The Brandon Conservatory Chorale was begun in 1981 by Elizabeth Grant for a project for her Master’s degree in Music. The original Chorale was composed of 14 youngsters. Over the years it has grown to well over 100 choristers, and it has been sub-divided into four choirs, while the overall Chorale has been maintained. The ages of choristers range from 6 to 22 years, including both boys and girls. The choirs are:
- Chamber Choir (most experienced choristers)
- Concert Choir (Grades 5 & up)
- Apprentice Choir (Grades 1-4)
- Bel Canto (Adult)
All choristers are selected for membership through auditions held in the Spring.
Any singer from Brandon and the Westman area is eligible. Previous experience and/or vocal lessons are not necessary.
WELCOME FROM THE FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything -Plato
It is my sincere and earnest wish that being a member of the Brandon Conservatory Chorale will be a positive, rewarding, enjoyable and exhilarating musical experience for each of you.
Our 36th season was another resounding success with much musical growth being demonstrated by all choristers at their re-auditions. Special events included participating in the 36th Annual Christmas with the Conservatory Chorale in December, Brandon Festival of the Arts in February with the Chamber Choir winning inaugural Brandon Conservatory Chorale Scholarship, WSO Musicians in the Making in April, and the 36th Annual Spring Sing in May.
We now continue to offer three awards, the Atsede Hobbs Memorial [preferably an incoming chorister], the Margaret McCurdy Memorial Special Award [to someone already in the Chorale] and the Ellen Bateman Memorial Bursary [to a chorister graduating from grade 12 and entering any faculty at Brandon University].
Huge thanks to Kara Dixon for her on-going expertise, love and support. Luis Ramirez will continue to accompany the Tuesday and Wednesday Choirs.
Catie Seely, a very accomplished musician and a student at BU School of Music, is stepping into the role of Choral Intern for the 2017-18 season. Catie will be at all rehearsals, to provide additional support and leadership to the program.
We can only function on such a large scale because of the dedicated volunteers who run the non-musical side of our organization. Heartfelt thanks are extended to all those who are working hard at their “jobs”.
Please keep the Chorale healthy by volunteering in whatever capacity makes you comfortable.
Elizabeth Grant [Mamma G/Liz.]