“Having adjudicated at many festivals, I have become selective in lending my name and reputation to a festival or a festival company. However, there are a select few for whom I have accepted a second, third or more invitations to work with student ensembles and teachers. Con Brio is at the very top of my list for offering an educationally driven festival that provides ‘once in a lifetime moments and goose bump opportunities’ that students and educators will remember throughout their entire lives.”
Dr. Dale Lonis, Principal, Music Mentors International, Director Emeritus: Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Con Brio Festivals are proud to be the only Canadian festival organization elected to associate membership in the American Bandmasters Association.
Created with the best interest of music educators and their students in mind, Con Brio Festivals are built on a team approach involving educators, former and current band, choir and orchestra parents and students, college and university music education majors, and community volunteers. Our purpose is to support the pursuit of excellence and inspire a lifelong love of music in each participant.
Over 50,000 musicians have come to the Con Brio Whistler and Sun Peaks Music Festivals since we began in the year 2000. When choosing a festival, please be sure to avoid any confusion between Con Brio and similar festivals just a week apart from us in the same locations. We are proud to be the ORIGINAL Whistler and Sun Peaks Music Festivals and remain dedicated to creating an inspiring educational experience for all of our participants. We look forward to welcoming you as we celebrate our 22nd year.
Sue Magnan & Doug Macaulay
Co-Founders, Artistic & Managing Directors