Dr. Elroy Friesen

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Affiliation: University of Manitoba
Presentation: Interest Session
Title: German Diction for Choral Conductors
Abstract: Getting German “off the stage” effectively requires more knowledge than just the sounds of the language. This session will move from general characteristics inherent in German, to specific coaching of details that bring the text to life. Knowledge will be modeled and applied to specific choral repertoire and “must-have” language/diction resources will be introduced.

Biography: Described as “innovative, expressive, and dynamic,” Elroy Friesen is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Manitoba where he conducts numerous choirs, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and music education. His award-winning ensembles tour nationally and internationally, and are frequently recorded and broadcasted 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, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the Latvian Radio Choir.

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. Elroy is a co-founder of fikamusik, and 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.