21st Annual con brio Whistler Music Festival

For Concert & Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Concert & Chamber Choir, Jazz Band & Vocal Jazz Ensemble

It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Con Brio Whistler Music Festival. 

All Music Directors involved have been contacted and are being kept updated.  If you are a concerned parent, please make your child’s music teacher your first point of contact as all information will be going to them.  Please understand that we are unable to respond to individual requests for information. 

 We wish all participants and their families the very best in these challenging times.  We hope we can look forward to welcoming you next year.

Susan Magnan & Douglas Macaulay

Founders, Artistic & Managing Directors

Con Brio Festivals

2021 – Thursday, April 22 – Sunday, April 25

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 20 consecutive years,  Con Brio Whistler  has turned Whistler Village into a giant Band, Orchestra and Choral 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:

  1. Concert Band: 22 or more performers in a balanced combination of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.
  2. Concert Choir:  20 or more voices in balanced parts performing concert/chamber choir repertoire.
  3. Symphony/String Orchestra: 20 or more performers in a balanced combination. Smaller Ensembles will be considered
  4. Jazz/Stage Band*:  16 – 24 instrumentalists. Larger ensembles will be considered.
  5. Vocal Jazz*: 12 or more performers.

*offered only in conjunction with registration of a concert band, choir or orchestra

For more information about the Whistler Festival please click here

Mark Walker Bio Photo“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