The Canadian Mennonite Bible College had a College Chorus for the student body and an Oratorio Choir in which the wider community was invited to sing. From 1965 the latter joined with the Mennonite Brethren Bible College Oratorio Choir for annual concerts, accompanied by members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. The school also had other, including the 40-voice Canadian Mennonite Bible College Singers and the 20-voice Ensemble, both of which toured various parts of Canada. A Male Voice Choir Festival, which included the college's Faith and Life Male Choir, was first held in 1988. A biennial Church Music Seminar was co-sponsored with the Mennonite Brethren Bible College. Guest conductors included Robert Shaw and Helmuth Rilling. The strong musical program of the Canadian Mennonite Bible College continued at the Canadian Mennonite University (formed in 1998). In 2013 the CMU School of Music was home to five vocal ensembles--a 45-voice choir, a chamber choir, men's and women's choruses, and a vocal jazz ensemble--as well as several instrumental ensembles.
Graduates of the college include choral director Henry Engbrecht, tenor Arthur Janzen, church musician Neil Matthies, music director Bernie Neufeld, choral director Henry Peters, music director John Poettcker, and bass William Thiessenfeld.
See also Mennonites
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