Since 1979

About Us

Welcome to the Instrumental Society of Calgary!

For almost 40 years, we have been working to bring together professional musicians from the Calgary area together with the music loving community. Through our seasonal concerts and various community outreach programs, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment for chamber music enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

Join the Instrumental Society of Calgary in our 38th Season to hear the best local musicians in Calgary perform exceptional chamber music.

For the 2017-18 season, the ISC celebrates great music from around the world, including our own Canada, on the occasion of her 150th birthday! Each concert will include at least one Canadian work. We invite you to embrace the ISC experience, presenting the best of area professional musicians performing chamber music in the beauty and fantastic acoustics of our home, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church.

We hope to see you soon!

What’s On

Upcoming Events Presented by ISC

Wind Energy

October 1, 2017 – 3 P.M. Our season opener will feature a number of Calgary Philharmonic wind players and the ISC’s Artistic Director, Rolf Bertsch, in an exciting program featuring a new take on Brahms’ masterpiece, his Piano Quintet in F minor, this time performed with winds. Effervescent and sensuous music of France rounds out […]

Green Bananas

November 5, 2017, 3 P.M. The Green Banana Flutes are always on the hunt to find new and engaging ways for performance and education on the flute. Expand your horizons as you journey from the beautiful, idiomatic and passionate writing of Piazzolla, to the many various techniques and forms of this unique instrumental mix in […]

Canadian Images

January 21, 3 P.M. Founded in 1996, Ensemble Resonance is Calgary’s oldest professional chamber ensemble. Specializing in Canadian repertoire, the ensemble is dedicated to performing works which integrate acoustic and electroacoustic music with multimedia elements. This all-Canadian programme, which the group recently performed in New York’s famed Carnegie Hall, features works with a local connection […]

Duo Solista

December 3, 2017, 3 P.M. Olga Kotova and Dmitry Nesterov have played together since the age of seventeen and call themselves “Duo Solista” to reflect their dedication to being both solo artists and life partners. Their wonderfully varied program includes Richard Strauss’ brilliant and fiendishly difficult Violin Sonata. Performers Olga Kotova, Dmitry Nesterov Programme Francesco Geminiani: […]


Leaning on the Wind, a Foothills Brass original, colorfully tells the story of Southern Alberta with text by award-winning author, poet and mountain man Sid Marty. Hold onto your hats as Foothills Brass and Gianetta Baril, harpist extraordinaire and former ISC Artistic Director, dance through the West playing music like you’ve never heard it before! […]

Penny Sanborn Trio

Following their success in 2016/17, the Penny Sanborn Trio is back! Their chic European sound includes an attractive collection of French musette pieces, Italian folk songs, tango suites and improvised jazz tunes, and their sophisticated yet accessible style will enchant audiences of all ages and tastes.

Great Quartets

As of the nineteenth century, the string quartet has been regarded as the supreme form of chamber music. Beginning with Beethoven, composers wrote string quartets to give expression to their most intimate and powerful personal feelings. This program features two great string quartets written by Beethoven and Shostakovich in the prime of their careers, and […]

Aimez-vous Brahms?

May 27, 2018, 3 P.M. This concert features music of Johannes Brahms, a composer who offers great rewards for both the performer and listener. The artists include one of Canada’s rising stars, Isabella Perron, her mother Johanne Perron, and Krzysztof Jablonski – a not to be missed season finale! Performers Isabella Perron, Johanne Perron, Krzysztof […]

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