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UMEI Christian Vocal Choir Qualifies For National MusicFest Finals

The UMEI Choir outside of the Capitol Theatre

On Thursday, March 30, the UMEI Christian High School Vocal Choir participated in MusicFest Windsor at The Capitol Theatre.

MusicFest Windsor is a nonprofit music festival that promotes and celebrates creativity through artistic expression, community engagement, and musical leadership. It is an opportunity for students and educators across southwestern Ontario to share their musical achievements through a performance venue.

Music Director Erin Armstrong accompanies the UMEI choir on stage at MusicFest Windsor at the Capitol Theatre

“This was a great opportunity for our students to perform on a professional stage,” said Music Director Erin Armstrong. “These young people showed dedication and perseverance as they prepared for the competition.”

The UMEI Vocal Choir consists of 20 students from Grade 9 to Grade 12, some of whom entered high school with no prior vocal experience. “Mrs. Armstrong creates an environment where everyone wants to do their best,” said Grade 10 student Peter Martens.

Music Director Erin Armstrong leads the UMEI choir at the Capitol Theatre

The choir performed three pieces that were then adjudicated. They were celebrated specifically for their confidence, stage presence and projection. “It was great to hear that the judges were impressed by the sound our small choir can make!” said Grade 9 student Delaney Dault. “It was a really rewarding experience.”

UMEI was awarded Silver Plus, with an official invitation to perform at the 51st Annual MusicFest Canada Finals in Niagara Falls. Grade 12 student Maddie Enns was awarded the Outstanding Musician Award.

The UMEI Choir performs on stage at the Capitol Theatre as part of MusicFest Windsor

“We are so proud of our students for their hard work, which led to confidence and beautiful four-part harmony on the stage,” said Principal Sonya Bedal. “It’s safe to say that, after a short break during the pandemic, music is back in full swing at UMEI!”



  1. Rick Taves

    always loved the music at this school. So glad Erin Armstrong is in charge now.

  2. Mary-Ann Melinz

    Always exceptional in music, drama and almost everything they choose to share. Amazing school, dedicated staff. Congratulations.

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