About Mount Royal Kantorei

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).

Repertoire List 2014 - 2018

Berliner Mass

Mozart Requiem

Cadman Requiem

Daley Requiem

Vivaldi Gloria

Sunrise Mass

Mahler’s 2nd Symphony

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Faure Requiem

Scriabin's First Symphony

When David Heard



I Was Glad

The Blue Bird


Jesus Christ the Apple

The Snow

In Remembrance from Requiem

Festival "Te Deum"

A Christmas Carol

O Come All Ye Faithful

Hallelujah (Funk Version)

The Snow

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Joy To the World

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Hallelujah Chorus

There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth

O Magnum Mysterium

Ding Dong Merrily on High

I Wonder as I Wander

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

In The Bleak Midwinter



What Child Is This

Lux Aurumque

12 Days of Christmas

O Magnum Mysterium

The Heavens Are Telling


Animal Crackers Vol I

Lux Aurumque

Seal Lullaby

Sicut Cervus

A Boy and a Girl

Gloria in D RV 587

Waving Flag

Two Shades of Autumn

Northern Lights

Luminous Night of the Soul

Mik'Maq Honour Song

Agnus Dei

Zadok the Priest

There Shall A Star from Jacob

Lux Aurumque 


Gloria - Randol Bass     

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

What Child Is This

Loch Lomond

Amor de Mi Alma

A Boy and A Girl

Ubi Cartias - Durufle

Ubi Caritas - Gjeilo

Hallelujah (Cohen)

Five Hebrew Love Songs

Seal Lullaby

Four Choruses from the Song of Solomon

I Love My Love


Bridge Over Troubled Water

Charpentier Magnificat (Doxologie

Jesus Ahahtonyah - Huron Carol

Deck the Halls in 7/8

I Wonder as I Wander

The Splendid Line

O Canada

Peace My Heart - Emery

Barrett's Privateers

Log Driver's Waltz

Three Alberta Cowboy Songs

A la Volette

Rise Up My Fair One

Feller from Fortune

We Rise Again

Four Strong Winds

Ave Maria

Gloria - Hummel


Distant Land

Epilogue from Hodie


Beautiful City

Feller from Fortune

True Colors

And Einstein Said

Apple Pie

Northern Lights

Hence Stars too Dim of Light

Earth Song

I Am Voyager

Cells Planets


Halo Chant

O Fortuna

Double Trouble

Gabriel's Oboe


One Winged Angel

Man of Constant Sorrow

Agnus Dei

Baba Yetu

Ride of the Valkyrie

Song of the Dragonborn

In Noctem


Dry Your Tears, Afrika

Duel of the Fates

John Morgan

Artistic Director

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 Buckley


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.

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4825 Mount Royal Gate SW                   T: 403.440.6832

Calgary, AB T3E 6K6                               kantorei@mtroyal.ca