Janet Brenneman, director

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 the WSO and conductor Jane Glover to perform Handel’s Messiah in December 2019.