SJASD Children's Concert Choir
Throughout the years, the choir's mandate of providing an enriched choral experience and fostering a love of choral music has never changed.
The St. James-Assiniboia Children's Choir is a choral group comprised of approximately 70 Grade 5 and 6 students, representing 15 elementary schools in the division. The choir, which has been in existence since the late 1980's was originally formed to give young students an opportunity to further develop their choral skills and provide enriched performance opportunities.
The year begins with an intense 2-day rehearsal camp at Camp Assiniboia in Headingley, where the group focuses on repertoire and team-building. Weekly practises take place from September to May in preparation for various performances throughout the school year. These include Choralfest, the Divisional Candlelight service, and various celebration events throughout the school division. The choir has been a consistent gold winner through their participation in the annual Winnipeg Music Festival. In 2018 the choir represented Manitoba at the Nationals and received second place in Class 107- Margaret Wharton, Community Choir, 12 years and under.
The choir has also performed along with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, by invitation at the Winnipeg Music Festival Choral Excellence and at Choralfest Gala Concerts. Another highlight is the annual School Tour Day, held in April. Choristers perform for their peers at various schools touring throughout the division and have the opportunity to promote the choir.
SJASD Junior Concert Choir
The SJASD Junior Concert Choir is one of our three divisional choirs and is comprised of singers in Grades 7 and 8. It has developed a reputation of being one of Manitoba's premier youth choirs. The choir is recognized across the country and has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, CBC Radio, the Government of Manitoba, Winnipeg Singers, Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir and many other events and festivals. At the Winnipeg Music Festival 2018, the SJASD Junior Concert Choir achieved Gold Standings in Class 8314 Youth Choir, Folk Song, 16 years and under and received an invitation to the Choral Excellence Concert. Membership in this choir gives singers the opportunity to develop their potential for musical excellence, and to meet and work with other talented musicians in the school division. Singers in this group have enjoyed rehearsing and performing a wide variety of beautiful music. In addition to working very hard to meet the special needs of highly motivated and self-disciplined singers this choir also has fun together.
The Choir maintains approximately 70 members. Its season runs from September to May.
SJASD Senior Concert Choir
The SJASD Senior Concert Choir is one of St. James-Assiniboia School Division's three divisional choirs. Its members consist of singers in Grades 9-12. This choir has developed a reputation of being one of Manitoba's premier youth choirs. Membership in this choir gives singers the opportunity to develop their potential for musical excellence and to meet and work with other talented musicians in the school division. Singers in this group have enjoyed rehearsing and performing a wide variety of beautiful music. In addition to having fun they also work very hard on challenging repertoire that represents a variety of genres.
The SJASD Senior Concert Choir is recognized across the country and has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, CBC Radio, the Government of Manitoba, Winnipeg Singers, Prairie Voices and at many other national and international festival and events. At Choralfest 2017, the choir was recommended to MusicFest Canada. At the Winnipeg Music Festival 2018, the choir was presented the following honours: Walter Klymkiw Trophy and Walter Klymkiw Memorial Bursary for the most outstanding performance of a Folk or Multilingual Song by a Community Choir, Caledonian Singers Peter Buchan Memorial Bursary for most outstanding performance by a Community Choir and the Saults and Pollard Limited Shield for the most outstanding performance by a youth Community Choir. The choir also competed in New York City at the Heritage World Strides Music Festival 2018, where they earned a number of accolades including the Adjudicator's Award (combined marks of over 95%), a Gold medal standing (above 90%) and the Outstanding Choral Award (Top Choir of the Festival).
The Choir maintains approximately 65 members. The choral season runs from September to May.
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