Interlake Region


  • 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

2018-19 season

Interlake Youth Choir 2018
The Third Annual Interlake Youth Choir attracted 37 singers, the highest enrollment to date. They were very excited to have Alisa Wiebe as their conductor this year. The choir rehearsed on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. On Monday, October 15 they performed two school concerts, followed by a final concert in the evening at Selkirk United Church, featuring guest performers Tabula Rasa.

Selkirk Community Choir - Kendra Obach, conductor

This dynamic choir celebrated its 40th anniversary last May, delighting an appreciative audience with songs from the choir’s history. Additionally, they premiered In a Riverside Place, a commissioned work by Kenley Kristofferson.
They recently sang a coffee house at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, and a spring concert is scheduled. Stay tuned!
You can email this choir at

Quarry Choristers

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 are busy gearing up for their spring production, Small Town Blues, a trip through time following the trials and tribulations of the small town of Quarry Ridge. What does the future hold for the prosperous little place? Only time will tell!
The show will play at Stonewall Quarry Park Heritage Arts Centre, May 2-11, 2019.
Tickets at Stonewall Co-op Food Store from 2:00-7:00 pm, and online at

Tabula Rasa - Kendra Obach, conductor

Tabula Rasa is a group of 14 singers who are tackling some challenging and fun music!
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.
Tabula Rasa sang a concert titled Rise Up on January 31, and they look forward to hosting you in a wine and cheese concert on Saturday, June 15th at Selkirk United Church, 7:30 pm. More info to come.

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 is scheduled for Thursday, May 16th at 7 pm this year. All are welcome!

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! This June, they will hold a command performance of A Jukebox Musical Come hear them at Christ Church in Selkirk on Sunday, June 2, at 2:30 pm. 

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 spring concert, titled "On with the Show", featured music from Broadway.

In other news

The Gimli High School Choir has launched its second year with conductors Stephanie Marks and Heather Clarke.

The Evergreen Festival of the Arts Vocal/Choral will be held on April 30 and May 1, 2019. This year’s adjudicator is Millie Hildebrand.