Cosmopolitan Music Society

The Cosmopolitan Music Society is a music education non-profit organization in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[1]

The Cosmopolitan Music Society
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The Cosmopolitan Music Society in 2021
General information
LocationEdmonton, Alberta
Address8426 Gateway Blvd NW T6E 4B4
Coordinates53°31′15″N 113°29′44″W / 53.520759°N 113.495621°W / 53.520759; -113.495621Coordinates: 53°31′15″N 113°29′44″W / 53.520759°N 113.495621°W / 53.520759; -113.495621


The Cosmopolitan Music Society was founded in 1963 by Canadian composer Harry Pinchin.[2][3] At first the Cosmopolitan Music Society was named the Cosmopolitan Club Concert Band of Edmonton; however, by the mid 1970s the organization had shortened its name to the Cosmopolitan Music Society.[4] Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the organization held events at a range of venues in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1980, the Cosmopolitan Music Society began rehearsing and hosting events at its permanent location of 8426 Gateway Boulevard in Edmonton.[5]


The Cosmopolitan Music Society's mission is to "give amateur adult musicians and singers the opportunity to learn and perform quality jazz big band, concert band and choral music."[6] As of 2021, the society has three different concert bands that rehearse in their building.


  1. ^ Shonn, Audrey (Autumn 2003). "In Profile: Edmonton's Cosmopolitan Music Society - 40 Years and Still Blowing Strong!". Canadian Winds: The Journal of the Canadian Band Association. 2 (1): 11–12.
  2. ^ Collins, Michelle (June 12, 2007). "Star-Studded Gala Event Honours Artists and Backers: Musician Harry Pinchin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award". The Edmonton Journal. p. B3.
  3. ^ Fong, Jennifer (June 2, 2007). "Nothing amateur about Cosmo conductor's long musical career; Winspear gala concert honours Harry Pinchin's contribution to community". The Edmonton Journal. p. C1.
  4. ^ For the name "the Cosmopolitan Club Concert Band of Edmonton" in the 1960s, see "A Guide to What's Happening". The Edmonton Journal. November 1, 1968. p. 59.
  5. ^ "Bulletin Board". The Edmonton Journal. December 17, 1980. p. B3.
  6. ^ "Cosmopolitan Music Society". CanadaHelps. Retrieved 2021-03-23.

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