Coristi Chamber Choir


P.O. Box 52068EdmontonAlbertaT6G 2T5Canada View Map

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(780) 902-6579


i Coristi was formed in the fall of 1994 by Dr. Debra Cairns and is a community based choir of 18 to 22 singers. The name i Coristi comes from Italian and means "The Choral Singers". Auditions are held annually, and membership encompasses a broad cross section of the Edmonton community. Focusing on choral masterpieces from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, the choir has performed such repertoire as Byrd's Mass for Four Voices, Vivaldi's Magnificat, Bach's Jesu, meine Freude, Haydn's Salve Regina, Mozart's Vesperae sollennes de confessore, Ravel's Trois Chansons, Rautavaara's Suite de 'Lorca', Watson's Missa Brevis, and Mozart's Requiem. An important aspect of our concerts is collaborating with a guest artist. Past ventures have included initiatives with harpist Nora Bumanis, organist Marnie Giesbrecht, pianists Janet Scott-Hoyt, Joachim Segger and Roger Admiral, guitarists Carl Lotsberg and Trevor Sanders, the Renaissance instrumental ensemble Musica Transalpina, the Celtic artists Sheela-Na-Gigh, Alberta Ballet, the Edmonton Chamber Orchestra (ECHO), and Cantilon Childrens Choir. In addition to i Coristi's own concerts, the choir also regularly appears as a guest artist in concerts of other Edmonton choral and instrumental ensembles including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra , and often gives the gift of music to help local charities with various fund raisers and other initiatives. i Coristi is honoured to have achieved a second place finish the 2008 CBC National Radio Competition for Amature Choirs after having also placed second in the chamber choir category in 2006. The choir is also honoured to have been one of only 13 Canadian choirs selected to perform at Podium (the national biennial conference of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors) in Toronto in May 2002, and at the Podium conference in Winnipeg in May 2004. As part of i Coristi's 15th Anniversary Season, the choir will be performing at the 2009 Eisteddfod Festival in Wales this July.

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