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News: 2018-2019

Piano Adjudicator

March 31st, 2019

Praised for her “fierce artistry and sheer stamina” (Winnipeg Free Press), Canadian pianist Lisa Rumpel is passionate about communicating classical music to a variety of audiences. As an alumnus of the Franz Schubert Institute, Vancouver International Song Institute, Opera Nuova, University of Manitoba and Brandon University, Lisa is equally comfortable collaborating in art song, chamber music, opera, and choral music. 
 Since completing her Master of Music (Collaborative Piano) in 2015, Lisa has been an active member of the Manitoba music community. In addition to vocal coaching and collaborating at the University of Manitoba, Lisa plays for the Winnipeg Singers, Manitoba Underground Opera, and is Associate Director of Flipside Opera and Living Room Live. An avid recitalist, Lisa particularly enjoys performing in house concerts, inviting audience members of every background to enjoy classical music. 

Vocal/Choral Adjudicator

March 31st, 2019

Dr. David Sawatzky, D.M.A., Conducting
Providence University College


Dr. David Sawatzky is Associate Professor of Music at Providence University College.  He is an avid choral director and singer, having been a member of some of Canada’s premier choral ensembles.  David conducts the University Choir and Providence Chamber Singers, and is the new Vice President of the Eastman Choral Association, where he directs the Choral Society and is the Artistic Director of the new Eastman Chamber Choir.  As a singer he has been a member of such ensembles as Calgary’sLuminous Voices, Edmonton’s Pro Coro Canada, as well as The Winnipeg Singers and Canzona.  After receiving his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois, David spent several years as Assistant Professor of Music at Bluffton University in Ohio.  After returning to Winnipeg, David accepted a position as the Artistic Director of Pembina Trails Voices until 2017.  His award winning PTV choir Cantemus received 2nd place for the George S. Matheson award in the National Music Festival in both 2015 and 2016.  His choirs have toured extensively, with performances in Brazil, China, and Cuba. 


January 1st, 2019

We are excited to start yet another year as the Winkler Festival of the Arts. Please join us in welcoming this year's adjudicators to our community.


This year's adjudicators are as follows:

Vocal/Choral - David Sawatzky

Piano - Lisa Rumpel


More information will be posted soon!


January 1st, 2019

Hi all,

We just wanted to highlight some of the new items listed in this year's addendum.

Adult Duet Class - This year we have introduced a non-competitive adult duet class for the piano discipline.

Please note that there are TWO DIFFERENT ENTRY DEADLINES!! 

Piano entry form deadline is January 23rd, 2019.

Vocal/Choral entry form deadline is Febraury 8th, 2019.

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