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The Agassiz Chamber Music Festival was founded by cellist Paul Marleyn, the Festival’s Artistic Director, in collaboration with the University of Manitoba School of Music (now The Desautel Faculty of Music) in June 1999. The Festival is named after Lake Agassiz, the ancient and vast lake that covered large parts of Manitoba as well as parts of Alberta, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Ontario.


Paul Marleyn’s vision for the Festival is to provide concerts of an international level in what was once part of Lake Agassiz - in the very centre of the Canada, i.e., Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Festival considers it a great privilege to invite internationally acclaimed artists to perform and share their artistry and passion with Manitoba artists and audiences. The Festival has built a stellar reputation for chamber music initiatives in Manitoba. In 2004 the Festival collaborated with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation in the premier performance of Andrew Balfour’s "The Voice of the Lake" and in 2010 the Festival organized a SOCAN sponsored Composer Residency with Steven Gellman.

The Festival has been instrumental in the presentation of the International Cello Festival of Canada in 2011 and in 2014 in collaboration with the Winnipeg Arts Council. In addition to performances of cello sonatas and concertos, both cello festivals featured master classes, competitions, outdoor performances and premieres of cello orchestral works: a double cello concerto by Jocelyn Morlock in 2011 and a triple cello concerto by Vincent Ho in 2014.


To date the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival has premiered 12 commissioned works by Canadian composers and has performed an additional 29 Canadian works.


The Agassiz Chamber Music Festival provides:

  • learning opportunities with informal talks and interviews during concerts

  • master class opportunities with esteemed performers

  • performance opportunities for works of living composers in Winnipeg and Manitoba

  • a wide spectrum of chamber music masterworks and rarely heard works

  • opportunities for emerging artists to present their work in recital and to work with established artists

Who We Are


Agassiz Music Inc.

Rita Menzies - President

Allan Whicker - Treasurer

Susan Harasym - Secretary

Paul Marleyn - Past President


Spencer Duncanson

William Gange

Paul Marleyn

Anne Ratuski

Nicola Schaefer

Andrea Ratuski

Lori Stewart


Paul Marleyn - Artistic Director

Keren Canché - Assistant Artistic Director

Reid Harrison - General Manager

Andrea Spiers - Graphic & Website Design

Paul Vinluan - Stage Manager

Susan Bond - Marketing Consultant

Ivan Hughes - Videographer

Dan Donahue - Audio Technician

General Manager – Job Opportunity


Agassiz Chamber Music Festival


The Agassiz Chamber Music Festival is seeking an energetic, competent and friendly individual to serve as General Manager for Agassiz Music, Inc.  Work experience in the arts or in the cultural sector would be an advantage.  The applicant must have ability to drive projects forward and deliver work as part of a team toward a shared set of goals and demonstrate competence with regards to accounting procedures and practices.  All work is done from home of the applicant using her or his own computer and printer.


The annual Festival takes place in June. The activities of the General Manager and the meetings with committees and board carry on throughout the year.


  1. Participates in the ongoing development of the strategic plan, in collaboration with the Artistic Director and the Board

  2. Develops a budget for the Festival in consultation with the Artistic Director and Executive, and with final approval from the Board.  The General Manager works within the framework of that budget

  3. Prepares grant applications and sources out new funding opportunities.

  4. Assumes responsibility for all licenses and contracts – including artist contracts, any CBC contracts and venue contracts.

  5. Works with the Artistic Director assuming responsibility for concert production – books concert and rehearsal venues, sources people for recording and livestreaming, checks sound and lighting requirements, books piano tunings, keeps track of rehearsal schedules. Books hotels for artists and with assistance from the Volunteer Coordinator ensures all artists chauffeuring arrangements are organized

  6. Works with the Artistic Director and Executive, assessing ability to hire a marketing manager. 

  7. Works with the Chair of Marketing and Artistic Director - establishes goals, develops a marketing plan for the Festival and the Fundraiser and provides information in establishing a budget. This plan, with assistance from the graphic artist and the social media person, would include responsibility for updated website, press releases, interviews with the media, public service announcements, coordinating distribution of publicity materials and producing a printed or digital program. The GM organizes ticketing matters and keeps accurate records of ticket information.  The GM is responsible for maintaining the overall branding, image and design of the Agassiz brand in all public communication.

  8. Works with the Chair of Fundraising, developing a fundraising plan - provides information for establishing budget and fundraising goals for corporate as well as private fundraising, endowment gifts and special fundraising projects.  This includes providing donor information, preparing letters and enclosures for digital and snail mail circulation, emailing invitations for receptions and organizing board acknowledgements for donations.  Sources best prices for products, services and equipment rentals as related to receptions.  Accurate record keeping is required. 

  9. Supports the work of the Volunteer Coordinator who looks after front of house requirements and chauffeuring of artists.

  10.  Serves as an ex-officio member on the Board and its committees.

The General Manager shall report to the President of Agassiz Music, Inc.  The position is renewed on an annual basis coinciding with the organization’s fiscal year, September 1 to August 31.  For the current year, the contract would run January 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022 (with adjusted pay scale).



Position Qualifications:

  • Arts Administration experience

  • Ability to do all work from home residence

  • Initiative, strong problem solving and organizational skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to handle multiple priorities in stressful situations

  • Time management skills

  • Negotiating skills

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including days, evenings, and weekends as required

  • Technically literate


Salary Range: $12,000-$15,000 annually (depending on website posting and social media expertise)

To apply, please send a cover letter and resumé to the attention of Rita Menzies, President, at