Awards of Distinction
MCA’s Awards of Distinction were established in 2020 to honour individuals, choirs, institutions, corporations, and programs in recognition of their valuable contributions to the choral community of Manitoba.
A limited number of each award are given out annually. Nominations by MCA members are accepted throughout the year. Candidates are selected by an appointed MCA Award Committee each June and recipients are honoured at MCA events, such as Provincial Honour Choirs, ChoralFest, and the Manitoba Choral Association Annual General Meeting.
MCA was thrilled to have received strong nominations in every category for the Awards of Distinction in 2020. Our inaugural year’s recipients for the MCA Award for Artistic Excellence include Winnipeg choir Camerata Nova and conductor Michelle Chyzyk from the Westman region. MCA’s New Voice Award goes to two recipients this year: Winnipeg-based chamber choir NUOVOCE, directed by Sarah Sommer and Justin Odwak, and Brandon-based community choir Konektis, directed by Michelle Chyzyk. The MCA Spirit Award has been awarded to two individuals who have made it their life’s commitment to support the choral community in many ways: Philipp R. Ens and the late Karen Giesbrecht.