Erica Phare-Bergh, Artistic Director
Erica Phare-Bergh obtained her M. Mus. in Choral Conducting from McGill University (1994). A native of Montreal, Phare-Bergh formerly conducted the Vanier College Choirs and the McGill Conservatory Choirs. Her choirs have performed in festivals both nationally and internationally. In Calgary, she has directed the William Aberhart High School Choirs, Westwinds Green Choir, and the Rocky Mountain College Choirs and currently teaches music with the Calgary Board of Education. She has been on many juries including ChoralFest North, was the guest conductor for the 10th Anniversary of the CBC-McGill Youth Gala and a presenter at MCA in 2014. In 2008, She spear-headed the Montreal première of Oratorio Terezin, a large-scale work involving 270 performers at Place-des-Art. She moved from Montreal to Cochrane, Alberta in 2010. She and her husband, Rick, have a company called, A Song with Every Story, which incorporates both original songs and classical music into children’s stories.
Gavin Caldwell, Accompanist
Gavin has been collaborating with singers, choirs, and instrumentalists in Calgary for the better part of 20 years. He especially loves working with high school students, and has been directing the same folk choir at St. Pius X catholic church for over a decade - and they come back every week! His days are filled with music - arranging, composing, listening, playing, teaching, and writing - and spending time with his wife, Sarah and their cat, Tigra (and Sarah’s parents, who live upstairs). He both lives in a basement and believes that art is an outlet; not in the sense that it leaves us and then just empties into the Great Wide Something, but in the sense that, as artists, we plug into the creative forces of the universe and then are required to light up with our gifts to illuminate those around us and the world. We bring the light.