Elektra Women’s Choir
With a mandate to inspire and lead in the choral art form through excellence in performance and through the creation, exploration and celebration of women’s repertoire, Vancouver’s renowned Elektra Women’s Choir has taken a leadership role in the international classical women’s choir movement. A multiple national award-winning ensemble, Elektra is known for its adventurous programming, seeking out music written specifically for women and frequently commissioning and recording new works. The choir has performed at numerous prestigious international choral events, including the 1996 World Symposium on Choral Music (Sydney Opera House) and the 2003 National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall and Riverside Church). Elektra offers a series of outreach programs annually, with a strong emphasis on encouraging and developing the skills of youth. These include the Mira Mentorship Program for High School Students, a Conductor Mentorship Program, Singing Workshops for women of all ages, Reading Sessions of New Works, and a new Choral Leadership for Young Women Workshop. The choir has released 11 recordings including its JUNO-nominated CD ‘Elektra Women’s Choir’. Elektra was founded in 1987 by co-conductors Morna Edmundson and the late Diane Loomer, C.M. In 2009 Morna Edmundson was appointed Artistic Director and Diane Loomer became Conductor Emerita. The choir is honoured to work with an outstanding accompanist, Dr. Stephen Smith.
Elektra Women’s Choir is proud to serve as the flagship choir for the campaign ‘sing all of us’ to make our Canadian national anthem gender inclusive by returning to the original intention of the lyrics first written in 1908. As women from all walks of life, we join with those who lead and participate in this initiative, and happily lend our voices to the cause!
Please visit Elektra at www.elektra.ca to learn more about us.