A “a rapidly rising star in the Canadian choral scene” (Anacrusis), Chronos Vocal Ensemble was founded in 2013 by Jordan Van Biert. Through a process of collaborative learning with careful preparation and dedication to the choral tradition, the choir aims to deliver compelling performances in Edmonton and beyond. The singers come from diverse backgrounds, professions, and ages, but each possesses a high level of musicianship and strong vocal technique. The ensemble has delighted audiences in Edmonton and the surrounding area, and performed by invitation at distinguished events including the University of Alberta Alumni Centennial, Alberta Music Conference, and Podium 2016. In 2015 the choir was awarded the Healey Willan Grand Prize in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. The choir has released two successful recordings, most recently The Simplest Way: The music of Trent Worthington. In November 2016, the choir was given a Performance Award by the City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence for bringing recognition to Edmonton.
Over the past decade, Jordan Van Biert has emerged as a respected choral leader and organization builder in Edmonton, uniting singers in the common goal of creating rich musical experiences—for themselves, for each other, and for audiences. A graduate of the University of Alberta and The King’s University, Jordan is an experienced conductor of many ensemble types, a passionate educator, and an accomplished singer, having performed extensively with professional choirs in Alberta and beyond. In summer of 2016 he was one of a group of international conductors selected to conduct the Stuttgart Chamber Choir in performance as part of a masterclass with Frieder Bernius. Jordan founded Chronos Vocal Ensemble in 2013 to pursue excellence in choral performance within the context of a nonprofessional ensemble. His work with the choir has been recognized with a nomination as Emerging Artist in Edmonton’s Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, and he recently received the Con Spirito award from Choir Alberta, for “spirit, dedication, and commitment to choral music in the Province of Alberta.