Founded in 1973, the Calgary Boys Choir consists of four choirs: the Young Singers, the Intermediate Choir, the Touring Choir and the Alumni Choir. Increasing levels of skill in vocal technique, aural musicianship and sight-reading are developed in a supportive environment that fosters dedication and self-esteem.
Under Douglas Parnham, founder and artistic director 1973 to 1991, the Choir grew from 14 members to over 100. Gerald Wirth was artistic director from 1991 to 1998, at which time he returned to his native Austria to become senior director with the Vienna Boys Choir. Jean-Louis Barbier, Artistic Director from 1998-2000, came to us from France. Ms. Arlie Langager, with her extensive background of solo and choral conducting, was Artistic Director from 2000 to 2003. The current Artistic Director of the Calgary Boys Choir is the well-known bass-baritone performer, Paul Grindlay.
The excellent training the choristers receive has resulted in a number of awards in competition including from the Florida International Boychoir Festival, Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival, Alberta Music Festival Association, Canadian Choral Festival and the Bournemouth Music Festival (U.K).
Alex Birnie Calgary Boys ChoirMatthew Sommers 2-CD compilation. Disk one is a collection of traditional works. Disk two is music from "The Little Prince", an opera for young boys written by Gerald Wirth, from the classic children's book. The main soloist is Alex Birnie.