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Music Ensembles


Ambrose University Singers

The Ambrose University Singers is a mixed ensemble drawn from the Ambrose campus community which meets for rehearsal which meets three hours a week. This is a university course that offers you 1.5 credits for the class. Participants may also opt to join the choir on a non-credit basis. The University Singers normally perform six concerts either on campus or in the Calgary area. There is no formal audition, but it is expected that when a student enters the choir, you will give evidence that you can match pitch (sing in tune and learn a part) and are committed to the rehearsal and performance schedule of the choir. The choir is directed by Mark Bartel, Associate Professor of Music.

For further information, please contact Mark Bartel at 403-407-9477 or via email at

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Ambrose Chamber Orchestra

Ambrose Chamber Orchestra is an instrumental group that rehearses on Thursdays evenings from September to early April. The Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2005 by Dr. Don Quantz and is currently led by Jason Erhardt. The group is open to students and community players, and may or may not be taken for university credit. In past seasons, the Chamber Orchestra has performed works by Dvorak, Bartok, Brahms, Haydn, Beethoven and Wagner and has accompanied student soloists and choral ensembles for their major performances of the year.

A short audition is required and it is recommended that you are able to perform at a Grade 8 RCM or higher level. 

For more information, please contact Barbara de Bruyn at 403-407-9435 or email

Ambrose Jazz Band

The Ambrose Jazz Band is a large ensemble which combines a rhythm section with a twelve piece horn section led by Pat Belliveau.  The group is open to students and community players and may or may not be taken for university credit. The Ambrose Jazz Band meets every Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The group perform a wide variety of Big Band classics plus a selection of modern jazz compositions written for the big band format. The Jazz Band performs twice each term - once on campus and once at The Ironwood

An audition might be required. Good sight reading skills and knowledge of the jazz language is recommended.  

For more info please contact Pat Belliveau via email at

Get Involved in the Ambrose Music Community

We have several opportunities at Ambrose for Community involvement in music ensembles:

  • Chamber Orchestra. Rehearsals are Thursday, 7:30-9:45 p.m. Music fees of $100 per year. Recommended level of Grade 8 RCM or higher. A short audition is required.
  • Jazz Band. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Music fees of $100 per year.

If you would like further information please contact Barb de Bruyn via email at or call 403-407-9435.


Your Ambrose Enrolment Team

We are your main point of contact for admission inquiries, program information and for scheduling campus visits. We are passionate about connecting you with the Ambrose community, and are dedicated to your success as a student.

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.

For all enrolment inquiries contact:

Tel: 403-410-2900
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