The Edmonton Chamber Music Society


A Message from the President

The Edmonton Chamber Music Society is nearing its 65th Anniversary, having begun by earnest volunteers in 1954. The ranks of the volunteers may have changed through the years, but not the vision, which is to further the understanding and appreciation of chamber music and to present world-class chamber artists on Edmonton stages.

Our coming 2018/19 Season is a very special one: major artists we've loved in seasons past are returning and some new performers appear as well. Vox Luminis, The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, The London Haydn Quartet, Tafelmusik, and the Juilliard String Quartet make up the main stage season.

Again this June, we celebrate the good weather with our Summer Solstice Music Festival. This year we have added an Amateur Chamber Music Workshop for Edmonton players the week before. It promises fun, insight, and a great preparation for the Festival itself.

As a lover of classical music, you will already appreciate that developing new audiences is very important. In a hectic world, the essential beauty of chamber music can be a real grounding experience. ECMS believes in encouraging young musicians by offering:

  • Special admission prices for music students (e.g., YONA-Sistema, Music Enrichment Program)
  • Free Master Classes with renowned teachers and international artists
  • Scholarships and performance opportunities for more advanced players

2016 Scholarship recipient Gabrielle Gagnon-Picard
“I want to thank ECMS for awarding me the 2016 Scholarship which not only helped me financially, but also gave me a valuable concert stage experience in front of a live audience early in my performance career.” –Gabrielle Gagnon-Picard

2017 Scholarship recipient Jacob Kryger
“As a developing percussionist, the 2017 scholarship was very beneficial and allowed me to perform as a soloist in a professional setting.” –Jacob Kryger

Our concert attendance and generous donations can ensure chamber music – and our young musicians – thrive into the future. Monthly and one-time donations may be made online through Canada Helps or by adding your donation to the season subscription renewal form.

And again, thank you for your commitment to chamber music in Edmonton. We sincerely hope you join us for the Festival and the season’s concerts.

Karen Fingas | President, on behalf of the Board
Edmonton Chamber Music Society

Thank you to our sponsors:

Edmonton Community Foundation Edmonton Arts Council Alberta Foundation for the Arts The City of Edmonton Canadian Heritage  CKUA

Please note that all concerts are subject to change without notice.