Welcome to Con Brio Whistler, a three-day NON-COMPETITIVE music festival with a grading option held annually in beautiful Whistler Village, a 90-minute drive north of Vancouver, BC. For 18 consecutive years, the Con Brio Whistler Music Festival has turned Whistler Village into a giant Band, Orchestra and Choral camp culminating in a massed choir of over 500 singers, massed strings, and massed bands of over 1,000 instrumentalists. The village provides a safe, walkable festival environment for all participants. The main centres of activity are the Whistler Conference Centre, The Hilton Conference Facilities and the Millennium Place Performance Hall.
Participants arrive Thursday afternoon and check into their hotels. In the evening, students interact with other festival participants a Lip Sync Battle while directors register to collect passes and programmes at the Whistler Conference Centre and meet organizers, faculty and peers at a Directors’ Reception.
Friday is adjudication and workshop day for Concert Bands, Concert Choirs and Orchestras, Friday evening Orchestras, Jazz Bands, and Vocal Jazz Ensembles take the stage.
Saturday continues as adjudication day for jazz bands. Concert Band and Orchestra participants attend ensemble intensive workshops that further build on the strengths of each ensemble with a different member of faculty than the day before. Choral participants attend voice master classes and a Massed Choir rehearsal and Strings join together to workshop and perform as a Massed Ensemble. For Directors, the Festival offers the opportunity to attend professional development workshops presented throughout the day by members of our faculty.
Saturday night the tables turn as participants become the audience for the Gala Concert. Each year Con Brio brings together outstanding professional musicians to perform music that will engage and inspire our young musicians.
Musica Intima, The Marcus Mosely Chorale, The University of Troy Alabama Wind Symphony, The UBC Wind Ensemble, The Kwantlen College Wind Ensemble, The Capilano University “A” Band, The Naden Band, The Eagle Song Drummers and Dancers of the Squamish Nation, The Universal Gospel Choir, The Brandon University Wind Symphony, The Sojourners, Tanga, YouTube Sensation Trombonist Christopher Bill and numerous other instrumental soloists and vocal performers have shared this stage over the last 18 years. The concerts are professionally staged and lit to ensure maximum audience enjoyment.
There are two performances, and like all Con Brio festival events, there is guaranteed seating for all. For this year’s line up, see CONCERT.
All participants join together on Sunday to create two more roof-raising and foundation-shaking ensembles: The Con Brio Festival Massed Choirs and the Con Brio Festival Massed Bands. The Festival ends at 10:30 for Choirs and Noon for Bands.
Every aspect of the Con Brio Whistler Music Festival is based on active learning through participation. The schedule is meticulously planned so that students are able to participate in all events, regardless of how many ensembles they are in. Students and teachers alike leave the Festival enriched with new skills and ideas.
This festival is offered in a 4-day 3-night package. Click here for details and registration information.