uSing uSask Choral

uSing uSask is a non-competitive festival designed to celebrate the successes of choirs and inspire them with feedback to challenge them to greater musical heights. All choirs at every age and stage of development are welcome. 

From Thursday October 28th to Saturday October 30th, 2021

Featuring clinician Dr. Elroy Friesen, University of Manitoba

For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Lang at

Dr. Elroy Friesen

Described as “innovative, expressive, and dynamic,” Elroy Friesen is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Manitoba where he heads the graduate studies program in choral performance, conducts numerous choirs, and teaches graduate conducting.

His award-winning ensembles tour nationally and internationally, and are frequently recorded and broadcast by the CBC.  They enjoy collaborating with many outstanding local and national arts organizations, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, WSO New Music Festival, Soundstreams Canada, Groundswell, Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

Dr. Friesen studied at the University of Manitoba (B. Mus., B. Ed., M. Mus.) and at the University of Illinois (DMA), receiving numerous scholarships and grants from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba.  He is the past artistic director and founder of the Winnipeg-based youth choir, Prairie Voices, and is co-founder of fikamusik: a choral conducting intensive based at the University of Manitoba. He has recently appeared as guest conductor with the Winnipeg Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestras. He is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor throughout North America and Northern Europe.