Eastman Choral Association
The Eastman Choral Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to enhance and promote the growth of choral activities in Manitoba’s Eastman Region. It is one of six regional affiliates of the Manitoba Choral Association committed to preserving and promoting Manitoba's strong choral tradition.
EMCA is an energetic and busy organization, presenting five key programs annually. The fall season brings the regional School Choral Workshop, consisting of four choirs and accommodating more than 400 singers from all corners of the Eastman region. The Eastman Youth Choir is also a vibrant bunch, rehearsing through two fast-paced weekends in the fall, followed by a never-to-be-forgotten regional tour. The annual Peace Concert, the Easter Sunrise Service and Sunday evening Vespers services provide opportunities for community members who love to sing with and for each other. Additional to the natural incentive to participate is the appeal of working with exceptional choral conductors from this province and beyond.
EMCA is excited to announce a new choir being formed in the 2018/19 season. The Eastman Chamber Choir will be directed by David Sawatzky, Associate Professor of Music at Providence University College. Information on how to join this choir will be available soon.
Board of Directors
President: Meredith Hutchinson
Vice President: David Sawatzky
Past President: Shannon Sawatzky
Secretary: Kim Bestvater Sidorchuk
Treasurer: Kathy Bergen
MCA Representative: Michael Dueck
Social Media: Candace Hamm
Eastman Youth Choir: Shannon Sawatzky, Leanne Warkentin
Choral Society: David Sawatzky
School Workshop: Kim Gordon, Meredith Hutchinson
Vespers Contact: Jen Wiebe Penner
Members at large: Nathaniel De Avila (Eastman Male Choir rep.), Albert Bergen, Gabriella Gallo (School/Community rep.), Jenna Patterson, Lindsay Patram (Accent rep.), Chris Plett, Gina Reimer, Susan Simcoe
Looking forward to the new season
Eastman Youth Choir
EMYC is enthused to welcome Rob Monson as conductor and Kim Bestvater Sidorchuk as pianist for 2018. The first rehearsal camp took place from September 14-16, and the group eagerly awaits the next one Sept. 28-30. Tour dates are Oct. 11-14. Visit their website for information on dates to mark on your calendar, as well as to peruse all the fabulous fun they’ve had in past years.
The Vespers Choir is comprised of singers from the Eastman region who accept the invitation to participate in six Sunday evening services per year, held at the Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach at 7 pm. Each inspirational service is held under the direction of a different conductor. The choir also provides music for the annual Sunday Saengerfest during Pioneer Days on the August long weekend. Dates for the upcoming season are:
September 30 - David Sawatzky, conductor
November 4 - Michael Dueck, conductor
December 2 - Lin Wiebe, conductor
February 3 - Nathaniel De Avila, conductor
March 3 - David Klassen, conductor
April 7 - Eric Marshall, conductor
Accent- Meredith Hutchinson, conductor
Accent is a women’s ensemble, ages 18+, based in Steinbach, Manitoba. They strive for a strong, unified sound, while remaining dedicated to the enjoyment derived from singing together. Their wish is to be accessible to the ears of their audiences, local and beyond, and to provide them with entertaining and polished performances, filled with a variety of musical genres. Their pianist is Annalee Schellenberg. Accent is proud to be a partner with the Steinbach Arts Centre.
December 20 - Winter Series Concert - 7:30 pm, Mennonite Heritage Village indoor auditorium
June 9 - Spring Series Concert - 2:00 pm, Mennonite Heritage Village outdoor pavilion
Tickets: Adults/Seniors $10.00, Students $5.00, 14 and under free
Eastman Male Choir - Nathaniel De Avila, conductor
The Eastman Male Choir, in its third decade of existence, is comprised of men from all walks of life. They sing in numerous area church services, for care homes, and are known for attracting huge and appreciative audiences in fundraising concerts.
Warning: If you’re attending an Eastman Male Choir concert, come early!
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Annual School Workshop
The Eastman School Workshop will take place on Friday, October 12 at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, 360 McKenzie Ave., Steinbach. Participants rehearse through the day, then perform for the public at 6:00 pm. Admission is $2. All are welcome!
Singers register through their schools in late September. This year's clinicians are:
Grade 5 - Katie Schroeder, with pianist Mary Lou Manke
Grade 6 - Albert Bergen, with pianist Jane Duerksen
Grades 7/8 - Gabriella Gallo, with pianist Colleen Koop
Grades 9-12 - Rob Monson, with pianist Kim Bestvater-Sidorchuk
EASTMAN CHORAL SOCIETY
The ECS annual Peace Concert is set for November 11, 3:00 pm at Steinbach Mennonite Church. Guest choirs are the Eastman Chamber Choir, Eastman Male Choir and the Mitchell Elementary School Grade 4 Choir. A collection will be held for Steinbach Community Outreach.
Under the direction of David Sawatzky, the Choral Society Choir is open to all, with rehearsals at the Steinbach Mennonite Church from 7:00-9:00 pm on October 25, November 1, and November 8.
The ECS annual Sunrise Service is set for April 21, 7:00 am at Grace Mennonite Church. Details will be available in the new year.
Concert #1: Winnipeg's professional Baroque ensemble, Canzona, led by Kathleen Allan, together with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and soloists will perform Bach's Christmas Oratorio on Sunday, December 9, 2:00 pm, Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach.
Ticket info TBA.
Concert #2: Handel's Messiah, David Sawatzky, conductor
Saturday, April 6, 7:00pm at Grace Mennonite Church, Steinbach. More details coming soon.