ChoralFest Manitoba
provides choirs and conductors an opportunity to work with acclaimed adjudicators and
expert clinicians from across the continent in
a non-competitive annual festival.

ChoralFest spans all levels and styles of choral singing including vocal jazz.
Over 165 choirs and 9000 individuals participate each year.

ChoralFest 2017

November 13 – 23

Co-Chairs: Dorothy Dyck and Philip Lapatha

Who can sing at ChoralFest?

ChoralFest is open to ALL choirs. Whether small or large, novice or accomplished; no matter what a choir’s level of expertise, our adjudicators and clinicians work with each group at its own level. A choir that is just starting has as much to gain as does a well-established choir.


Note to all choirs: Three original copies of each piece must be provided to the registration desk upon arrival. Unauthorized photocopies will not be accepted.
Risers (3 steps, 4 rows) will be supplied.

Early Years

Choirs will have 30 minute warmup followed by 30 minutes on stage that includes performance/adjudication. There will be no clinic for Early Years Choirs.

Middle Years

Ensembles have: 30 minute warm-up, 30 minutes on stage, 30 minute clinic. The clinic will be with a clinician in another location.

Note for Early and Middle Years: Performances should take not more than half of the allotted time (30 minutes). It is recommended that Early Years choirs sing 2-3 songs; all others sing 3 songs.

Senior Years and Community and Church Choirs

Choirs are scheduled and perform in pods of three. 15 minute warm-up, 15 minute performance, 30 minute clinic. Maximum of 3 pieces. A sample schedule can be found here.

Vocal Jazz

This year, the vocal jazz venue at Westwood Collegiate will be moving to a POD SYSTEM, as is the format at Sturgeon Creek.  
    * 15 minutes of warm-up time
    * Three groups will share a 1 hour stage time, all listening to each other and supporting each other.  
    (There is a 3 song maximum per group)
    *1/2 hour clinic time

Ensembles are encouraged to perform three contrasting pieces in the Jazz idiom (Swing, Latin, Ballad).

Equipment provided: 16 microphones, drum set and cymbals, bass amplifier, acoustic piano
Sound system provided in warm up/clinic rooms

Photos will be taken of Vocal Jazz Choirs.


Registrations are NON-REFUNDABLE and must be accompanied by payment or they will not be processed. Faxed applications will not be accepted unless they are accompanied by credit card information.


Entries must be received by the MCA office no later than 5 PM, Friday, October 13, 2017.


  • Scheduling requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • A preliminary schedule will be emailed on Monday, October 16, 2017. At this time, directors have 7 days to facilitate any changes independently. The MCA office must be notified of all changes by Monday, October 23, 2016.

  • The final schedule will be released on Tuesday, October 24, 2016.

Registration Fees

Elementary Choirs
MCA Members - $90
Non Members - $170

Middle Years Choirs
MCA Members - $110
Non Members - $190

Secondary and Community Choirs
MCA Members - $130
Non Members - $210

Vocal Jazz Ensembles
MCA Members - $185
Non Members - $265

31ST Annual

NOVEMBER 13–23, 2017


Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Drive, Winnipeg

Vocal Jazz Venue
Westwood Collegiate
360 Rouge Road, Winnipeg


Nov. 13-17:  Senior Years
Sturgeon Creek United

Nov. 18: Community
7:30 p.m.
Sturgeon Creek United

Nov. 20-21:  Early Years
Sturgeon Creek United

Nov. 20-22:  Vocal Jazz
Westwood Collegiate

Nov. 22-23:  Middle Years
Sturgeon Creek United

Nov. 23, 7:30 PM:
Gala Concert
Sturgeon Creed United

MusicFest Canada

Although ChoralFest is non-competitive, adjudicators may recommend choirs to represent Manitoba at the national festival, MusicFest Canada.

We thank our ChoralFest sponsors