About 2018-03-30T04:23:39+00:00

ABOUT US

Who are we?

New West Symphony & Chorus was founded in 2010 by Jonathan & Kristin Schorr.  The now 70 member choir and orchestra began with only 30 members, and has quickly gained recognition throughout Calgary.

They exist to “bless people of all ages through musical performances that inspire them to join us in supporting excellence in choral music, and in meeting the needs of the less fortunate.” 

As a community, they value living with Christ-like behavior, constantly pursuing excellence, and fostering a sense of belonging with their membership and audiences. They uphold honesty and respect, paired with being fun and inspiring others.

Jonathan and Kristin Schorr – NWSC Founders

As an established charitable organization, New West believes in using their platform to help erase poverty by partnering with organizations that serve the less fortunate.  This group of dedicated volunteers will host, on average, 15 concerts per year, performing choral music from sacred and pop genres.

Members of the Board:

  • Joe Essenburg – Chair
  • Marvin Fritzler – Vice-Chair
  • Melanna Heebner – Secretary
  • Ruth Esau
  • Edi Dygert
  • Darryn Werth
  • Judy Yamamoto
  • President & CEO: Leanne Wilkie
  • (Acting) COO: Leanne Wilkie
  • Musical Director: Henric Idestrom (2017-2018)
  • Assistant Musical Director: Chad Utke

Past Musical Directors:

  • Jonathan Schorr (2010-2015)
  • David Klob (2015-2017)

Our Conductor

New West Symphony and Chorus is proud to welcome Henric Idestrom as Interim Musical Director for the 2017-2018 Season.

Henric graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 1995 with a Master of Music in Conducting.  He served as the Senior Worship Pastor at Centre Street Church (CSC) in Calgary, AB (1995-2005) as well as Music Director at Rocky Mountain College (RMC) (1999-2007). In 2007, Henric and his family decided to embark on a new musical journey and moved to New York City.

When Henric moved to NYC, he saw the need for a new kind of group that showcased the diversity of the city, performed with professionalism and enthusiasm, and shared God’s love through music.  He founded The SymphoNYChorus in the summer of 2008.

Henric has inspired loyalty and engagement from his members by challenging them to perform like professionals and introducing new music every season. The chorus and orchestra provides an environment for deep camaraderie to form in a city that can be a rather lonely place. Audiences keep coming back to be energized and inspired by the ever-changing repertoire and enthusiastic performances.  In a city that has it all, Henric brought something new.  

Still loving Calgary, he has graciously joined NWSC for the 2017-2018 season, bringing them new repertoire, new challenges, and inspired performances.

Symphony Members

STRINGS

Bridget McLeod

Viola

Member since 2013.

David Hersey

Cello

Member since 2013.

Enoch Tseng

Violin

Member since 2017.

Leanne Wilkie

Violin

Member since 2010.

Mikayla Benner

Violin

Member since 2015.

Rachel Hersey

Violin

Member since 2013.

Shawn Koslowski

Violin

Member since 2013.

WOODWINDS

Joanne Sampson

Clarinet

Member since 2010.

Lily Lau-Porta

Flute

Member since 2010.

Melanie Dewar

Oboe

Member since 2010.

Scott Regnault

Bassoon

Member since 2012.

BRASS

Jon McInnis

Trumpet

Member since 2014.

Robert Calderwood

French Horn

Member since 2011.

Ron Strem

Trombone

Member since 2010.

Russell Dick

Trumpet

Member since 2016.

Steven Lenz

French Horn

Member since 2015.

Sylvia Polachuck

Trombone

Member since 2017.

RHYTHM & PIANO

Colleen Roller

Piano

Member since 2010.

Jennifer Bodiguel

Piano

Member since 2010.

Gabriel Amaya

Percussion

Member since 2013.

Steven Warren

Percussion

Member since 2012.

Joe Essenburg

Bass Guitar

Member since 2011.

Chorus Members

SOPRANOS

Aimee Bontje

Member since 2011.

Brianna Anderson

Member since 2017.

Carrie Lynne Johnstone

Member since 2010.

Christina Wiebe

Member since 2014.

Connie Albers

Member since 2013.

Desiree Arthur

Member since 2010.

Eve Wollin

Member since 2010.

Gail Thiessen

Member since 2017.

Jackie McLean

Member since 2010.

Kayla Cronk

Member since 2017.

Kristin Waterhouse

Member since 2017.

Laura Jay

Member since 2010.

Madi Lepine

Member since 2016.

Michelle Enns

Member since 2017.

Nicole Warren

Member since 2012.

Rachel Thorne

Member since 2013.

Shannon Plintz

Member since 2013.

Sylvia Brophy

Member since 2010.

Vanessa Calderwood

Member since 2015.

ALTOS

Andrea Elliott

Member since 2013.

Ashley Dueck

Member since 2015.

Aza Butcher

Member since 2015.

Candace Hiebert

Member since 2013.

Cathy Kokot

Member since 2017.

Cindy Zarn

Member since 2016.

CJ Wiseman

Member since 2018.

Dallas Belbeck

Member since 2010.

Evelyn Eisses

Member since 2017.

Jackie Swinton

Member since 2017.

Kristal Chalmers

Member since 2015.

Maureen McAnally

Member since 2016.

Melanna Heebner

Member since 2010.

Nicole Youngash

Member since 2012.

Rose-Anne Bishop

Member since 2010.

Tilly Hiebert

Member since 2017.

TENORS

Charles Arthur

Member since 2010.

Daniel Clarke

Member since 2017.

Darryn Werth
Kieran Osborne

Member since 2013.

Tod Bowen

Member since 2017.

BASSES

Christopher Wiebe

Member since 2012.

Daniel Bontje

Member since 2011.

Jameson DeBruyn

Member since 2010.

Jon Schiedel

Member since 2017.

Kevin Weir

Member since 2010.

Technical Support

Brian Esau

Member since 2010.

JP Waterhouse

Member since 2016.