ChoralFest is an annual two-week, non-competitive festival that provides choirs and conductors an opportunity to work with acclaimed adjudicators and expert clinicians from across the continent. The festival invites all levels and styles of choral singing, including vocal jazz. Approximately 150 choirs and 6,000 singers participate each year.
ChoralFest is open to all choirs; no matter a choir’s level of experience, our adjudicators and clinicians work with each group at its own level. Participating choirs must be members of MCA. For more information on membership with MCA, click here.
Although ChoralFest is non-competitive, adjudicators may recommend choirs to represent Manitoba at the national annual festival, MusicFest Canada.
Registration in ChoralFest includes:
Performance timeslot for 2-3 pieces
Written adjudications from renowned adjudicators
One 30-minute clinic (Early Years, Middle Years) or two 20-minute clinics (Senior Years, Community, Vocal Jazz choirs) with experienced clinicians
Opportunity to listen to other choirs
Certificate of participation
Registration fees are posted a minimum of 2 months prior to the festival and are non-refundable. Payment may be made by Credit Card, Cheque, e-Transfer, or Invoice.
We are honoured to have so many choirs from across Manitoba join us for ChoralFest. As such, scheduling requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. A preliminary schedule will be emailed to all registrants at least 4 weeks prior to the festival.
Note: If you haven’t registered your choir for a current MCA membership yet you will be prompted to do so before filling out the form.
MCA is thrilled to be planning a return to in-person ChoralFest in 2022! In an effort to create a more accessible festival for choirs around the province, we will be running a pilot project which will see some exciting changes to the structure of the festival. ChoralFest 2022 will run from November 14 to 23, 2022* and will include two major components:
Traditional ChoralFest format for Senior Years, Community choirs (Senior Years: November 14-18; Community: November 19)* - Performances in pod system + 2, 20-min clinics in either English or French. Prairie Spirit United Church, Winnipeg
Traditional ChoralFest format for Senior/Middle Years Vocal Jazz ensembles (November 21-23)* - Performances in pod system + 2, 20-min clinics. Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg
*NEW* Early Years & Middle Years Workshops (November 14-23)* - In-school, on demand. Winnipeg & Surrounding areas
We are excited to announce adjudicators and clinicians for our 2022 program:
Senior Years/Community Choirs: Dr. Jennifer Lang (Saskatoon, SK), Dr. Tracy Wong (Toronto, ON), Dr. Andrée Dagenais (Brandon, MB)
Vocal Jazz Ensembles: Duane Davis (Grand Rapids, MI), Kerry Marsh (Naples, FL), Julia Dollison (Naples, FL)
Early Years/Middle Years Workshops: Liz Kristjanson (Winnipeg), Marla Fontaine (Brandon, MB)
More details and bios to come!
*Schedule is subject to changes and/or cancellation based on public health restrictions at the time of the festival.
Want to get involved with this exciting weekend event? We need many volunteers to make ChoralFest a success! You can volunteer for as much or as little time as you’d like.
Volunteer tasks include:
Meal/snack setup and cleanup
Please fill in MCA’s volunteer form to volunteer for ChoralFest. If you prefer one or more of the tasks listed above, you may indicate this on the form.
Note: To volunteer at ChoralFest you must complete and provide copies of both a Provincial Child Abuse Registry and a Criminal Record Search. You will receive more information about this process once your volunteer application has been approved.
Check back soon to register for ChoralFest 2022