist, and a well-respected piano teacher. His musical training began in Calgary and continued on Vancouver Island where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Victoria (1975). He then moved to the United Kingdom where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Theology at Oxford University (1980, 1994), and later he received performance diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and the Western Board of Music. In September 2008, Jim began working on his Master of Music in Organ Performance with Neil Cockburn at the University of Calgary.
Board of Directors
The CMC is run by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of members of the choir.
• President – Don Kozak
• Treasurer – Darin Grisdale
• Vice President – Shawn Loo
• Secretary – Brad Lagore
• Member – Herman Ng
• Member – Rocky Wallbaum
• Member – Jake Tremblay
• Member – Jean-René Ayotte