Saturday, March 14, 2020
Knox United Church, Parksville. Concert at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm
Based in Toronto, Ontario, the Elmer Iseler Singers have developed an enviable and acclaimed reputation throughout Canada, the United States and internationally. The 20-voice professional choir, founded by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler in 1979, boasts a performance repertoire that spans 500 years, with a focus on Canadian composers, through concerts, broadcasts and recordings.
Added to the EIS’s busy concert schedule, the choir sponsors annual choral workshops through their GET MUSIC! Educational Outreach Initiative for secondary school conductors and choirs, with joint public performances as a wrap-up to the workshop sessions.
Touring is a major part of the EIS work. In the 2016-2017 season, the choir scheduled two multi-city tours – one to Atlantic Canada and one to Western Canada (including Oceanside Classical Concerts at Knox, Parksville BC).
Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr. Lydia Adams, is a native of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Dr. Adams received her music education at Mount Allison University, New Brunswick; the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio, London, England. Extensive tours and guest conducting appearances across Canada and the United States recently included a tour of the world’s first Cree opera, Pimooteewin: The Journey, by Tomson Highway and Melissa Hui.
Dr. Adams’ innovative programming has included over 50 new commissions in the past 13 years. Accolades are given to Dr. Adams as composer, too. Her compositions are performed worldwide. In addition to her position with EIS, Dr. Adams is Conductor and Artistic Director of the Amadeus Choir in Toronto.
Awards for the Elmer Iseler Singers include the 2014 National Choral Award and a 2017 Juno nomination for “Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance.”
The late Dr. Elmer Iseler, the choir’s founder, is deemed the most decorated musician in Canada, and was honoured with awards nationally and internationally. Dr. Iseler is credited with having achieved a sound and technique in choral singing that was unparalleled in Canada. He established a benchmark in Canadian choral music, to which other choirs across the country, and internationally, aspire.
The Elmer Iseler Singers celebrate their 40th Anniversary during this 2018-2019 season.
ELMER ISELER Choral Visionary, a biography by Walter Pitman, O.C., O.On.
The Elmer Iseler Singers’ website
Dr. Lydia Adams, website