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CMU Festival Chorus

Director: Janet Brenneman Ph.D

We're excited to announce that we have two performances scheduled with the WSO for the upcoming season, as well as an additional December performance:

  1. December 8, 2018 – Handel's Messiah with WSO Director Daniel Raiskin
  2. March 15 & 16, 2019 – Verdi's Requiem with WSO Director Daniel Raiskin
  3. December 2019 (date TBA) – Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Conductor Janet Brenneman

New members are always welcome. Please contact Dr. Janet Brenneman ( to arrange for an audition prior to registering.



Sunday afternoon rehearsal schedule (3:00–5:30 at CMU Chapel) for these events are confirmed as follows. Additional rehearsals with WSO to be confirmed.

Fall 2018

  • October 28
  • November 4
  • November 11
  • November 18
  • November 25
  • December 2

Winter 2019

  • January 27
  • February 3
  • February 10
  • February 24
  • March 3
  • March 10

About the Chorus

The CMU Festival Chorus, in its inaugural season, brings together the choral traditions and excellent quality of three distinct ensembles under the CMU umbrella to create an ensemble comprised of current CMU students, CMU alumni, and community members. With its roots in excellent performances by the former Mennonite Festival Chorus, the choir members have worked with distinguished WSO directors Bramwell Tovey, Andrey Boreyko and Alexander Mickelthwate, as well as guest conductors such as Helmut Rilling, Robert Shaw, Ivars Taurins, Jane Glover, and Tania Miller. Performances with the WSO include masterworks by Mozart, Britten, Handel, Beethoven, Verdi, Mahler, Schoenberg, Silvestrov, and Pärt.

CMU Festival Chorus Director Janet Brenneman is Associate Professor of Music at Canadian Mennonite University where she teaches music education, choral conducting, and conducts the CMU Singers and the CMU Women's Chorus. Active in the Manitoba choral community, Janet is also the Conductor of Renaissance Voices, and the Faith and Life Women's Choir. Janet has studied and worked with notable conductors Doreen Rao, Elmer Iseler, Charles Smith, and Helmuth Rilling. Recent guest conducting engagements have taken her across Canada, most notably to conduct the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Amadeus Choir of Toronto in a performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio in December 2017.

The current season brings CMU Festival Chorus to the concert hall stage with WSO's new director Daniel Raiskin to perform Handel's Messiah in December 2018 and Verdi's Requiem in March 2019. Check WSO website for details on these performances: