Love music? Enjoy performing? Excellent! At Providence, you don’t have to be a music major to be part of the performing arts. From day 1 on campus, you can express your God-given musical and theatre talents through a variety of performance opportunities, open to all.
Want to sing in a choir? Perform with a string quartet or jazz band? Show your love for Jesus through a contemporary praise and worship group? All of our music ensembles are run by our expert faculty and are open to all students, regardless of your major. We have both auditioned and non-auditioned ensembles. When you’re part of an ensemble at Providence, you’ll become part of a special community and gain the opportunity to enhance and refine your musical skills and talents, relieve stress, and increase your general well-being. All ensembles also perform at Providence and some even tour across Canada, through the USA, and Internationally.
Participation in all ensembles is FREE for all non-music students and those not seeking academic credit. Registration is required to earn academic credit and have it counted towards a student’s arts requirement. If you’re looking for an ensemble to perform at your church, youth group or school, please contact the Performing Arts Assistant.
A group of students that perform solely instrumental music. The type of ensembles depends on the students who want to participate and the instruments they play. Contact Dr. Andronikou if interested.
The University Choir is open to all students and faculty providing audiences with a stimulating musical experience. No auditions are required. They perform at two Providence events during the academic year – at the annual Christmas concert held at the beginning of December, and the Spring Concert held late in the winter semester. This Christmas, among the many pieces we are performing will be Snow Angel by Canadian composer Sarah Quartel, and in spring the choir will be performing Handel’s Messiah with the Eastman Choral Association. Students who register in University Choir will receive 0.5 academic credits per semester.
The Chamber Singers is a group of 16-24 students who present high quality a cappella repertoire in a variety of styles and from various eras. They perform multiple times at Providence and throughout Manitoba. They also embark on an annual tour. Auditions are required for participation in the choir and are only held at the beginning of the fall semester. Students accepted into the choir must commit to the full year. Students who register in Chamber Singers will receive 1.5 academic credits per semester.
Each bands learns 15-20 worship songs throughout the year in preparation for leading worship at campus chapels (4-5 times per semester). Each band can also expect 3-5 external deputations per year. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights. Auditions are required for both worship bands and are held only at the beginning of the fall semester. Each group takes 4-7 students. Students who register in either band will receive 1 academic credit per semester.
From challenging courses that teach everything from acting method to stage combat, to our annual Production, exciting theatre opportunities are available to all students at Providence. Theatre students at Providence will have the opportunity to learn the craft of acting as well as stagecraft, directing and the history of the theatre. Students will also have the opportunity to attend plays and receive backstage access to Manitoba's theatre's and theatre professionals.
Our full-length production is presented during the winter semester. This year, Providence is partnering with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's Master Playwright Festival to present William Shakespeare's King Lear, January 21st-February 2nd at the Gas Station Theatre in Winnipeg. The production is open to all students. (The production can also taken for academic or Field Ed. credit.)
Want to learn an instrument? Take lessons with our experienced faculty! Lessons are taught individually at Providence and we invite anyone looking for private lessons to contact the Performing Arts School. Lessons times are determined in consultation with individual instructors. In the coming year, we also will be offering theatre opportunities in our full-length production to our students and members of the community!
Interested in taking music lessons not for credit? Click below!