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Male choir singing can be traced back to the Men’s Music Club which started in 1916. In 1960, a group of men from in and around Winnipeg formed the Metro Male Chorus of Winnipeg. In 1974 the name was changed to the present Winnipeg Male Chorus. In October of 2010, the Winnipeg Male Chorus celebrated their 50th anniversary.

From 1970 until 2004, the Chorus was a member of The Associated Male Choruses of America. The AMC of A consisted of approximately 57 choruses. Every year 18 male choruses from the Upper Mid-west district consisting of Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Saskatchewan, North-western Ontario and Manitoba, would gather for a “Big Sing”. For three days, 400-500 men would sing together culminating in a final concert.  Winnipeg hosted the event in April 1964, 1970, 1988, and 2000.

Although the Winnipeg Male Chorus is based in Winnipeg, the chorus regularly participates in musical events throughout Manitoba. Annual weekend trips have been made to numerous rural Manitoba centres, various Hutterite colonies, and to Kenora, Ontario.

In the spring of 2014, we travelled to Regina, Saskatchewan, where we joined the Regina Male Voice Choir and the Saskatoon Male Chorus for a Big Sing.  Our most recent weekend trip in April 2016 took us to Portage La Prairie, Neepawa and Brandon, Manitoba.

Over the years, the Chorus has been professionally directed by talented musical directors. From 1960 to 1966, Barry Anderson conducted the Chorus. He was followed by Clayton Lee and Herbert Holland, 1966 - 1967; James Whan, 1967 - 1968; Archie Stone, 1968 - 1977; Gordon McNabb, 1980 - 1993; Ann Koop-Hunsberger, 1993 - 2005. Helen Bergen assumed the directorship in 2005 and continues to provide energetic and enthusiastic leadership.

The Chorus has produced three recordings:

  • A Gift of Song,
  • Sing Noel (2000) and
  • You Raised Me Up (2009)