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McDougall United Church Choir

Who We Are and What We Do

The choirs at McDougall have a long history of making wonderful music in this historic church.

Today, our choir is non-auditioned and made up of ordinary people who sing extraordinary music.  Some members are professional singers, some just sing for the love of it. Some read music, some don’t.  All take pleasure in creating wonderful music

Their repertoire has evolved over the years.  In the earlier times, they sang mostly classical music.  These days, they sing a wide variety of music:

  • Classical from several periods
  • Spirituals
  • Contemporary
  • World Music
  • Gospel

No matter the genre, the music is rich in heritage and contemporary in style.


Our Music Leaders

Director of Music & Conductor

Jen McMillanKimberley McMann
B.Mus. Dalhousie University, Vocal Performance
M.Mus. University of Alberta, Choral Conducting

Email Kimberley McMann




Elsie HooverElsie Hoover
ARCT, Performance

Email Elsie Hoover



Guest Musicians

In addition to our Bösendorfer grand piano and organ, we introduce a variety of instruments and engage guest musicians to enhance our music and worship during the year.

Popular guest contributors have been Doug Berner on trumpet; John McCormick, percussionist; Pergolessi Brass; Bill Damur, flautist; Don Rose on guitar; members of the Strathcona String Quartet. We have also used violin, African drums, xylophone and marimba to add texture and colour to our music and Sunday worship.


Community Musical Events

For a full visual summary of dates and times of upcoming Public Music Concerts & Events, please see our Events Calendar.

McDougall United Church is one of the most popular concert venues in the City throughout the year. We are host to dozens of concerts, choirs, musicians and artists, music competitions, and special public events, both local, national and international.

As a venue, McDougall Church was the precursor to the Jubilee Auditorium and the Winspear Centre for Music. The acoustics in the church sanctuary are outstanding and have allowed for many breathtaking concerts over the decades.

We are able to seat 1,000 people, which includes the main floor and balcony and are fully accessible. For rental information, please Rentals.

Our resident choirs and performance artists include:

  • Kokopelli Choirs
  • McDougall Concert Association, Music Wednesdays at Noon


Christmas Music at Noon

Come Home to Christmas

McDougall Church hosts a series of FREE noon hour concerts in December that we call “Come Home to Christmas.”

Amidst the splendour of the poinsettias, Christmas trees and lights, we offer Christmas carols, a featured musical artist, hot apple cider, cookies, and coffee from Starbucks for the downtown crowd and the community. Bring your lunch and join us!

As well, we are mindful of the needs of the wider community and raise funds by donation at these noon time concerts for the School Lunch Program run by E4C (formerly Edmonton City Centre Church Corporation).

These noon hour concerts are generously sponsored by individual and corporate donors. This year's concerts are... (Find more info on our News page.)



New Year's Eve Concert

New Years Eve

It is an annual tradition that McDougall Church opens its doors on New Year's Eve (December 31) for a FREE evening of music and entertainment.

Click here for poster (PDF)



Music Wednesdays at Noon

Presented by the McDougall Concert Association

For a listing of upcoming Music Wednesdays Performances, please see our Current Schedule.

The McDougall Concert Association is in it’s 38th season of presenting outstanding artists in a FREE concert series during the Fall and Winter seasons.

The events are held in the Banquet Hall (lower level) of McDougall United Church and run from approximately 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. This is a bring-your-lunch event. Coffee and tea are available.

These concerts began in 1979, and since the beginning have been made possible through the work of volunteers, many private donors, the Edmonton Musicians’ Association, the Music Performance Trust Fund, and McDougall United Church.


Worship your God with Gladness

This page provides a general overview of musical opportunities at McDougall Church. See also our Events Calendar.

Choir Rehearsals

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Choir Section Leaders

Merrill TannerSoprano
Merrill Tanner
B.Mus. Voice Performance
M.Mus. Voice Performance

Gloria WanAlto
Gloria Wan




Kent SutherlandTenor
Kent Sutherland
B.Ed. University of Alberta
B.Mus. University of Alberta

Sidney M'sahelBass
Sidney M'Sahel



Public Event Schedule

See also our Events Calendar

Spring Schedule

Kiwanis Gala Festival Gala
Sunday, April 9 – 3 p.m.

Kiwanis Music Festival
Tuesday, April 18 – 21
Times vary
Sunday, April 23 – 2:30 p.m.

Kokopelli Choirs
Saturday, May 6 – 7 p.m.

Edmonton Young Voices
Sunday, May 7 – 3 p.m.

Cantilon Choir
Sunday, May 14 – 3 p.m.

Strathcona High School Band
Tuesday, May 16 – 7 p.m.

Alberta Music Festival
Sunday, May 28 to 31
Times vary

Edmonton International Choral Festival (Pro Coro)
Friday, June 2 – 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 3 – 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 4 – 1 – 10:30 p.m.

Richard Eaton Singers
Saturday, June 10 – 7:30 p.m.


Music Wednesdays Schedule

See also our Events Calendar

Fall Schedule TBA

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