University of Manitoba Womens Chorus
The University of Manitoba Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Elroy Friesen, is comprised of singers from the Desautels Faculty of Music, the wider university campus, and the surrounding community. This choir was founded in 1990 by Dr. Henry Engbrecht, and enjoys collaborating in performances with various arts organizations including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Prairie Voices, Canzona, Musik Barock and the WSO New Music Festival. They had the honour of singing at the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, and they recently performed the Canadian premiere of From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hâfez by Abbie Betinis – recorded and broadcast by CBC. The U of M Women’s Chorus has performed across Canada, and most recently travelled to Iceland for their first overseas tour. Plans are underway for an international performance tour in Winter 2015.
The Manitoba Womens Chorus choir is led by Dr. Elroy Friesen. He is known as “innovative, expressive and dynamic”. He is director of the choir training at the University of Manitoba, where he conducts various choirs and teaches at all levels. Friesen is also involved with various choirs outside the university. In addition, he recently conducted scientific research into the choral music of the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. He also regularly performs with his music companies on Canadian television. Friesen also studied at the University of Manitoba and in Illinois in the US. He is also regularly asked to give guest lectures and master classes throughout Canada, the US and Europe.