The Calgary String Collective

Classical, and a little outside the box

Concerts & Events

The Calgary String Collective's Spring Concert is postponed indefinitely.

We look forward to playing for you again when restrictions on public gatherings have been lifted.

Thank you to our audience for making our debut concert in December, 2019 such a success.

Photo credits: Lily Wong


Spring Concert Programme 2020

Chacony in G minor, William Purcell

Concerto for two violins, cello, and strings in D minor, Op. 3, No. 11 RV 565, Antonio Vivaldi

Capriol Suite, Peter Warlock


Libertango, Astor Piazzolla

La Cumparsita, Gerardo Matos Rodriguez

Oblivion for Violin Solo and String Orchestra, Astor Piazzolla, arr. Robert Longfield 

Fuga y misterio, Astor Piazzolla

Prairie Dances, Giuseppe Zabaglione


Workshops and Master Classes are planned for each semester. Non-CSC players are welcome to participate. 

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We are now accepting registrations for the Calgary String Collective's (CSC)
2020 Winter/Spring session
Registration form.pdf

Start date January 8, 2020, every Wednesday evening, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 17 weeks

Spring Concert
Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Woodcliff United Church
5010 Spruce Drive SW

Contact us for more info


"The Calgary String Collective" - come play with us!

We are a NEW amateur string orchestra for intermediate to advanced players based in Calgary Alberta Canada that is completely "player managed" hence the "clever" name!

Our group consists of players that have played together in different ensembles and music camps over the years... Blue Arch Strings, Baroque & Busking (Elisa Janz), Civic, Ambrose, Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra, WCAMS summer camps, Mountainside chamber music retreat, Shivering Strings to name a few. We are a "collective" of accomplished players, adults that started learning instruments later in life and players that are revisiting their instruments after a period of inactivity! In fact, some of our current players have played together in the Calgary Youth Orchestra way back :)

Playing music have forged friendships and a sense of community over the years and we hope that you will join us in making this coming season an awesome one!

"Classical and a little outside the box"

Our tag line is representative of the music we have played together in the past - baroque (a lot of Vivaldi - Elisa's favourite!), classical, new works written for us by Tim Janz, John Abram and Arthur Bachman, Celtic music arranged by Elisa Janz, tangos, and more.

In addition, we have also collaborated with choirs like the German Canadian Male Chorus of Calgary and performed with guest soloists (violin, cello, flute, guitar, lute, harpsichord etc) as well as singers - our favourite being Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. We are also fortunate to have worked with Linda Melsted ( in many workshops through the years. She is a brilliant baroque violinist, an inspiring and passionate musician with a great sense of humour and a lover of cats. That goes a long way in our books :), and of course, the bow in our logo goes beyond the boundaries of the box!! So in essence, we will play anything as long as we play together!

We are delighted to welcome Robert Penner as our Music Director and look forward to this collaboration.

Rehearsals are scheduled on Wednesday evenings at Woodcliff United Church, 5010 Spruce Drive SW, Calgary, Alberta ( Our Winter/Spring season will start on January 8, 2020.

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Music Director

Robert Penner

Robert was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, began playing the violin at the age of nine, and in orchestras a year later. His professional career includes three years as Assistant Concertmaster of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and 32 years a member of the first violin section of the Calgary Philharmonic. He holds a B. Mus. from Brandon University where he studied with the late Francis Chaplin. Robert is also a baroque music specialist, having studied with Jean Lamon, Stanley Ritchie, and Mark Destrubé. He has performed with the internationally acclaimed Tafelmusik and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra.

Robert also has extensive chamber music experience. He was a founding member of the Kensington Sinfonia and the Zabaglione String Quartet, with which he performed throughout Alberta. Cellist Tom Megee is a frequent collaborator, and the duo have played numerous concerts through the CPO’s Outreach and Education programs for children and seniors in Calgary. Robert continues to play in a number of other chamber ensembles.

Retired from orchestral performance since 2015, Robert has devoted himself to teaching and coaching violinists of all levels. He gives masterclasses through a broad range of repertoire and is a continuing coach of the Calgary Community String Orchestra, where he also coaches small ensembles. He continues to pass his expertise and love of music to new generations of musicians through adjudicating string classes for various music festivals around Alberta, as well as coaching the annual Youth Orchestra Symposium in Banff. He is Music Director of the Calgary String Collective, a string orchestra for adult amateur musicians.

Robert’s mission is to bring joy through music with compassion, insight, generosity, and his signature good humor.

Contact Us


Please fill in the attached form. You can scan or take a picture of the completed form and email it to us at

CSC Registration Form Winter/Spring 2020.pdf