To encourage and promote choral music in the Interlake Region
To provide performance opportunities in order to share our music
To support our membership by providing access to professional development opportunities
To facilitate communication of choral organizations throughout the Interlake Region
To represent the Interlake on the board of the Manitoba Choral Association
To work with the Manitoba Choral Association to bring opportunities to all Manitoba Singers
Board of Directors
Chair: Kendra Obach
Secretary: Brenda Chorney
Treasurer: Forrest Sauerwein
MCA Representative: Edward Cloud
Members at large: Kristine Duke, Beth Emmers, Vhana Moldowan
INTERLAKE YOUTH CHOIR
The Interlake Youth Choir is gearing up for their fourth season, and will be directed by Leanne Cooper Carrier. Forty students have signed up to audition. The singers will meet for a rehearsal day in September, followed by a rehearsal camp and a tour in October. Their final concert will be on Monday, October 21st at Stonewall New Life Church. IYC’s previous conductors are Scott Reimer (2016), Justin Odwak (2017), Alisa Wiebe (2018)
SELKIRK COMMUNITY CHOIR - Kendra Obach, conductor
The Selkirk Community Choir is thriving, having recently completed their 41st year! Presently conducting is Kendra Obach, with Beth Emmers on the piano. They are 45 voices strong with lots of community involvement, as well as their own concert series. You can email this choir at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selkirk Community YOUTH Choir
The Selkirk Community Youth Choir is a new elementary/middle school choir, just finishing its first season under the co-direction of Beth Emmers and Carrie Schellenberg Wilson. They operate under the umbrella of the Selkirk Community Choir and have performed together several times this year.
Since 1985, the Quarry Choristers have met Sunday evenings to sing, laugh and socialize. Over the years the choristers have developed a wide and varied repertoire – folk, Broadway, contemporary, country, and pop. Originally performing throughout Manitoba at various festivals, choral fests, conventions and Christmas concerts, in 1997 the group took a new direction – Dinner Theatre! They haven’t looked back and were their usual hit at this year’s spring production. Titled Small Town Blues, QC took their audiences on a trip through time following the trials and tribulations of the small town of Quarry Ridge.
Tabula Rasa - Kendra Obach, conductor
This young adult choir is an auditioned group of singers aged 18-26. Conductor Kendra Obach is the choir and drama specialist at Stonewall Collegiate, and has a long history of wonderful work with area and provincial choirs. This past November, she was featured as an adjudicator for Senior Years and Community Choirs at Manitoba Choralfest. This group sang a concert titled Rise Up in January 31, and completed its sixth season with an outstanding Wine and Cheese Concert at Selkirk United Church. Their accompanist is Lisa Highmoor.
Back Pew Boys - Karen Jackson, conductor
The Back Pew Boys have been a feature male choir in the Selkirk area for many years. From September through May, men from various church congregations and area communities share their joy of singing on Thursday evenings at Selkirk United Church. During the Christmas season, Back Pew Boys’ annual performances include participating in the Interlake Choral Association’s Advent Concert and singing at Woodland Court, a Seniors Residence in Selkirk. This past December they also performed at two venues as part of Selkirk’s Holiday Alley event. Other special events included charity fundraisers, church anniversaries, retirement events, and a spring concert on May 16th.
Octavia - Karen Jackson, conductor
Octavia Women’s Choir, formed eight years ago, brings together women from Selkirk and surrounding communities who love to sing! Starting in September, they meet three Saturday mornings a month for practices at the little Cloverdale United Church in the country. The church has fabulous acoustics, ideal for performances.
During the Christmas season, Octavia participates in the Interlake Choral Association’s annual Advent Concert and sings at Woodland Court, a Seniors Residence in Selkirk. This past December they also performed at two venues as part of Selkirk’s Holiday Alley event. Other special events include charity fundraisers, church anniversaries, and retirement events.
Octavia’s music choices are quite eclectic, with concert themes such as Country, Classic, and Celtic, and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! On June 2, they held a command performance of A Jukebox Musical in Selkirk.
The Westshore Singers - Karen Lamb, conductor
The Westshore Singers is a choir comprised of about 50 members in the communities from Selkirk to Riverton. The choir has a Christmas tradition of singing in local concerts (one being the Interlake MCA Advent concert) as well as performing three area concerts and three spring concerts! This year's concerts took place on June 6, 9 and 11.
In other news
The Gimli High School Choir is completing its second year with conductors Stephanie Marks and Heather Clarke.
The Evergreen Festival of the Arts Vocal/Choral was held on April 30 and May 1, 2019. This year’s adjudicator was Millie Hildebrand of Winnipeg.