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BEYOND Choral Symposium

A unique opportunity for the choral arts community to gather to exchange ideas, connect with colleagues, challenge long-held ideas, and experience new ways to think about choir.

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BEYOND, an initiative of MCA's IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) Special Interest Group, is a unique opportunity to gather to exchange ideas, connect with colleagues, challenge long-held ideas, and experience new ways to think about choir.


MCA has invited choral arts specialists from Manitoba, Canada, and the USA to present on topics such as Indigenous protocols for choirs, embracing and encouraging cultural diversity in choir, decentralizing power structures, working with transgender voices, decolonizing the choir practice, challenging gender norms, accessibility for choirs, health and well-being, social justice, and more.


Friday, May 26: 4:30 - 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 27: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Day Sessions) & 7:00 - 10:00 pm (Evening Reception & Activities)


BEYOND will take place on Treaty 1 Territory, traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininiwak, Dakota, and Dene Peoples; and the homeland of the Red River Métis Nation​.

Friday & Saturday Sessions - Canadian Mennonite University South Campus, Winnipeg (includes Friday supper & Saturday lunch)

Evening Reception & Activities - St. Norbert Arts Centre, Winnipeg (includes drink ticket & snacks)

  • Jordan Bighorn, Traditional Drummer & Singer

  • Cory Campbell, Traditional Drummer & Singer

  • Melanie DeMore, Vocal Activist (San Francisco, CA)

  • Doug Friesen, Arts Educator & Musician (Toronto, ON)

  • Roan Regan, Student & Choral Singer

  • Caleb Rondeau, Student & Choral Singer

  • Jenel Shaw, Executive Director, Arts AccessAbility Network MB

  • Ray "Coco" Stevenson, Traditional Drummer & Singer

  • Nicole Stonyk, Graduate Student, University of Manitoba

This event will interest you if you are a current or aspiring choral director, educator, singer, arts administrator, student, musician, or other musical leader in your community. Presenters will speak to both the Manitoba and wider Canadian contexts.

Join us to EXPLORE, EXPERIENCE, and EXPAND your arts practice this May!

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Thank you to our Sponsors

MCA is able to hold this exciting event thanks to generous funding from our key sponsors. We acknowledge support from Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Manitoba's Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund and the Manitoba Accessibility Fund.


Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact MCA for more details

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