Performing Arts


Music Opportunities

There are numerous performance opportunities in Music open to all students at Providence.  Both areas have large and small performance groups some of which are audition-based, and some which are classroom-based. All these ensembles perform at the college and some participate in tours that perform in various venues across Canada, the USA and the United Kingdom. 

For full degree programs, visit our academic program pages:


July 24-28, 2017

The Providence Summer Music Academy is for students, grades 8-12, who just love music!

This week-long summer camp will provide students with stimulating and fun instruction from our experienced faculty while allowing them to grow and learn new skills and gain confidence in their abilities as musicians. We offer instrumental instruction in guitar and piano as well as instruction in voice and theatre. This week is sure to be both inspiring and fun for all young musicians.



Explore voice through acting, movement and voice instruction from our exceptional faculty of professional singers. Choir and music theatre ensembles will help elevate the student's understanding of their instrument and allow them to grow and express themselves as an artist in a supportive and stimulating environment. Master classes and musicianship classes will further promote new skills and confidence as a musician both on and off the stage!

INSTRUMENTAL (Guitar | Piano)

Discover new techniques to bring to your music playing and perform both solo and ensemble repertoire culminating in an end-of-the-week performance. Classes focus on stylistic and technical skill and will be accompanied by master classes and activities that equip students to better understand their instrument. An excellent program for both the keen musician and those who are seeking to prepare for examinations or enroll in a post-secondary music program.

This week is sure to be both inspiring and fun for the young musician. Make sure to book your spot before the early bird deadline to ensure a space available!



Early Bird Registration Fee (before June 19, 2017): $430 per student

Regular Registration Fee (after June 19, 2017): $450 per student













David Klassen  |  Voice & Theatre

Noted for his “rich baritone” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), David Klassen holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Manitoba.  

Mr. Klassen has performed on stages in New York, Minnesota, throughout the Canadian Prairies and beyond, and he has been engaged as a soloist by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Saskatoon Opera, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra singing for a Canada Day audience of thirty thousand.  His students have been accepted to prominent undergraduate and graduate music programs in both Canada and the United States.

Currently residing in Manitoba with his wife and two children, Mr. Klassen maintains a busy schedule performing and teaching.  In addition to teaching voice, he has conducted numerous choirs ranging from primary school to adult, and has worked at a local level to create opportunities for young singers and actors through the production of numerous community operas and musicals.  

In 2015, he was nominated for CBC’s “Manitoba Future 40” award for his work as a singer and university educator in the province and in his home city of Steinbach where he has been acknowledged numerous times as one of the region’s greatest contributors to the Arts.







Laurelle Froese  |  Voice and Theatre

Mezzo-soprano Laurelle Jade Froese is establishing herself as a young professional singer in Canada. She began her professional operatic debut in the spring of 2014 in Saskatoon Opera’s Die Zauberflöte as second Lady and joined Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program for the 2014/’15 season. Prior engagements and awards include being a 2013 and 2014 Jeune Ambassadeur Lyrique Laureate and representing Canada at the Minsk Opera House in Belarus. Laurelle currently lives in Winnipeg and when not performing, she can be found teaching and singing with various communities throughout the city. Laurelle Froese is the founder of the Winnipeg Vocal Academy which seeks to promote classical music to under-served communities within Winnipeg. A passionate performer and teacher she absolutely loves to instill the love of music into students of all ages!

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David Sawatzky, DMA  |  Choir

David is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music and Choral Director at Providence University College.  Over the last twenty years, David has been active as a choral singer and conductor in both western Canada and the US.  He has been a chorister in such ensembles as Luminous Voices, Pro Coro Canada, 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, conducting choirs and leading numerous musicals.  Previous conducting teachers have included Fred Stoltzfus, Chester Alwes, Leonard Ratzlaff, Henry Engbrecht, Frieder Bernius and Helmuth Rilling.  In 2013, David and his family moved to Manitoba where he became the Artistic Director of Pembina Trails Voices in Winnipeg.  Under his leadership, PTV’s female choir Cantemus received 2nd place, two years in a row, in the National Music Festival.  David’s choirs have also travelled internationally, performing in Brazil, China, and Cuba.  David and his family reside in Winnipeg, and are proud to call Manitoba home.













Christopher Kayler  |  Piano

Christopher Kayler is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach who is gaining recognition in Canada and the USA for his engaging performances. Recent performance highlights include masterclasses with Renée Fleming, numerous degree recitals at the Eastman School of Music, and a lecture-recital given both in Rochester NY and Winnipeg. He has pursued further education at the Vancouver International Song Institute, SongFest (Los Angeles), and the internationally renowned Franz Schubert Institut (Baden bei Wien, Austria). An experienced solo pianist, he won the U of Manitoba’s competition for most outstanding undergraduate performer, and was a featured soloist with the U of Manitoba's Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. He is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, studying Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music under the tutelage of Jean Barr, where he holds graduate awards as an accompanist, opera coach, and teacher's assistant. At Eastman, he also won awards for excellence in accompanying and musicology. 

Chris is also passionate about teaching vocalists and pianists of every age and ability. He was a mentor in the Professor Bach Project (Winnipeg, Brandon) and a teacher with the Community School of Music and the Arts (Canadian Mennonite University), as well as maintaining a small private studio. He loves vocal repertoire, theory, and music from all eras. Chris thoroughly enjoys helping young artists to develop their unique voice and to express themselves through music. He enjoys running, reading, eating cheese, and watching Dreamworks and Pixar movies.








Tracey Regier Sawatzky  |  Piano & Musicianship

Tracey has been an avid piano instructor over the last twenty years, maintaining teaching studios in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Illinois, Ohio, and Paraguay.  After winning the Saskatchewan Valley Rose Bowl as a young pianist, Tracey moved to Winnipeg to continue her piano studies.  Tracey received her Bachelor of Church Music degree in piano performance from Canadian Mennonite Bible College, and then transferred to Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo where she earned an Honours BMus degree with high distinction.  She studied vocal and instrumental accompanying, and Piano Pedagogy at the Beckett School of Music. 

Tracey currently is an instructor in the music department of Providence University College where she teaches piano and keyboard skills, coaches instrumental ensembles, and is the Administrator for the Performing Arts School.  She also teaches piano at Canadian Mennonite University and maintains an active private piano and theory studio.  Tracey is an active member of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association as well as the Canadian Music Teacher’s Association.  Tracey’s students have gone on to do exceptionally well in music festivals, achieved top honours with the Royal Conservatory of Music in piano and theory examinations, and have won at the Piano Concerto Competition held annually by the University of Manitoba Preparatory Studies.   Tracey also enjoys giving masterclasses, accompanying for choirs, and soloists. 

















Willie Wiebe  |  Guitar

Willie Wiebe has performed extensively in both solo and chamber settings. His varied performances have been aired nationally on both radio and television.

His solo recording, Time Travel, was received favourably across the country, and was presented in an hour-long feature on CBC’s The Music Room. Also on CBC, he performed a live broadcast on the Sunday noon series Arts Encounters, and was featured in their annual Governor General’s Christmas concert playing his own arrangements for guitar, voice and choir. He has been a featured soloist in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival.

Wiebe has taught classical guitar at Providence University College from 1983 to the present, as well as at his home, where he has taught children ages 7 – 70. Although the younger the student, the more gradual the learning, no year is wasted, since the technique learned in young hands is developed for life.

Since 2012, Willie has been performing for Artists in Healthcare at CancerCare in Steinbach. He performs regularly at corporate banquets, weddings, funerals and other public functions.

Willie has adjudicated at music festivals across the province as well as conducted guitar master classes for University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Music Conservatory.

Personal hobbies include flipping and tossing about in the air at 4000 feet in an aerobatic plane. He is a self-proclaimed “car-guy” and dreams of owning a Ferrari 458 “Italia” someday, knowing full-well he never will.








Amy Brown  |  Chapel & Camp Leader

Amy Brown is a recent graduate at Providence University with a Bachelor's in Worship Studies. Prior to her attendance at Providence, Amy spent two years singing at local venues in Nashville while attending college. She moved to Canada in January of 2014 and has been leading worship for various churches in the Manitoba and Saskatchewan area since then. She was involved in Providence's University Choir, Chamber Singers, and was leader of Providence's worship team, Aslan's Child, during the 2015-2016 school year. Her desire to pursue worship led Amy to a full- time, summer position in 2016 at Prairie Alliance Church where she was given many opportunities to minister to their Portage and Neepawa locations. Amy loves any opportunity where she can share her testimony and show how God has been able to use her love for music to further His kingdom. She hopes that her personal experiences and knowledge of music, as it applies to worship, will encourage students to pursue the callings that God may be placing on their hearts.  A few, fun facts about Amy is she grew up in New Mexico, can beat box, and has run a half marathon in -20 degree weather.

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