Sometimes going home is great

The last few weeks are a real blur, I have been having a great time working with all levels of singers in Manitoba. I’ll talk about the Polycoro debut in a later post, it was one of the best experiences of my life and deserves more space than I can commit just now…

A particular treat for me was working with the choir at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, where I attended High School. I was really fortunate to have Vic Pankratz as a mentor there, he had a huge influence on my conducting and singing when I was a lad. The kids there have a fantastic way about them and they treat each other very well. They are musical and smart, they picked up really fast and I was very excited to work with them. I can see why he stays there, it is a wonderful environment to be in, it probably doesn’t feel like work that often. I hope I’ll get to go back again sometime soon.



Polycoro is nearly there!

I’ve been in Manitoba for 4 days now, and we’ve had 3 rehearsals with Polycoro. The choir has so much vocal talent and are such great musicians. It has been a real pleasure to work with them so thus far. We have 8 hours of rehearsal left before the concert, and it is going to be a lovely presentation to be sure.

The group is still looking for funding. If you want to support us, please do.

I’m so glad it is summer

There are so many lovely things on the go right now, and it all feels so much nicer when the typing is happening in shorts and a t. The season at St. Matthias is slowly winding down, and as we approach the end of the season I’m feeling so relaxed about everything. Our new Rector is fantastic and the congregation is appreciative.

I’m gearing up to go to Manitoba. I’m going to be there from the 10th to the 21st, working on and then presenting music by three fantastic composers – Frank Martin, Roland de Lassus, and Oleksa Lozowchuk. It will be a fantastic evening. To support the concert you can visit: