We are excited to announce that Unison Festival 2023 is returning to the format of three festival choruses: SSAA, SATB, and TTBB. The Halifax team has been working with conductors for these choruses since winning the bid to host in 2018. The conductors are Willi Zwozdesky (TTBB), Marg Stubington (SATB), and Christina Jarvis-Murray (SSAA).

The festival choruses will play a special role at the closing concert in Halifax, performing world premieres of three pieces commissioned by Unison to help raise awareness around the LGBT Purge in Canada (commissions announcement). There will be two online rehearsals at least in the new year for the commission pieces, to help singers prepare for the live rehearsals at the festival.

Registration for the festival choruses will open with delegate registration in the third week of September. We recommend registering for a festival chorus by the end of December. The festival choruses will be open both to festival delegates and to the general public, to include the local community in the launch of the commission pieces. As a bonus, the festival chorus registration fee includes a free rainbow tartan sash or bow tie that will be part of the uniform for the closing concert.

Festival Chorus Conductors

Christina Murray
Halifax, NS
SSAA Chorus

Marg Stubington
Ottawa, ON
SATB Chorus

Willi Zwozdesky
Vancouver, BC
TTBB Chorus