District teachers help choir earn first place in National Music Festival

The University of Lethbridge Conservatory Ventus Women’s Choir has received a prestigious honour.

Under the direction of Lethbridge School District No. 51 teacher Regan Brooks, the choir was awarded first place in its category at the 2018 National Music Festival last month.

The National Music Festival and National Conference was hosted in Sackville, New Brunswick, at Mount Allison University, and brought together the best music students from every province to compete for the top prizes in Canada.

Brooks founded Ventus in 2015, and since then, the choir has grown to 30 talented adult singers from Lethbridge and the surrounding area. Ventus has won local and provincial festivals and has collaborated with many established choirs, as well as the Lethbridge Symphony. The choir has many activities planned this season, including competing in the CBC Amateur Choir Competition, with plans to perform at Choralfest in Calgary.

Ventus includes several Lethbridge School District No. 51 teachers, including Thea Costello, Karen Hudson, Elizabeth Appleton Olsen, Laura Witten and Artistic Director Regan Brooks.

Date posted: Sept. 11, 2018