MELUDIA – The Ultimate Ear Training Experience

January 15, 2018  |  Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Public  |  No Comments

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) has entered into a unique partnership with the French web-based music-learning platform, Meludia. Starting on December 6, 2017 and for a period of one year, unlimited access to the Meludia web platform of 625 interactive music learning exercises will be made available free of charge to every resident and visitor in Canada, a gift to the nation by the CPO and its Music Director, Rune Bergmann, who have made it their mission to encourage and nurture music literacy in Canada. The CPO wants to enrich the concert experience for all Canadians by fostering deeper engagement in music.

Meludia develops your ability to listen and understand music through fun and progressive exercises. Its innovative approach covers melody, harmony, rhythm, and so much more, all without the need for scores or tedious analysis.

Anyone with a Canadian IP address can log into and enter the program free of charge until December 5, 2018. Canadians will benefit from the fun and interactive learning exercises offered on the platform. By using the platform just 15-minutes a day four days per week, a beginner should complete the ‘Discovery’ module in three months, the ‘Intermediate’ module in six months, and the ‘Advanced’ module in 12 months.

Cochrane Arts Community Meeting January 22, 2018

January 14, 2018  |  Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Public  |  No Comments

Evelyn Marinoski has distributed the following message and invitation.

Nine and a half years ago I started Arts Cochrane which later became ACFC. Seven or eight months later, because of my husband’s health, I ended up bowing out – for what I first hoped would just be for a while, but which ended up being nine years later.

When I finally had a chance to go looking for ACFC again last fall, I discovered that they had disbanded in early 2017. I found that surprising because I know from my past experience with the arts here in Cochrane that this is a pretty amazing arts community.

Cochrane Arts Founded in October 2017

After some thought and making some calls, I decided to start another arts group. I still believe strongly that Cochrane needs an arts council/organization. So at the beginning of October 2017, I launched the Cochrane Arts website and started getting word out.

We held a get-acquainted meeting in early December and I was very pleased with the caliber of people who came out to show interest in this. Others that I have met with in person have also shown a keen interest in this, so I think there is a great opportunity here.

Cochrane Arts January 22 2018 MeetingArts Community Meeting – Jan 22

We have now scheduled an arts community meeting for Monday, January 22 at 7:00 pm at Studio West. At this meeting I hope to get a good sense of where people want to go with the arts here in Cochrane, and to start putting together an arts council.

Your Invitation

  1. I would very much like to invite all of you to join Cochrane Arts. For the time being that is free – simply sign up on the website. That includes a free listing in the Directories – you will get the information for that when you sign up. You will also get the weekly newsletter to keep people informed of what is going on with the arts and any other updates I get.
  2. You are also invited to come to the Arts Community meeting on January 22.

I hope to get to meet and know many of you in the days to come.

Creatively Yours,

Evelyn Grace Marinoski

Clubhouse Art Walk January 2018

January 10, 2018  |  Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Public  |  No Comments

Art-Walk-poster-Jan-2018The Town of Cochrane presents:
ClubHouse ArtWalk
at the Clubhouse Activity Centre
Saturday, January 13
10am – 2pm
Rain or Shine
Free Admission

ClubHouse ArtWalk will include a Studio West Bronze Foundry outdoor sculpture garden, local artists show and sale, with an ArtWalk map to take you through Cochrane’s downtown to the various Bronze Statues and finally to the Foundry itself that will have doors open to the public at the same time.

Click here for the Clubhouse Artwalk Map

Calling all artists! Want to participate? Register at  or call 403-851-2534

CMS Christmas Concert 2017

December 10, 2017  |  Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Public  |  No Comments

Christmas Concert 2017 Our Christmas Concert is in just as few days! We’re excited to try out a new venue – the Bow Valley Baptist Church.

Be sure to remind your friends to pack a Food Bank donation and come to enjoy our Music of Christmas.
54 West Aarsby Road

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West Valley Winds Workshop 2018

December 5, 2017  |  Concert Band, Jazz Band, Public  |  No Comments

Join your musical friends at the 13th Annual West Valley Winds Workshop held in beautiful Canmore March 2,3  2018!

The Event
The workshop runs two concert bands: Dolce (Grade 3-4) and Vivace (Grade 4.5-5).

The entire workshop (Friday evening and all day Saturday) will be held in full ensembles under the direction of our guest conductors, Dr. Lawrence Stoffel (California State University, Northridge) and Dr. Michael Keddy (University of Victoria).

After the Friday evening sight reading session, everyone is invited to the Canmore Golf & Curling Club dining room for a closed party featuring our own jazz jam. Our rhythm section will lay down the beat and all are welcome to join in or simply listen and socialize with friends.

Saturday rehearsals will run from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Coffee breaks (with delicious snacks) are provided and everyone goes out to find lunch at any of the terrific Canmore eateries. The workshop will conclude with an informal concert at 5:00pm. For those who are having too much fun to stop, we’ll go out for supper together!

Cost: Just $60!
Click here for full information and registration form
Register soon! This is a popular workshop and space is limited.

A group block of hotel accommodations has been arranged for the workshop. Reservation details are on the registration form.

If you can’t attend the full workshop, drop in to the free concert to join in the fun and hear some great music!

Come and enjoy this fun and challenging weekend workshop!

Foothills Brass November 11 Concert

November 5, 2017  |  Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Public  |  No Comments

JOIN Foothills Brass Quintet in concert for an entertaining mix of swing, blues and
Foothills Brass Nov 11 Concert latin fire that recalls the struggles, victories and rebuilding of the 1940s.

Saturday November 11 2017  7:30pm
Scarboro United Church
134 Scarboro Ave SW, Calgary

Showcasing music of the bands from Ellington to Prima to Miller, songs from Ella Fitzgerald and Cole Porter, and a piano tribute to Count Basie! With well-known Calgary artists Allison Lynch on vocals, Mark Limacher at the piano, and an outstanding trio of young singers (Kate Stevens, Izzy Zenglitzky,Tyra Sanderson as The Andrews Sisters!)

Tickets $20, $15 Student/Senior, $40 Family
To reserve tickets call 403-508-2225 or email