History of the Edmonton Chamber Music Society
In the Beginning, 1954–1962
In 1954, Richard Eaton and Dorothie Langmo sounded out other local musicians about forming a group for the performance and enjoyment of chamber music in Edmonton. Receiving an enthusiastic response, they formed a four-person executive committee with Dorothie as president, and the Edmonton Chamber Music Society was born.
The new group did not lack for ambition, declaring their programs “will feature a variety of complete chamber works, such as sonatas, trios, string quartets, woodwind and brass ensembles and some unique combinations, such as four cellos – all directed toward building orchestral chamber works in concerti grossi.”
The first concert was presented in the University of Alberta’s Convocation Hall on January 20, 1955. Two more concerts followed that winter at a price of $1 for all three, and free for students. By the third concert, the series attracted an audience of about 100 and a review in the Edmonton Journal. From the second season on, five concerts were presented at a cost of $2.50, free for students. Sponsorship by the University provided free use of Convocation Hall.
Excerpt from notes by Renate von Koenigsloew, longtime Historian of the ECMS; A Passion for Music: A biography of Richard S. Eaton, by Margaret C. Matheson (Edmonton: Spotted Cow Press, 2001); and articles in the Edmonton Journal.
Past Presidents of the Edmonton Chamber Music Society
|G.T. (Ted) Lindskoog||1959/1960–1961/1962|
|H.D. (Toby) Smith||1962/1963|
|Russell Nye, Robert Stangeland||1965/1966|
|G.A. (Gerry) Mulhall||1972/1973–1973/1974|
|Dorcas Fulton, Karen Fingas||2013/2014|