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Elektra Women's Choir
Elektra Women’s Choir, founded in 1987 by co-conductors Morna Edmundson and Diane Loomer, CM, is regarded as an international leader in the classical women’s choir movement. Its mandate is to inspire and lead in the choral art form through excellence in performance and through the creation, exploration and celebration of women’s repertoire. Elektra is known for adventurous programming, seeking out music written specifically for women and commissioning new works. Singers are selected by audition and share an enthusiasm for challenging repertoire.
In February 2003, Elektra appeared at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in New York, performing at Carnegie Hall, Riverside Church and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Centre. In July 2001, Elektra co-hosted AmericaFest 2001, a five-day festival which brought together hundreds of female singers from around the world to Seattle, Washington. In July 2000, the choir performed at both “Podium”, the biennial convention of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors and the ISME – International Society for Music Education’s Edmonton conference. In August 1996, Elektra represented Canada at the Fourth World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney, Australia.
Closer to home, Elektra has hosted two “Tapestry” weekends of women’s choir music, welcoming local and guest choirs. In 2003, the choir welcomed its first guest conductor, Spanish composer and conductor, Javier Busto, whose direction of Elektra was an overwhelming success. In April 2004, Elektra captured first place in the Equal Voice Women’s Category of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) National Competition for Amateur Choirs, marking the fifth time this choir has taken first prize since 1988.
Elektra collaborates with other local musical organizations such as CBC Radio, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Chor Leoni Men’s Choir. Elektra’s first CD, Elektra Women's Choir (1992), was nominated for a JUNO award. An all-Rheinberger recording was released on the Carus label in 1999 and an all-Canadian disc, Legacy, recorded for the Canadian Music Centre’s Centrediscs label, was released in the year 2000. Discs distributed on Canada’s Skylark Music label include Elektra Women’s Choir, Classic Elektra (1994), From the Heart (1996), A Ceremony of Carols (1997) and the choir’s latest CD, Child of Grace (2003). Elektra is heard on national public radio across Canada and the United States.
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