University of Manitoba Singers



Spain Tour

May 2 - 13, 2023

Concert dates


Thursday, May 4 at 19:00h

Església de Sant Miquel Arcàngel
Plaça de l'Església, 1, 43365 Alforja


Sunday, May 7 at 12:00h

La Sang


Sunday, May 7 at 20:00h

Parroquia de San Roque
Plaça Nova de l'Església, 2, 46025
Performance with Pleiades Cor Jove


Tuesday, May 9 at 19:30h

Hospital de Antezana C. Mayor, 46, 28801
Performance with the University Choir Alcala de Henares


Friday, May 12 at 19:45h

Parròquia de Sant Ramon de Penyafort
Rambla de Catalunya, 115, 08008

about the Group

The last four decades have brought the University of Manitoba Singers to prominence as a performing ensemble in Canada; they are known for their innovative and inspired performance of new and traditional choral repertoire.

The Singers have appeared on numerous occasions with leading professional organizations having performed and recorded Arvo Pärt’s Litany with the Hilliard Ensemble and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and Glen Buhr’s Ritchot Mass with the Penderecki String Quartet. Premieres of new music also include Canzoni Romane by Sid Robinovitch, Styx by Kancheli, Raft of the Medusa by Veda Hille commissioned by the CBC and the WSO’s New Music Festival, and Sid Robinovitch’s Cantus Borealis with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. They have also performed works by Schnittke, Auerbach and Rachmaninoff with the Latvian Radio Choir.

In addition to the University Singers’ extensive performance of new works, they regularly perform traditional choral repertoire and masterworks. Recent concerts have included Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium, Mozart’s Requiem, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

The University Singers have placed first in the CBC Radio National Amateur Choir Competitions (Chamber Choir Category). They have toured extensively throughout the Americas, and they have taken numerous concert tours to Europe, including Germany, Holland, Austria, Poland, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, and England. More recently they have toured Serbia, Hungary, and Montenegro.

Dr. Elroy Friesen

Director of Choral Studies


Described as “innovative, expressive, and dynamic,” Elroy Friesen is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Manitoba where he heads the graduate studies program in choral performance, conducts numerous choirs, and teaches graduate conducting.
His award-winning ensembles tour nationally and internationally, and are frequently recorded and broadcast by the CBC. They enjoy collaborating with many outstanding local and national arts organizations, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, WSO New Music Festival, Soundstreams Canada, Groundswell, Vancouver Chamber Choir, musica intima, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

Dr. Friesen studied at the University of Manitoba (B. Mus., B. Ed., M. Mus.) and at the University of Illinois (DMA), receiving numerous scholarships and grants from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba. He is the Co-Founder and past Co-Artistic director of Schooner Cove Singers (Parksville, BC), as well as past Artistic Director and founder of the Winnipeg-based youth choir, Prairie Voices. He is also co-founder of fikamusik: a choral conducting intensive based at the University of Manitoba, and has recently appeared as guest conductor with the Winnipeg Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestras. He is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor throughout North America and Northern Europe.


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