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.
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 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.
Marketing Committee Chair
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Executive Director (ex officio)