About - OUR TEAM

Artistic Team

 


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Artistic Director:

Brian Bowman

Brian is originally from Edmonton, where he grew up and attended University. He moved to Calgary in 1991 and achieved his Assoc. of Music in Piano Performance from the Western Board of Music, followed by a BComm and CFRE in Business (Marketing) from the University of Alberta.

Brian developed his career in arts administration with the Calgary Boys Choir and the Youth Singers of Calgary before moving into fund development. He launched ARC in 2003 after founding Second Chants, a division of Youth Singers of Calgary. He is currently the Director of Alumni & Development at SAIT and was recently awarded the Con Spirito Award by the Alberta Choral Federation in 2017.

The most exciting thing for Brian is the opportunity to create a high quality performance arts experience for adults within a recreational choir community. The outstanding people of ARC inspire him every day. Music is Brian's passion:

“It fuels my soul. Music in a choral context is really about creating community – using the human voice to bring people together, to share a common purpose, to make the world a better place.”

Brian has many favourite pieces of music. Of the songs performed by ARC, he highlights “Fire and Rain”, “Alice” and “Somebody to Love”.
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Director:

Torri Airhart

Torri was born and raised in Yellowknife, NWT. He grew up in a very musical family where both his parents were involved in singing and playing piano/organ on a weekly basis. Torri started piano lessons at the age of 4 and that remained one of his greatest passions up until University. He attended University of Manitoba for his undergrad degrees (B of Music/ B of Ed), during which he was actively involved in numerous vocal groups (University Singers, Bison Men's Chorus, VocalEase) where he also developed a keen passion for Vocal Jazz.

After University, Torri spent 7 years as a full-time worship pastor in Winnipeg and Minneapolis. Upon returning to Canada, he received a Masters in Music (Choral Conducting) from the University of Calgary where he studied for two years under Malcolm Edwards. Alongside his studies, Torri became involved in the Calgary Choral scene, holding positions with Youth Singers of Calgary, The Savridi Singers, and was a founding director of Harmony through Harmony. During this time, his day job included building a music program that included concert band, jazz band, choir and vocal jazz that won multiple awards at local, national and international competitions. He has also been an adjudicator and clinician for Westwinds and Three Hills Musicale.

Torri is excited to join ARC and work with an amazing group of singers and staff people - and to be a part of the new chapter in ARC's next 20 year history!

Torri's musical tastes are incredibly varied - classic rock, pop, Broadway, jazz, and even some occasional modern country! But the two most frequent “go to” stations would be Bach or Jazz.
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Accompanist:

Reina Gomez

Coming soon...
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Accompanist:

Garrett Krause

Garrett is a born and raised Calgarian, who began his musical training at a young age through the singing-based Kodály music program at Mount Royal. He sang in children's choirs before switching to focus on playing the piano from junior high onward. As well as attaining his piano performance ARCT he studied music composition at the University of Calgary and is a national award-winning composer.

He enjoys working as an accompanist, especially with choirs like ARC, because of the chance to collaborate and be a part of a group and community of excited people who are all there to share their love of music. He believes that music has such a strong power to unite people and connect all our emotions and powerfully tell stories.

Garrett loves pretty much all music: from early medieval chants to modern avante-garde orchestral pieces, film scores, pop and rock. A long-time favorite song of his is Tusk by Fleetwood Mac.
 

Administration Team

 


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Executive Director:

Brenda Giroux

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Born in Regina, SK, Brenda and her family made Calgary their permanent home in 1980, after years of moving back and forth due to her Dad's job.

Brenda graduated with a BEd and taught elementary school until taking a career sabbatical in 2000. Re-entering the workforce in 2012, she was hired as Executive Director at a Calgary private school. In the years that followed, Brenda graduated with a MBA in Executive Management from Royal Roads University in 2017 and worked as Executive Director for two additional organizations before joining the ARC team in 2021.

Brenda is excited about the ARC community. She notes that “In the short time I've been with ARC, I've been impressed with the connection, enthusiasm and joy that is realized in this
community.”

Finding it impossible to choose a favorite song, Brenda's go-to genres are classical (thanks to her RCM training) and jazz. Brenda feels that music is the best way to express feelings and emotions. It calms and soothes, it celebrates and motivates, it challenges and encourages growth.

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Business Manager:

Leslie Forward

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A born and raised Calgarian, Leslie has been involved in the arts scene, specifically music (concert/jazz/marching bands), for most of her life. She is a CPA, CGA by day and an avid volunteer by night, supporting various organizations to further arts, education, western culture and overall continue to keep Calgary shining!

She is excited to partner with ARC to not only support their current business needs, but also strategic initiatives to keep the songbirds singing, helping to provide a great space for community building, creative activities and engagement within the city.

The main reason that music is so important to Leslie is her philosophy that individuals do not need to share a common language to understand and communicate with one another when music is involved and it is a large mood shifter. The moment certain songs, such as YMCA, Bohemian Rhapsody, Friends in Low Place and others come across a radio, everyone turns into the best backup singer! Classical and Jazz are usually playing in her home to set a relaxing background atmosphere but nothing is better than country in the car for a long drive!
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Marketing & Communications Coordinator:

Bri Gare

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Bri comes to ARC from a small town in southern Ontario. Moving to Calgary in 2020, she is currently pursuing a Communications degree from the University of Calgary. Studying film and drama as well as media studies brings her great joy and makes her a great fit for the ARC team.

Bri is excited to connect with members of ARC and join the amazing community that has already been so inviting! She is thrilled to support ARC singers with anything and everything, as well as welcome new members to the ranks!

She believes that music is a way to express identity, love, emotion, and passion that can't' be shared any other way. She loves the arts, especially musical theatre, and has a love for any and all Taylor Swift and Gracie Abrams releases (Can you tell she's a Gen Z?)
 
PRODUCTION TEAM


The ARC Production Team manages the delivery of public performance logistics, staging, costuming, properties, backstage management and sets. The Production Team meets regularly during the year to develop the plan in support of the season program requirements. Public performances include Something Christmas, ARC Annual Talent Show & Silent Auction and the popular Year-End Production. Please contact our Artistic Director for exciting volunteer opportunities to become involved with ARC productions. 

CHAIR: 
 
PRODUCTION MANAGER:
Sharon Stiles 

LOGISTICS MANAGER: 
Peter Wolf 

PROPS AND SETS MANAGER:
Sheldon Baranec 

COSTUME MANAGER: 

RECORDER:
Vicki Graham

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE:
Vicki Graham
Rainer Oebels


CHOIR COORDINATORS:
Debbie Goodman: Up2Something, Something Lite
Phyllis Kimpton: Up2Christmas, She's Up2Something and NEW members of ARC

 



COSTUMING TEAM

Costumes are an essential ingredient in all ARC performances and our standards have been set by the creative and spectacular costumes our singers have assembled for themselves over the years. The Costuming Team works with the Artistic Team to develop costume guidelines that complement the repertoire yet also allow for individual expression. For each performance, the Costuming Team conducts costume checks with the goal of achieving a harmonious, unified look for our choirs and enhancing the visual impression of our performances.

COSTUMING MANAGER: 

COSTUMING COORDINATORS:
Stella Arcega
Aileen Lajoie
Judy Murphy





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