24th Annual Con Brio Whistler Music Festival
For Concert & Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Drumline, Orchestra, Concert and Chamber Choir
Welcome to the Con Brio Whistler Music Festival, a three-day NON-COMPETITIVE music festival with a grading option held annually in the beautiful Whistler Village, a 90-minute drive north of Vancouver, BC. For 23 years, Con Brio Whistler has turned Whistler Village into a giant Band, Orchestra and Choir camp culminating in a massed choir of over 500, a massed string ensemble, and massed bands of over 1,800 instrumentalists. The village provides a safe, walkable environment for all participants. The main centres of activity are the Whistler Conference Centre, the Hilton and Westin Conference facilities and the Maury Young Arts Centre.
There are five festival categories that operate concurrently within the Con Brio Whistler Music Festival:
- Concert Band
- Concert & Chamber Choir
- Symphony/String Orchestra
- Jazz/Stage Band
All sizes of ensemble, in a balance combination of instruments and voices are welcome. Every effort is made to provide participants with the best educational experience possible while allowing an appropriate balance of recreational time. The following is an overview of Festival events.
- Arrival in Whistler
- Hotel Check-In
- Festival Registration
- Student Welcome Event
- Directors Reception
Adjudicated band, orchestra & choir performances, with written and/or recorded evaluations of two adjudicators and a performance recording.
- 50-minute adjudication workshops
- Scheduled audiences and other listening opportunities
- Evening jazz band performances, with written and/or recorded evaluation of one adjudicator and a performance recording. 50-minute adjudication workshops.
- NEW – Evening mini concerts
- Adjudicated jazz band performances with written and/or recorded evaluation of one adjudicator and a performance recording. 50-minute adjudication workshops.
- NEW – 1 hour drumline adjudication and workshops
- Band & orchestra ensemble intensives led by a different faculty member than the previous day
- Voice sectional master classes
- Massed choir rehearsal
- Massed Strings
- Gala Festival Concert
- Massed Choirs
- Massed Bands
Start the registration process on-line today
A representative from our appointed tour company, Ellison Travel & Tours, will contact you to provide a per person festival package quote that includes all festival fees, hotel, travel arrangements and terms and conditions. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is complete when the first per person deposit is received.
“The Con Brio Whistler Music Festival is without a doubt one of the finest music festivals of its kind in the world with the emphasis on MUSIC and on the whole student musician that is unique and truly extraordinary. Doug, Sue and everyone associated with Con Brio Festivals make an incalculably positive impact on thousands of young lives each year. Con Brio is a force for all that is good and is an example of what is possible when music education and student welfare is the motivating factor. Your students will leave having had a world-class experience.”
Dr. Mark Walker – Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music, John M. Long School of Music, Troy University