A Rock and Pop experience like no other
Cool Choir is a new concept in choirs that takes the traditional classical or community choir experience and injects modern well-known rock and pop songs into the singing experience. Although this choir concept is new to Calgary, it is extremely popular in the U.K with many choirs around the country.
We offer fun weekly rehearsals utilizing well-known hit songs with original vocal arrangements. Cool Choir is a fun and energetic evening out where you’ll meet like-minded individuals with a love for singing – no matter their experience. We sing everything from Queen, Michael Jackson, and Tom Jones to today’s pop artists – Ed Sheerhan, Coldplay, American Authors and much, much more! Unsure if Cool Choir is for you? Book yourself a Free Taster Session and try it without any obligation.
My favourite time of day on a Monday is 7:30pm to 9:30pm when we get to rock out and sing! Sets me straight for the rest of the week! Thanks so much for bringing us Cool Choir!
Jamie Serafi, Founder & Creative Director
Creative Director Jamie Serafi is a professional composer, arranger and musician who has worked in the music industry in the UK for over twenty years. In this time, he has written music for a vast array of film and TV productions and offered vocal coaching, rehearsal preparation and musical directorship in London’s West End.
Career Accomplishments Include:
● Creative Director and Founder of ‘Alive and Singing’ Rock & Pop Choirs in the UK between 2011 and 2015 (www.aliveandsinging.com)
● Composer of 2016 Oscar-nominated short film ‘Ave Maria’
● Accompanying UK opera star Russel Watson in concert
● Musical Director in London’s West End with top music theatre performers on the cabaret circuit
● Composing team for “1916 – The Musical”
● Jamie currently sits on the panel as a judge of the UK’s largest song writing contest, held annually (http://www.songwritingcontest.co.uk/the-judges.html)
Lisa Bettenson, Choir Leader, Outer Calgary North (Cochrane, Airdrie & NW Calgary)
Lisa has been involved in music for most of her life. She has been taking singing lessons for 15 years. During that time, she completed her grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Voice exam and grade 2 RCM theory. She competed in multiple festivals such as the Cochrane Youth Talent Festival (Gold medals in 2004, 2005, and 2007), and the Kiwanis Music Festival. Lisa began teaching in 2008 and has not stopped since.
In 2010, Lisa was accepted into the voice program at the University of Lethbridge and trained in classical technique. During her time there she performed in three operas; The Magic Flute as the Third Lady, The Marriage of Figaro as Marcellina, and as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, all in collaboration with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra. Lisa completed her degree in 2014, and continued teaching in private studios. She completed her education degree at St. Mary’s University in Calgary in April 2017.
Lisa is very excited to be leading Cool Choir in Outer Calgary North and looks forward each week to unleashing her passion for singing, incredible energy and sense of fun!
Tina Hayden, Executive Assistant
Tina grew up on the outskirt’s of London, England and worked in publishing for many years as a promotions and marketing exec! She launched several well known magazines including OK! In the early 90’s. She had a complete career change in the late nineties when she moved to Belize to run a remote fishing and diving resort, 30 miles off the coast! Since then she has made several moves, including back to Belize before finally settling in Canada with her family.
Tina joined Cool Choir when it launched in January of 2016 and felt at home from the very beginning! As a shower and car singer, who shies away from the spotlight, Tina found her voice with Cool Choir. She has loved every minute rehearsing with her home choir of Lincoln Park, as well as joining forces with the other choirs in her ‘Cool Choir Community’ to perform at places like ‘The National Music Center’ and The Jube! She often says that the greatest gift Cool Choir gave her is not only the ability sing without fear for the first time ever but the amazing friendships she has made as a result of being a member.
In fact, Tina loves the choir and everything it stands for so much, that she joined the team in January 2018 as Executive Assistant to Creative Director, Jamie and now helps him in all aspects of the day to day running of the choir (except the creative side of course, she’s leaving that to the experts)!
Kaz Grzechowski, CPA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer
Kaz was born in Poland and moved to the UK when he was 22 years old. He gained his experience working in head office at one of the UK’s largest, independently-own coffee shop chains.
Kaz is also Jamie’s husband, having met one another in the UK in 2009 and ‘tied the knot’ in Canada in 2012! When Kaz is not crunching numbers behind the scenes of Cool Choir, he enjoys cooking, sipping cocktails and listening to Celine Dion!