Welcome to the

Cosmopolitan Music Society

"Cosmo" to our friends!

Welcome to the

Cosmopolitan Music Society

"Cosmo" to our friends!

Welcome to the

Cosmopolitan Music Society

"Cosmo" to our friends!

No Matter Your Skill Level, There is a Home for You with Us

No Matter Your Skill Level, There is a Home for You with Us

The Cosmopolitan Music Society is a nonprofit organization named for its original sponsor, The Cosmopolitan Club of Edmonton. Founded in 1962 by professional musician and conductor Harry Pinchin & collaborators, it has come to occupy a uniquely special role in Edmonton’s robust arts and cultural scene. The society, originally made up almost entirely of students, met in school gyms and community halls to rehearse long before band programs were made available across Alberta. 

Now, from our home in the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, Cosmo has grown to include a number of concert band ensembles, a jazz band and jazz orchestra, a chorus, and two handbell ensembles. Our ensembles have performed at a range of events across Edmonton, Canada, and overseas, including but not limited to: The Tommy Banks Tribute Concert, our annual Lest We Forget… A Musical Tribute performance in honour of our veterans and in collaboration with branches of the Royal Canadian Legion, and various performances at the Alberta legislature, the Commonwealth Games, and Carnegie Hall.

The Cosmopolitan Music Society continues to pride itself on helping music lovers become music makers by making music instruction and performance broadly accessible to the local community – regardless of skill level.

The Cosmopolitan Music Society is a nonprofit organization named for its original sponsor, The Cosmopolitan Club of Edmonton. Founded in 1962 by professional musician and conductor Harry Pinchin & collaborators, the society met in school gyms and community halls to rehearse long before band programs were made available across Alberta. 

From our home in the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, Cosmo has grown to include a number of concert band ensembles, a jazz band and jazz orchestra, a chorus, and two handbell ensembles. Our ensembles have performed at a range of events across Edmonton, Canada, and overseas.

The Cosmopolitan Music Society continues to pride itself on helping music lovers become music makers through making music instruction and performance broadly accessible to the local community – regardless of skill level.

For 60 years Cosmo has been providing musical education and performances in the Edmonton community from our home in the heart of Old Strathcona. Founded in 1962 by conductor Harry Pinchin, our society developed one of Western Canada’s first “beginner” band programs – meeting in community halls and school gyms long before band programs were made available across Alberta. Today, Cosmo has grown to include 9 ensembles: A jazz band and jazz orchestra; Beginner, novice, intermediate, and advanced concert bands; Two handbell ensembles; and a Chorus. Our ensembles have performed across Edmonton, Canada, and even overseas at Carnegie Hall!

Our 60th Anniversary season marks not only a return to Cosmo’s roots as a home for musicians of all skill levels to come together and rehearse, perform, and spread their love of music, but an expansion of programming and our involvement in the community. Whether you attend one or all of our performances this year, we hope that you leave Cosmo with a deep appreciation for music in all its forms. Keep an eye on our website for information on this season’s performances, special events, and more, or join the  CMS Newsletter to have updates sent directly to you. 

The Cosmopolitan Music Society continues to pride itself on helping music lovers become music makers by making music instruction and performance broadly accessible to the local community – regardless of skill level. Interested in performing with us? CMS accepts new members each year until the end of September! Contact info@cosmopolitanmusic.org for more information or to register or visit our Join CMS page to learn more. 

Beginner Band

Our beginner program is designed for those who didn’t have the opportunity to learn an instrument in school but always wanted to. It is also designed for former band geeks who, for one reason or another, haven’t had an opportunity to play recently and are a little rusty.

CMS Concert Bands

The Cosmopolitan Music Society has 3 adult recreational concert bands with three levels:

Novice practices on Wednesdays

Intermediate practices on Tuesdays

Advanced practices on Mondays.

Jazz Bands

 The CMS Jazz program consists of two ensembles:

The Jazz Orchestra Ensemble is a high-level auditioned group playing at a grade 4+ level. Modern, contemporary, progressive jazz – developed technical skills on your instrument required.

The Big Band Ensemble is an intermediate auditioned group, drawing on the classics and standards of the Swing . This ensemble is open to intermediate level players on all wind instruments, guitar, bass, piano, & drums.

CMS Chorus

The CMS Chorus has around 75 members of various ages and is conducted by Mr. Jamie Burns. They rehearse Monday nights and perform a wide variety of music, from classical to Broadway. 

Entry to the Chorus is decided after a simple voice placement with the conductor.

Become a Member

Become a Member

Every one is welcome – The Cosmopolitan Music Society (“Cosmo”) gives amateur adult musicians and singers the opportunity to learn and perform music across a variety of genres. Under professional music direction, our concert bands and choirs perform at all levels of ability from beginner to advanced. 

Recruitment for the new season begins in August of every year! Click below to learn more about becoming a member.

Every one is welcome – The Cosmopolitan Music Society (“Cosmo”) gives amateur adult musicians and singers the opportunity to learn and perform quality jazz big band, concert band and choral music.

Under professional music direction, our concert bands and choirs perform at all levels of ability from beginner to advanced. Jazz Big Band is for novice to advanced, and Jazz Orchestra is by audition only. 

Our season begins with rehearsals starting in early September and running through to early June, with a break at Christmas.

All of our ensembles perform a variety of musical repertoire.

Even if you're not playing with us, you can still

Support Us

Cosmo relies on patrons and donors like you to operate our full range of music programming.  As a non-profit and registered charity, we have a variety of ways you can support our operations through both money and time. 

Contact us today to donate and help keep the music alive!

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