||Dr. Elroy Friesen|
|Who is eligible:
||- all Faculty of Music students, University of Manitoba students, and community members
- non-Faculty of Music students will be charged a nominal fee
- women auditioning for this ensemble can also be considered for the Women's Chorus with the same audition
|Days and times:
||Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 to 3:15 pm
200 Education Building
The last two decades have brought the University of Manitoba Singers to prominence as a performing ensemble in Canada. This chamber choir has appeared on numerous occasions with Winnipeg's leading professional organizations. In addition, they have performed and recorded Arvo Pärt's Litany with the Hilliard Ensemble and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and Glen Buhr's Ritchot Mass with the Penderecki String Quartet. First performances of new music also include Canzoni Romane by Sid Robinovitch - commissioned by the CBC and the MCO (1999), Styx by Kancielli (2003) and Seid Nüchtern und wachet by Alfred Schnittke (2004). In 2007 they joined forces with the University of Saskachewan for performances of Mozart's Requiem in Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
The University Singers have placed first in the CBC Radio National Amateur Choir Competitions, Chamber Choir Category. They have toured extensively throughout North America. Since 1987, they have taken numerous tours to Europe, including Germany, Holland, Austria, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy and the UK. They were the resident choir at the International Festivals in Marktoberdorf (Germany) and Czestochowa (Poland). In May 2007 they toured Paraguay and Argentina, with highlights including performances in the Mennonite colony of Loma Plata and sharing the concert stage with the La Plata University Choir. In the fall of 2008, University Singers represented Western Canada in Toronto and Montreal as part of "University Voices 2008", produced by Soundstreams Canada. They were directed by guest conductor Maria Guinand of Venezuela and recorded and broadcast by CBC.
The University Singers performed under the direction of Henry Engbrecht (now Professor Emeritus) until June 2006, and are currently under the direction of Professor Elroy Friesen.
University Singers in Alno, Sweden, May 2011
The University Singers toured Sweden and Finland from May 10 - 24, 2011.
Here are some news links about their trip:
Television interview with Dr. Elroy Friesen (English with Swedish subtitles):
Visit the Choirs blogspot