The annual EMCA Peace Concert takes place each year during Remembrance Day, November 11. It’s an opportunity to promote and celebrate peace in our world through the beauty of choral singing. Each year, a variety of different choirs from the Eastman region are invited to participate in the concert, which culminates in the performance of a large choral work for all participants. It’s a meaningful way for both singers and audience members to come together and share the experience of such an important event.
We invite you to add your voice to the 2019 Eastman Community Choir! Directed by Stuart Sladden and accompanied by Kim Sidorchuk.
As usual, we will be joining forces with other local ensembles for one mass choir finale. There will be an offering taken during the service; all proceeds [after concert expenses] will be going to support Soup’s On, a local soup kitchen.
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Conductor: Stuart Sladden
Pianist: Kim Sidorchuk
Wednesday, October 16; 7:00-9:00pm Wednesday, October 30; 7:00-9:00pm Wednesday, November 6; 7:00-9:00pm Sunday, November 10; 1:00-1:45pm (mass choir rehearsal)
Steinbach Mennonite Church 345 Loewen Blvd, Steinbach, MB
Sunday, November 10, 2019 Steinbach Mennonite Church
Conductor: Stuart Sladden
Stuart Sladden was born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto (2002), in vocal jazz performance, a Master of Music degree from the University of Manitoba (2012), in choral conducting, and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Alberta, also in choral conducting. He is in demand as a freelance musician, guest conductor, private music instructor, workshop leader, adjudicator, and clinician across Canada, and has been privileged to work as an adjudicator for a major festival in Hong Kong. He has taught courses in aural skills, conducting, and choral literature at the University of Alberta and the University of Manitoba, and is part of the handbell faculty at the International Music Camp each summer.
Over the last twenty-three years, Stuart has enjoyed working with a variety of classical, jazz, and church choirs across the country as both a singer and conductor.
The most notable of these choirs include: The Accord Ensemble (Artistic Director) Pax Christi Choral (Assistant Conductor), the Richard Eaton Singers (Assistant Conductor), Da Camera Singers (Assistant Conductor), Pro Coro Canada (Singer), and the Winnipeg Singers (Singer). He is currently the Artistic Director of the Bison Men’s Chorus, Joie de Vivre, and the Good Neighbours Chorister, along with being the founding director of the Rochester Ringers, a high level, performance oriented handbell ensemble, now in their second season.
Along with his teaching and choral work, Stuart is passionate about building relationship and community through choir. He has been the chair of ChoralFest, one of the largest stand-alone, non-competitive choral festivals in Manitoba, and is the sitting Vice-President of Manitoba Choral Association. Along with his work for the MCA board, he also serves on the Manitoba Music Educators Association and Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba boards.