Tour 2019: Con Brio Whistler Festival
$200.00 Deposit Due Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Band 8, Band 9, Band 10, Senior Concert Band, Junior Jazz Ensemble, Senior Jazz Ensemble, Redhawk Voices, Senior Concert Choir, Poppy Vox

September 28, 2018

Dear Poppy Music Parents and Students:

We are very excited to be taking the entire DW Poppy Music department to the Con Brio Music Festival in Whistler for May 2-5, 2019. Music trips such as this allow them to not only share their music with others who would not get a chance to hear them, but also to experience some of the travel that is part of a professional musician’s life.  This festival will offer tremendous opportunities to grow musically through the performances, workshops, clinics, and listening to other student musicians.

The cost of the tour will be approximately $600.00 for three nights’ accommodation, three dinners, three breakfasts, transportation, adjudicated performances for all ensembles, workshops for each ensemble, instrumental and vocal master classes, student social, two evening performances, and the massed choir and massed bands.  Students will need to have spending money to cover the cost of lunches, which students will be able to purchase at any number of restaurants in Whistler Village.  It is very challenging to program the festival around the 9 ensembles we are planning on taking so we expect costs and details to fluctuate based on the number of students attending the festival.

Thanks to our incredibly supportive music parents, we will be running a number of fundraisers this year including poinsettias, coffee and the ever-popular Neufeld Farms. Many students still have funds in their fundraising accounts from last year and in past, many students have been able to completely cover tour costs through our fundraising activities. If finances are of concern, please contact Mr. Follett via email as we may be able to offer partial support for some students.

Please pay the deposit of $200.00 by Tuesday, October 16 to confirm your child’s participation. This is available through the Schools Cash Online system, but if you are not able to pay online, please pay at the school office. If your child is unable to participate, please let us know as well so we can make plans based upon accurate numbers.

If you are interested in supporting the students’ efforts to participate in the world-class Whistler Music Festival as a chaperone, please contact Mr. Follett at We’re looking forward to an incredible trip this spring so if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. Thanks so much for your ongoing support of your child’s interest in music!

Mark & Wayne


The trip is being booked through Ellison Travel and Tours. Final times and activities are subject to our performance schedule in Whistler and prices are subject to student participation.

  • Thursday, May 2
    • Depart from DW Poppy for Whistler after school and check-in to hotel in Whistler
    • Dinner in Whistler together – Time & Location TBA
    • Festival-Wide Student Welcome Event
  • Friday, May 3
    • Breakfast Provided as part of Whistler Festival
    • Concert Band and Redhawk Voices Performances and Workshops
    • Students get own lunch in Whistler in groups (Subway etc.)
    • Dinner in Whistler together – Time & Location TBA
    • Evening Jazz Concert
  • Saturday, May 4
    • Breakfast provided as part of Whistler Festival
    • Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz Performances and Workshops
    • Concert Band Master Class
    • Vocal Master Classes
    • Students get own lunch in Whistler in groups (Subway etc.)
    • Activities in Whistler – TBA – Will include some free time in groups in Whistler.
    • Dinner in Whistler together – Time & Location TBA
    • Gala Festival Faculty Concert
  • Sunday, May 5
    • Breakfast provided as part of Whistler Festival
    • Massed Band/Choir Performances
    • Students get own lunch in Whistler in groups (Subway etc.)
    • Depart from Whistler for DW Poppy to arrive home mid-afternoon