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BEYOND: Choral Symposium

May 26, 2023 at4:30 pm - May 27, 2023 at10:00 pm


Calling all current and aspiring choral directors, educators, singers, arts administrators, students, musicians, and other musical leaders! Join Manitoba Choral Association in Winnipeg for BEYOND, MCA’s first-ever choral symposium on May 26-27!

BEYOND, an initiative of MCA’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) Special Interest Group, is a unique opportunity to gather to exchange ideas, connect with colleagues, challenge long-held ideas, and experience new ways to think about choir and group singing.

Friday, May 26: 4:30 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, May 27: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm & 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Friday & Saturday Sessions – Canadian Mennonite University South Campus, Winnipeg
Evening Reception & Activities – St. Norbert Arts Centre, Winnipeg

MCA has invited choral arts specialists from Manitoba, Canada, and the USA to present on topics such as Indigenous protocols for choirs, embracing and encouraging cultural diversity in choir, decentralizing power structures, working with transgender voices, decolonizing the choir practice, challenging gender norms, accessibility for choirs, health and well-being, social justice, and more. Presenters will speak to both the Manitoba and wider Canadian contexts and include:

  • Jordan Bighorn, Traditional Drummer & Singer
  • Cory Campbell, Traditional Drummer & Singer
  • Melanie DeMore, Vocal Activist (San Francisco, CA)
  • Doug Friesen, Arts Educator & Musician (Toronto, ON)
  • Roan Regan, Student & Choral Singer
  • Caleb Rondeau, Student & Choral Singer
  • Jenel Shaw, Executive Director, Arts AccessAbility Network MB
  • Ray (Coco) Stevenson, Traditional Drummer & Singer
  • Nicole Stonyk, PhD Student, University of Manitoba

Thanks to the generous funding from Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Accessibility Fund, we are able to offer accessible registration to the choral community for this new event.

Register before April 15 and take advantage of our early-bird pricing for the full weekend for only $165. Students can attend for just $100!

Can’t come for the whole weekend? No problem! Register for the event portions you are able to attend. Or register to receive recordings of selected sessions afterwards (note: the sessions will not be live-streamed). Registration closes May 21, 2023. Visit our website for more details on registration and pricing.


Accommodations for out-of-town participants can be booked at special rates. Participants have the choice of two accommodation options:

Holiday Inn Airport West (2520 Portage Ave, Winnipeg)
$123 + taxes & hotel fees per night.
Group rate bookings by May 3: Call 204-885-4478 or 1-800-665-0352 (toll free) or email
Use reservation code A25 when booking.

Canadian Mennonite University Student Residence (South Campus)
Contact MCA to arrange a booking

Join us to Explore, Expand and Experience your arts practice this May!


May 26, 2023 at4:30 pm
May 27, 2023 at10:00 pm
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Manitoba Choral Association
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