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: Leanne Gilbart
MCA Representative: Lauren Dobko
Members at large: Kristine Duke, Beth Emmers, Vhana Moldowan
Upcoming season – Fall 2018
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 on May 27, delighting an appreciative audience with songs from the choir’s history. Additionally, they premiered In a Riverside Place, a commissioned work by Kenley Kristofferson.
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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! In spring they delighted sold-out crowds with “Sit down! You’re Rockin’ the Boat!"
Tabula Rasa - Kendra Obach, conductor
Tabula Rasa is a small group of 14 singers who are tackling some challenging and fun music! Their June dessert concert included such favourites as Moses Hogan’s Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel, Chili Con Carne (The Real Group) and the stunning Good Night, Dear Heart by Dan Forrest.
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. She will be featured as an adjudicator for Senior Years and Community Choirs at Manitoba Choralfest this coming November.
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 in May.
Octavia -Karen Jackson, conductor
Octavia Women’s Choir, formed seven 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 performed "A Jukebox Musical”, featuring songs from various movies.
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.