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: Leanne Gilbart
MCA Representative: Lauren Dobko

Members at large: Kristine Duke, Beth Emmers, Vhana Moldowan

Upcoming season – Spring 2018

Interlake Adult Choir Day 

Interlake Adult Choir Day took place on Saturday April 7. It was a great day, with 35 singers gathering in the afternoon to learn four songs under the direction of Scott Reimer. The evening concert was held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Selkirk, and featured three choral groups alongside the workshop choir, including the 2017 Interlake Youth Choir Reunion, Selkirk Community Choir and Quarry Choristers. All proceeds were donated to the Interlake Youth Choir for the upcoming 2018 season.

Selkirk Community Choir - Kendra Obach, conductor

This dynamic choir is celebrating its 40th anniversary! On Sunday, May 27, they delighted an appreciative audience with songs from the choir’s history. Additionally, they premiered In a Riverside Place, a commissioned work by Kenley Kristofferson.
You can email this choir at

Interlake Youth Choir 2018

Interlake Youth Choir 2018 is poised to hold auditions on Friday, June 8th at Arborg Collegiate Institute. They are excited for the fall season, with conductor Alisa Wiebe.
Dates are September 29, and October 13-15.

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! This 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! They are working toward a Dessert Concert that will include 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.
June 16th, Selkirk United Church. 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15.

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! Their spring concert this year is titled "On with the Show", and will feature music from Broadway. Please come!
Friday, June 8, 7:30 pm at Ardal-Geysir Lutheran Church, 301 River Road, Arborg, MB.
Sunday June 10, 2:30 pm at Gimli Lutheran Church 50 - 3rd Ave, Gimli, MB.
Monday June 11, 7:30 pm at Gimli Lutheran Church 50 - 3rd Ave, Gimli, MB.

School Choirs

017/18 was the inaugural year for Gimli High School Choir in the Evergreen School Division. Next year, the choir will be led by Stephanie Marks. Stephanie is described as “passionate and full of great ideas for programming and recruitment.”

The Arborg-Riverton Choir performed at the Evergreen Festival of the Arts where Derek Morphy adjudicated. The choir performed at the festival Hi-Lites on Monday, May 7, and held their Spring Concert on Thursday, May 24.