Kathryn Berko, B.Mus., B. Ed.
As a native Calgarian, Kathryn Berko continues to be active in the city’s choral scene. While growing up she was involved with the Calgary Children’s Choir, the Mount Royal Youth Choir, Ad Libitum Vocal Arts Ensemble, and the University of Calgary Chamber Singers. She has completed her Bachelor of Music in Education as well as her Bachelor of Education, both from the University of Calgary.
After marrying a Calgary Boys’ Choir Alumnus, she decided to become involved with the choir. Now in her sixteenth season with the Calgary Boys’ Choir, she has fulfilled all roles, with the exception of General Manager. Ms. Berko continues to instruct many youth in music throughout the city. On top of her time with CBC, she is a director with the Calgary Children’s Choir, the Canadian Martyrs Youth Choir, teaches with the Calgary Catholic School District and has a private home piano studio. She has completed her Kodály Level 2 certification.
All Thanks to Our Staff
We are extremely proud of our staff. Each artistic staff member is an accomplished musician in his or her own right, and has many years working with children in educational and musical endeavours.
Erin MacLean-Berko, MA
A native of Saskatchewan, Erin MacLean-Berko attended the University of Regina, studying Vocal Performance with Lynn Channing. After relocating to Calgary, she completed her Diploma in Vocal Performance at Mount Royal University, under the direction of Dawn Johnson. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music History from the University of Calgary with an emphasis on vocal music, theory, and music and gender, and her Master of Arts in Musicology, from the University of Regina under Dr. Pauline Minevich.
Ms. MacLean-Berko is the General Manager for the Calgary Boys’ Choir Society and the Spiritus Chamber Choir of Calgary. She continues to participate in solo projects, vocal ensembles, conducts a community children’s choir, and is a member of ARMTA with her private, home-based voice studio. She contributes research to Calgary’s Military Museums, has assisted and participated in conferences and symposiums on such subjects as “Soundscapes” and “Queer Theory,” and was the research assistant for the Canada Research Chair in Interactive Media and Performance.
Elizabeth Garrett fell in love with choral music at an early age, singing in her grade school choir. High school brought her to Cawthra Park School for the Arts in Mississauga, Ontario, where she continued singing in vocal ensembles while taking courses in Theatre, Dance, Musical Theatre, and Photography.
Elizabeth received an academic scholarship to attend the Fine Arts Studies degree program at York University, where her major focused on the interplay between arts disciplines and culture, politics and history. During her studies she was accepted into the Classical Voice Performance courses and sang with the York U. Chamber choir. She also started and was first president of the York U. Fine Arts Studies Student Association.
Since moving to Calgary, she has sung with a number of groups including Spiritus and Fresh Blend Acapella.
Previous arts work experience includes Marketing Coordinator positions at Calgary Opera and the CPO. After taking time away to raise children, Elizabeth is thrilled to be back in arts administration and working with Calgary Boys’ Choir.
Kari Orosz, BA (Arch), BA (Hist)
Kari Orosz was born and raised on a farm in rural Saskatchewan. She hails from a musical family and grew up singing and playing any instrument within reach. She began studying piano at age five and started working as a church accompanist at age eleven, a profession in which she has continued ever since. Kari is the organist for St Thomas United Church in Calgary and has been a part of their music team since 2005; there she accompanies two choirs, plays in the orchestra and guitar group, and enjoys providing a wide variety of music for their congregation during their Sunday services.
While the piano is her primary instrument, Kari is a true multi-instrumentalist. She plays pipe organ & electric organ as well as an antique pump organ that she inherited from her family in Muskoka. She studied trumpet for years and was a member of the Saskatchewan Provincial Honour Band. She loves playing a wide variety of instruments and has taught herself how to play guitar, autoharp, double bass, pennywhistle and bodhran. Kari is also a singer and she has sung alto & soprano in many choirs over the years, including the Saskatoon Symphony Chorus and the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus. She received her Grade 10 Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2003 and holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Archaeology & History from the University of Calgary.
During the COVID-19 pandemic when musicians faced the unique challenge of making and sharing music safely, Kari expanded her skills into the virtual space. She borrowed microphones & mixers and learned how to make recordings and do sound editing, and this opened up an entirely new realm of musical possibilities. She has since made hundreds of solo recordings and has compiled many virtual pieces for her fellow singers and instrumentalists.