Kantorei is the flagship adult chorus of the Conservatory at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. This mixed-voice, auditioned choir, currently comprised of sixty members from all walks of life, has been making exceptional music for twenty-three years.
Its repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary, with a special focus on Canadian composers such as Eleanor Daley, Ruth Watson Henderson, and Imant Raminsh. Kantorei performs in the stunning Bella Concert Hall at Mount Royal University, where wonderful acoustics showcase the choir’s clear, rich harmonies. Recent highlights include Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass and Karl Jenkins’ Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, both in collaboration with the Calgary Youth Orchestra, and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”), with the Calgary Civic Symphony. Kantorei has also collaborated with the Kenyan Boys Choir, Spiritus Chamber Choir, and the Calgary Men’s Chorus. Kantorei has also performed and collaborated internationally, including at New York’s Carnegie Hall (Arvo Part’s Berliner Mass) and the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin (Karl Jenkin’s Armed Man: A Mass for Peace).
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John Morgan has a passion for music education and performance and believes in bringing out the best in musicians, vocal groups and individual artists he works with by creating a working environment that fosters learning, creativity, musical development, collaboration, and fun. John focuses on directing multi-genre vocal groups, as well as delivering full-service music direction for local artists, corporations and events through his studio Morgan Music in Calgary. He is a conductor, organist, pianist, recording engineer and published composer and arranger whose work has been performed by groups across North America.
In addition to the Young Canadians, John is the Artistic Director of Mount Royal Kantorei, an auditioned 60-voice mixed chorus attached to Mount Royal University’s Conservatory and is the Music Director and Organist at St. Anthony’s Church. He also works with variety of other musical groups and ensembles in the City.
John has provided musical direction for special events including the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Club, One Rock Music Festival, The Tenor’s “Home For the Holidays”, Dave Kelly Live “Home”, The We Day Benefit Concert, and over 27 Young Canadians Shows.
Through his work with the Young Canadians and the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show, John has had the opportunity to work with Tamara Beatty (The Voice), Scott Henderson (Earthtones and Souls in Rhythm), Dave Pierce (Producer - Michael Buble, Vancouver Olympics), Paul Brandt, Jocelyn Alice and play keys for Jann Arden.
When not performing or teaching, John can be found travelling, especially on long motorcycle trips always looking for the next adventure.
Mary was an elementary classroom teacher and music specialist for more than thirty years. Accompanying has also been an important part of her musical activities. She directed and accompanied her own elementary school choirs throughout her teaching career. At present she is the accompanist for the choir at St Gerard’s Catholic Church, and has accompanied for Mount Royal Kantorei since 2013. Mary enjoys the opportunity to enrich her musical experiences through learning new and challenging music with Mount Royal Kantorei.