ABOUT US

TEAM

CREATIVE TEAM

MEL BRAUN


Conductor and Professor, University of Manitoba

Mel Braun is a versatile singer, equally at home on the concert or opera stage. When not working as a soloist, he is a Professor at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. Mel is a dedicated voice teacher, many of whose students at the Faculty of Music have gone on to professional careers.

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VICTOR PANKRATZ


Conductor and Music Educator

Vic Pankratz’s love of singing, conducting and teaching has led to a long career at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate and on stages and concert halls across Western Canada. At Westgate, he is in charge of the choral program, directing six ensembles. He received his formal training at Canadian Mennonite Bible College and the University of Manitoba. He also studied opera at the Banff School for Fine Arts.

JOHN WIENS


Conductor

John Wiens is a dynamic conductor hailed for “awe-inspiring” (Winnipeg Free Press) performances. John has cemented his reputation as one of Canada’s finest chamber choir conductors. He is the artistic director and co-founder of Polycoro Chamber Choir and co-curator for Dead of Winter.

John has appeared on stages across the world, pursuing an innovative path as a programmer known for an uncommonly wide repertoire. John’s inquisitiveness and love of investigation often results in the performance of new music and music from before 1700.

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STAFF

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BOARD

Anne Janes
Chair


Sandi Mielitz
Vice-Chair


Marlene Klassen
Marketing Committee Chair


Angela Neufeld
Music Committee Chair


Kris Ramsay
Treasurer


Sara Krahn
Secretary


Roland Deschambault
Executive Director (ex officio)


Darla Rettie
Board Member


Carolyn Rickey
Board Member


Bill Pope
Board Member


Sally Sweatman
Board Member


Josephine Fontaine
Board Member


Fred Ford
Board Member