Described as “innovative, expressive, and dynamic”, Elroy Friesen is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Manitoba, where he conducts numerous choirs and teaches graduate conducting. His award-winning ensembles tour nationally and internationally, and are frequently recorded and broadcasted by the CBC. The ensembles enjoy collaborating with many outstanding local and national arts organizations, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, WSO New Music Festival, Soundstreams Canada, Groundswell, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the Canadian Chamber Choir.
Dr. Friesen studied at the University of Manitoba (B. Mus., B. Ed., M. Mus.) and at the University of Illinois (DMA) receiving numerous scholarships and grants from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba. He is Artistic Director and co-founder of a new professional choir- Schooner Cove Singers-based in Parksville, B.C. He is also co-founder of fikamusik, a Choral Conducting Intensive, and has recently appeared as guest conductor with the Winnipeg Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestras. He is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor throughout North America and Northern Europe.
B. Music (University of Manitoba)
B. Music Education (University of Manitoba)
M. Music (University of Manitoba)
• 2013 - Dr. Friesen was honoured with the Rh Award for Creative Works
• 2015 - Manitoba Arts Council - "Touring Grant" for Handel's Messiah
• 2017 - University of Manitoba "Creative Works Grant"
• 2017 - National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs "Best Prairie Region Choir"
• 2017 - National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs "Best Performance of a French Work in Any Category"
Dr. Friesen is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Schooner Cove Singers, a professional chamber choir based in Parksville, B.C. He is also past Artistic Director of Prairie Voices and has held positions of Artistic Director of the Mennonite Community Orchestra, Director of Choirs at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Urbana, and Director of the University Chorus in Champaign, Illinois. He is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout Canada, the United States, and Northern Europe.
ONGOING RESEARCH / CREATIVE WORKS
Recently publishing his research on the choral music of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, Dr.Friesen continues to pursue his passion of study and performance of new Nordic repertoire – especially new Canadian works.
IN THE FACULTY
Graduate Choral Conducting
Director of Choral Studies
Room 225 Taché Hall
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB. R3T 2N2