Saskatchewan Choral Federation

University of Manitoba Singers


The last two decades have brought the University of Manitoba Singers to prominence as a premiere performing ensemble in Canada.  This chamber choir has appeared on numerous occasions with Winnipeg's leading professional organizations.  They have performed and recorded Arvo Part's Litany with the Hilliard Ensemble and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Glen Buhr's Ritchot Mass with the Penderecki String Quartet.  World premieres of new music  include Canzoni Romane by Sid Robinovitch - commissioned by the CBC and the MCO (1999), Styx by Kancielli (2003), Seid Nuchtern und wachet by Alfred Schnittke (2004), and Raft of the Medusa by Veda Hille commissioned by the CBC and the WSO's New Music Festival (2008).

Lux Luceat in Concert

 University of Alberta Madrigal Singers

University of Manitoba Singers

 University of Saskatchewan Greystone Singers


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Knox United Church

838 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon

4:30 pm (doors open at 4:00 pm)


Tickets - $10 Adult, $5 Student/Senior

Under 12 free when accompanied by an adult


The University Singers have placed first in the CBC Radio National Amateur Choir Competition - Chamber Choir Category.  They have toured extensively throughout Western Canada, Quebec and North Central USA.  Since 1987 they have taken five concert tours to Europe including Germany, Holland, Austria, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland and England.  Most recently they travelled to South America performing in Argentina and Paraguay.  The Singers are regularly invited to Toronto and Montreal to be part of University Voices, Soundstreams Canada, conducted most recently by Dr. Martin Neary (UK) and Maria Guinand (Venezuela).

The University of Manitoba Singers are under the direction of Dr. Elroy Friesen, Director of Choral Studies at the University of Manitoba.  Dr. Friesen conducts the University Singers, Cantata Singers and Women’s Chorus as well as teaches graduate conducting. His ensembles are frequently recorded by CBC, and have received numerous awards for their performances in Manitoba and Canada. Dr. Friesen has studied at the University of Manitoba (B. Mus., B. Ed., M. Mus.) and the University of Illinois (DMA), receiving numerous grants and scholarships from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba. 

Dr. Friesen is the founder and past artistic director of Prairie Voices, and has recently held the positions of Director of Choirs at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Urbana, and Director of the U of I University Chorus in Illinois. Elroy and his wife Heidi are raising their family of four children in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


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