About Us

Canzona is Manitoba’s premiere baroque choral ensemble. A love of baroque music prompted this 24 voice choir into being in 1989 under the direction of Henry Engbrecht. With new Artistic Director, Kathleen Allan, Canzona will continue to delve into the baroque masterworks of Bach and Handel while staying committed to introducing Manitoba audiences to lesser known baroque composers and works. Canzona is proud to have collaborated with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the MuskBarock Ensemble, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Nova and the University of Manitoba Singers.

Sponsors and Supporters

Canzona could not bring a single concert to an audience without the generous support of many sponsors and supporters. Thank you to all of those who make Canzona possible.

Season Sponsors

  • LBL Holdings

Granting Agencies

  • Manitoba Arts Council
  • Winnipeg Arts Council
  • The Winnipeg Foundation


  • Triple E Recreational Vehicles
  • Golden West
  • DREW Foundation
  • The W.H. & S.E. Loewen Foundation Inc.
  • The Kuhl Foundation Inc.
  • Harold Funk Architect
  • Bill and Margaret Fast Family Foundation Inc.

If you are interested in sponsoring Canzona, please contact us.

Board of Directors

Canzona’s Board of Directors supports the financial, marketing, administrative and operational needs of the choir.

  • Kathleen Allan – Artistic Director

  • Kirsten Schellenberg – Executive Director

  • Doug Pankratz – Executive Director

  • Greg Giesbrecht – President

  • Erica Minarik – Treasurer

  • Juanita Giesbrecht – Secretary

  • Kent Fast – Board Member

  • Kim Brown – Choir Representative

Contact us if you would like to assist the board of directors.


  • Manitoba Choral Association
  • Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba
  • Winnipeg Early Music Society
  • Musicnet