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Artio is noted for being "Calgary's Premier exponent of collaborative, experimental choral theatre." - Stephan Bonfield (Calgary Herald)

The name Artio is derived from the Celtic word for "bear," and was the name of a Gallo-Roman goddess who often took the form of a bear. She represented creative, bold and emergent abundance — all qualities that describe the singers who make up Mount Royal Artio and what they do.

Artio specializes in choral music that is distinct, demanding, diverse and innovative. They explore a variety of genres from early music through to innovative creations being crafted by today’s composers. They re-imagine and re-invent music of the past and embrace the avant-garde music of tomorrow while continually seek to push the boundaries of choral music and performance. In addition Mount Royal Artio has been involved in a number of collaborative events including performing on stage with Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield in 2016 and Tanya Tagaq in 2017.

Mount Royal Artio presents a final choral music performance each year that fuses music with innovative ideas and other art forms — “choral theatre” performances that highlight the season and give audiences exciting new performance presentations that draw upon the talent and imagination of the members.

If you are imaginative and keen to explore music and art in a variety of forms, explore membership in Mount Royal Artio.

Arioso is a member choir of the Mount Royal Choral Association.

Choir Director: Jean-Louis Bleau

 **Early Bird deadline is July 15th

Course CRN Day Date Time Room Fee
Mount Royal Artio (Early Bird)** 90870 Tuesday Sept. 10, 2019 - May 26, 2020 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Nickle Theatre $580
Mount Royal Artio 90171 Tuesday Sept. 10, 2019 - May 26, 2020 6:30 - 9:00 p.m Nickle Theatre $630

*Note: Fees prorated if joining in Winter Term 2020.


For new students, you will need create a log in ID and PIN

For existing students, you can log in directly through the "Register Now" button. 


Join Us

Audition Interview

The purpose of the audition interview is to give us a chance to hear your voice and reserve your spot in the ensemble. Come prepared to sing a familiar song (O Canada, Happy Birthday, or any well-known hymn or tune), and to talk about music, other artistic activities, the types of music you like, and your musical goals. We love to explore and find opportunities for our members to share their particular talents and to help shape the group and the music we select for performances

Preliminary Auditions

August 27, 2019 - 4 - 6 p.m. - to make an appointment, please call 403.440.6920 or email.

Open Rehearsals

Interested singers are welcome to join the choir for one of the following open rehearsals. This provides potential choristers an opportunity to meet other members of the choir, get a feel for the group and the music we sing, and have fun singing with the Mount Royal Artio.

Winter Term

  • Tuesday, January 7, 2020
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Mount Royal Choral Association 

 The Mount Royal Choral Association is a parent and volunteer run organization that supports and helps facilitate enrichment programming for all of Mount Royal's children and youth choral programs.

Mount Royal Choral Association Chorister Registration Form

Mount Royal Choral Association Artio Handbook

Mount Royal Choral Association Volunteer Handbook

Upcoming Concerts 2019/2020

Talk to us

If you need a hand registering or have a question about our programs, we would love to help you!