University Singers
Instructed by:
Dr. Elroy Friesen
Who is eligible:
Auditions are open to all Faculty of Music students, University of Manitoba students* and community members*

*Non-credit students will be charged a nominal fee
Days and times: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 to 3:15 pm





The last three decades have brought the University of Manitoba Singers to prominence as a performing ensemble in Canada, known for their performances of both new and traditional choral repertoire.

The Singers have appeared on numerous occasions with leading professional organizations having 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. Premieres of new music also include Canzoni Romane by Sid Robinovitch (1999), Styx by Kancheli (2003), Raft of the Medusa by Veda Hille commissioned by the CBC and the WSO’s New Music Festival (2008), and Sid Robinovitch’s Cantus Borealis (2011) with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Scott Yoo. Most recently they performed in the world premiere of Phil Kline’s opera, Tesla in New York (2014).


In addition to the University Singers’ extensive performance of new works, they regularly perform traditional choral repertoire and masterworks. Recent concerts have included Handel’s Messiah, Weihnachtsoratorium by Bach, Mozart’s Requiem, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

The University Singers have placed first in the CBC Radio National Amateur Choir Competitions (Chamber Choir Category). They have toured extensively throughout the Americas and they have taken numerous concert tours to Europe, including Germany, Holland, Austria, Poland, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland and England. In 2011 they toured Sweden and Finland, and represented Canada at the Vaasa International Choral Festival.

The Singers are regularly invited to Toronto and Montreal to be part of “University Voices” produced by Soundstreams Canada, conducted by Dr. Martin Neary (UK), Maria Guinand (Venezuela), and most recently by Kaspars Putniņš (Latvia). Upcoming performance tours include Serbia, Montenegro and Hungary (May 2014).

University Singers membership is open to all U of M students and community members.
Audition information can be found at

University Singers in Alno, Sweden, May 14, 2011
University Singers in Alno, Sweden, May 2011


The University Singers, Alumni choir and soloists Monica Huisman, Christopher Enns and Stephen Hegedus performed Haydn's The Creation with the Winnipeg Symphony on Thursday, October 9/14.  The performance was given a very favourable review by Sarah Krahn of Classic 107 radio.  To read the review, please click here.

University Singers - Finalists in the 2013 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs

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Henry Engbrecht, Professor Emeritus, receiving his Honorary Doctorate, May 30, 2013.
Photo courtesy of Mike Latschislaw