Chellan has performed with many soloists, choirs and ensembles in the province, and was accompanist for the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus and the Calgary Bach Festival Chorus. Chellan is an assistant with the organ tuning frim, Pipework, a notional vice president for the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and serves on the executive for Calgary Centre of the RCCO.
Knox United Music Program
Knox United, a century old church in the heart of downtown Calgary, has a celebrated history of involvement in the fine arts. Its congregation has been a leader in incorporating the arts into their religious services, providing a venue and cultural hub for a wide variety of local and international organizations, and has been a valuable resource centre for the Calgary community at large.
Ensembles within the Knox United Music Program include:
The Knox Choir
The Knox Choir, which rehearses weekly and provides musical leadership on Sundays from September to mid-June. We enjoy preparing and performing music from many historical periods and in a wide variety of styles. In recent years we were proud to be part of massed choirs that performed in Carnegie Hall in New York, and in Ottawa for Canada Day 2017.
The Halo Singers, who sing one Sunday a month. This is an opportunity for people who like to sing but cannot manage a full rehearsal schedule. We meet before the Sunday service to prepare a choir piece and the congregational music for that day.
EquiKnox, our house band, consists of 4-6 singers accompanied by a variety of instrumentalists playing piano, bass, percussion, mandolin, and including our two minsters, both accomplished guitarists. EquiKnox specializes in contemporary music, and is featured one Sunday each month and on festival worship occasions, such as Christmas Eve.
Soulstice, a small ensemble of singers who enjoy more technically difficult choral material. Soulstice is featured monthly and in festival services. Knox singers and instrumentalists enjoy participating in community concerts and special events, often in partnership with a wide variety of community musicians and musical groups. Knox does not currently have a Handbell Choir, but we would love to have the opportunity to bring out our beautiful 3-octave ring of handbells and add them to our musical repertoire.
Christmas Eve at Knox features all of our musical ensembles (and special guest artists Foothills Brass Quintet) with music ranging from traditional Christmas favourites to exciting contemporary takes on carols. Knox is one of only a few Calgary churches that offer a late (11:00pm) Christmas Eve service responding to a tradition still held by many in the Calgary community.
A prominent feature in the Knox sanctuary is one of the largest pipe organs in Canada.
The organ was originally built and installed by Casavant Frères in 1912 as opus 529, rebuilt and expanded in 1956 and again in 2002. It is a large versatile four manual instrument with 95 stops and over 5000 pipes. In addition to the great, swell (enclosed), choir (enclosed) resonance and pedal divisions, it has an antiphonal (echo) division located in the rear gallery.
The work in 2002 included the addition of a digital capture system with 256 levels of memory, a sequencer and a computer diskette drive for the storage of piston information. In cooperation with the local organ society chapters, Knox has had a history of supporting many international organ virtuosos who have presented major programs on the instrument.
In July 2018 the organ will be enhanced by the addition of 900 pipes and a second console located in the gallery. This is the result of the donation to Knox of the organ from Knox Metropolitan Church in Edmonton.
The church and sanctuary, as a premier concert venue, hosts numerous groups and programs:
- Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Bach at Knox”
- Festival Chorus and Cantaré Children's Choir
- Local high school music programs
- Educational and theological speakers
Established by former music director Frank McKitrick in 1978, the Knox United Church Carol Festival is regarded by many Calgarians as the beginning of their Christmas season. Held annually on three nights in the first week of December, it features many excellent community, school, and church choirs singing some of their special Christmas repertoire. This event is also a significant fund-raiser for the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank.
Building on its past achievements, Knox is looking forward to expanding its relationships with other arts organizations in the city and continuing to support the Calgary community in the presentation of quality Fine Arts programs.
If you would enjoy participating in our musical culture please contact the Knox United Church office.