Calgary Civic Symphony
The Calgary Civic Symphony is a community orchestra made up of amateur musicians. Many hold down full time jobs in careers not directly related to the performing arts, while others are professional musicians, music teachers, and former members of the Calgary Philharmonic. Our common purpose is to make music.
The “Civic”, as it is commonly referred to, is dedicated to performing serious symphonic repertoire. Each year, the orchestra presents a series of five main concerts. The orchestra will also perform educational and community concerts throughout Calgary and near by.
Forty years ago in 1975, the late music director Kenneth Nielsen invited local retired professional musicians to form a volunteer-based community orchestra. This was the birth of the “Orchestra Society of Calgary” which had an initial membership of 38 musicians.
In 1985, the executive of the orchestra decided to make a distinction between its main governing fund-raising body, the “Orchestra Society of Calgary”, and its performing branch the “Calgary Civic Symphony”. This allowed members of the community who were interested in cultural activities, but were not artists themselves, to become active members of the organization.
Today our Civic has grown to over 100 members (60-70 on stage) who come from all walks of life. We rehearse once a week and invest in individual practice time to produce five amazing concerts every season.
The Civic also organizes, executes, and features winners of the Calgary Concerto Competition (C3) each year as an opportunity for young musicians to perform with the orchestra. Additionally, with the desire of creating exciting and inspiring projects and making new friends, the orchestra frequently collaborates with Calgary artists and organizations.