“Bringing excellent classical music to High River and surrounding area”

About Us

About the series

The High River Gift of Music Society is a non-profit society that has been bringing excellent classical music to the community of High River since 2009. The diversity of instrumentalists and vocalists—from marimba to piano, from the ancient Chinese pipa to guitar, from choirs to opera singers—opens the doors to the magical world of music. This is music that inspires, music that brings people together, and music that bridges cultures and eras.

Visiting musicians offer outreach programs to school-aged youth in the area. Youth have an incredible opportunity to learn from and be inspired by some of the world’s finest musicians. These unique interactions with musicians and youth give that very direct connection with the artist, the instruments, and the music. Committed to supporting and inspiring youth the series also offers subsidized concert ticket prices for all youth under the age of 18.

These concerts are a celebration of music and community. The combination of an enthusiastic and welcoming audience, generous volunteers, and musicians who communicate their music with passion makes for a magical experience.

Since January 2013, I must have attended at least 50 concerts of classical music in North America and Europe. One of the best happened to be in….High River of all places”

Sudhir Jain letter to the editor, Calgary Herald

Not only does it offer audiences a fantastic variety of classical music from aspiring young musicians to accomplished professionals, it provides a variety of wonderful educational components for the youth in our community.”

Cathy Couey, Councillor, Town of High River

Message from the Artistic Director

Dear Friends,

I would like to invite you to enjoy excellent music and warm friendship in the vibrant Foothills community of High River, Alberta. Discover the rich world of live classical music as renowned local, national, and international pianists, chamber ensembles, vocalists, and choirs perform in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The concerts are a celebration of music and community. The combination of an enthusiastic and welcoming audience, generous volunteers, and musicians who communicate their music with passion makes for a magical experience.

This year, we are thrilled to present another diverse and exciting program; Isabel Bayrakdarian, Gypsies, Tangos and Troubadours; ­Luca Buratto (2015 Honens International Piano Competition Laureate, The Art of the Piano; Proteus Saxophone Quartet, The Joy of Sax; Nikki and Timothy Chooi and Philip Chiu: Violins and Piano, A New Twist; Jack Forestier, violin and Luka Coetzee, cello. Young Musicians Extraordinaire. We will celebrate Christmas with a special concert featuring Spiritus Chamber Choir and the Foothills Brass.

You are the reason we can bring excellent music to High River. We look forward to another wonderful year of music.

Sincerely,

Michèle Wheatley-Brown

Founding Artistic Director, High River Gift of Music Society

High River Gift of Music Society Board

  • President: Leslie Lambert
  • Vice-President: Dolores Coutts
  • Secretary: Lise Mayne
  • Treasurer: Barb Haney
  • Director: Darlene Goodwin
  • Director: Judy Griffiths
  • Director: Sasha Penchuk

Volunteers

Many passionate volunteers give their time and talents to make these concerts such a success.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us. CLICK HERE

History

When High River United Church (HRUC) launched its vision for a new facility, it was clear that music and arts programming would factor significantly into the architectural design.  To that end, High River United Church is able to provide a very high quality venue for world-class musicians.  The sanctuary space allows for a special intimacy between the artists and the audience.  For the listeners, the sound is beautiful and natural—a real joy.  For the musicians, it is a wonderful performance space which supports the qualities of both the human voice and the natural elements of acoustic instruments.  With the generous support of our local Lions Club and in partnership with a number of HRUC donors, we are especially grateful to be able to provide a stunning Yamaha C-7 concert grand piano.

The vision of HRUC has been to provide access to quality arts and music programming for the broader community.  And now, HRUC continues to celebrate the High River Gift of Music Society and its dedicated team of volunteers who are creating a fabulous series of concerts with world-class musicians.

Dear Friends

HRGOM

I would like to invite you to enjoy excellent music and warm friendship in the vibrant foothills community of High River, Alberta. Discover the rich world of live classical music as renowned local, national, and international pianists, chamber ensembles, vocalists, and choirs perform in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Get in touch

Mailing Address
High River Gift of Music Society
Box 5520, High River, AB T1V 1M6

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