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David Sawatzky

Dr. David Sawatzky is an avid choral director and singer, having been a member of some of Canada’s premier choral ensembles. David is Associate Professor of Music at Providence University College where he conducts the University Choir and Providence Chamber Singers. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of Exaudi Chamber Choir based in Steinbach, Manitoba, and the new Vice President of the Eastman Choral Association where he directs the Community Chorus. As a singer he has been a member of such ensembles as Calgary’s Luminous 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, he spent several years as Assistant Professor of Music at Bluffton University in Ohio. After returning to Winnipeg, he was also 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.  For more information, visit his website at

  • 312.34 Music of the Early 20th Century
  • 313.11 Conducting I
  • 316.20 University Choir
  • 316.21 Providence Chamber Singers
  • 315.11 Music in Christian Worship
  • 315.22 Topics in Music Pedagogy

University of Illinois (US)

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), Choral Conducting and Literature


University of Alberta (AB)

Master of Music (M.Mus.), Choral Conducting


University of Manitoba (MB)

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), Voice


Canadian Mennonite Bible College (MB)

Bachelor's Degree (B.A.), Church Music



  • Providence University College, Faculty (since 2017)


  • Pembina Trails Voices, Artistic Director (2013-2017)
  • Providence University College, Adjunct Faculty (2013-2017)
  • Red Deer College,  Instructor in Music (2012-2013)
  • Bluffton University, Assistant Professor of Music (2006-2011)
  • Central Illinois Children’s Chorus, Conductor (2004-2006)
  • St. David’s Welsh Male Choir, Conductor (2001-2004)
  • Pro Coro Canada, Chorister (2001-2004)
  • Winnipeg Singers, Chorister (1998-2000)
  • North Kildonan Mennonite Church, Music Leader (1998-2000)

Professional Associations

  • Choral Canada
  • MCA (Manitoba Choral Association)
  • MMEA (Manitoba Music Educators' Association)
  • AMAF (Associated Manitoba Arts Festival)
  • ACDA (American Choral Directors Association)
  • IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music)

Select Awards

  • 2015, 2016: National Music Festival, 2nd place, Pembina Trails Voices - Cantemus
  • 2005: Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant
  • 2001: Logie Drew Scholarship in Choral Conducting
  • 2000, 2001: Beryl Barns Memorial Scholarship in Music Performance


  • An Analysis of Graphic Notation and its Impact on Conducting Gesture in Selected Works of R. Murray Schafer., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2012