History

 

Male choir singing in Winnipeg 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. Then in 1974, the name was changed to the present Winnipeg Male Chorus (WMC). In October of 2020, the WMC will celebrate its 60th anniversary.

From 1970 until 2004, the Chorus was a member of the Associated Male Choruses of America. The AMC consisted of approximately 57 choruses. Every year 18 male choruses, from the Upper Mid-West district consisting of Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin,  Saskatchewan, Northwestern 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 WMC is based in Winnipeg, the chorus regularly particiipates in musical events throughout Manitoba. Annual weekend trips have been made to numerous rural Manitoba locations, 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 several talented musical directors.

1960-1966, Barry Anderson; 1966-1967, Clayton Lee and Herbert Holland; 1967-1968, James Whan; 1968-1977, Archie Stone; 1980-1993, Gordon McNabb; 1993-2005, Ann Koop-Hunsberger; 2005-present, Helen Bergen.