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Upcoming Shows

Sat. December 2nd 7:30pm
@  Dunbar Ryerson United Church (All Ages)
CHEZ NOUS: CHRISTMAS WITH ELEKTRA Elektra Women's Choir $35 adults / $30 seniors / $15 students with valid ID (includes all taxes and fees)
Sun. December 3rd 3pm
@  Highlands United Church North Vancouver BC (All Ages)
CHEZ NOUS: CHRISTMAS WITH ELEKTRA Elektra Women's Choir $35 adults / $30 seniors / $15 students with valid ID (includes all taxes and fees)
Sat. March 3rd 7:30pm
@  Dunbar Ryerson United Church (All Ages)
FIRE FLOWERS Elektra Women's Choir $35 adults / $30 seniors / $15 students with valid ID (includes all taxes and fees)
Fri. May 4th 7:30pm
@  St. John's Shaughnessy Anglican Church (All Ages)
Elektra Women's Choir Free
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Past Shows

Sat. May 13th 2017
@  Ryerson United Church (All Ages)
Shining Light: Celebrating Women Composers Elektra Women's Choir
Wed. March 8th 2017
30th Anniversary Gala Concert Elektra Women's Choir, Isabel Bayrakdarian , Rebecca Wenham
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Elektra Women\'s Choir

Elektra Women's Choir

Confirmed: May. 22, 2012 (Awaiting Update)

Label: independent
choral from Vancouver BC

Contact Details

Bernice Slemko, General Manager
elektrawomen@yahoo.ca
604.739.1255

The mission of Elektra Women's Choir is to inspire and lead in the choral art form through excellence in performance and the creation, exploration, and celebration of women's repertoire. Under the collaboration of two world-class conductors, Elektra inspires a strong following through consistent excellence in performance and a rich palette of sound. This forty-voice choir was founded by Co-Conductors Morna Edmundson and Diane Loomer in 1987 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Elektra frequently commissions new works and is known for its adventurous and challenging programming. Upon the retirement of Diane Loomer as Co-Conductor, Morna Edmundson was appointed sole Artistic Director. Loomer has been named Conductor Emerita.

In Canada's CBC national choral competitions Elektra has won first prize for women's choirs five times, and other top prizes for performance of contemporary music. In July 2007, Elektra traveled to Festival 500 in St. John’s Newfoundland and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, sharing Canadian and international repertoire with enthusiastic audiences. Recent engagements include singing Rachmaninov’s monumental All-Night Vigil in Vancouver and White Rock in conjunction with other local choirs (April 2006) and in Victoria (as part of ChorPodium 2006). In 2003, Elektra made its second distinguished appearance at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, giving stunning performances in New York at Carnegie Hall, Riverside Church and Lincoln Center. In 2000, it performed in Edmonton, Alberta at Podium, the convention of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors, and also at the conference of the International Society for Music Education. In 1996, Elektra represented Canada at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney, Australia.

On April 14, 2007, Elektra celebrated its 20th anniversary with a very special concert in Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral. Programming included elements that honoured the past (inclusion of alumni from 20 years in the closing set), exposed the audiences and the choir to high points in historical development of women’s choir repertoire (music of Hasse from the Venetian Ospedali; Edward Elgar’s monumental The Snow), premiered specially commissioned works by two Vancouver composers Ramona Luengen and Jeffrey Ryan, featured Canadian mezzo soprano Judith Forst with whom Elektra had shared one of its most significant works in its history ten years previously, included violinist Nancy DiNovo with whom Elektra had recorded The Snow on compact disc, featured David MacIntyre’s Ave Maria, arguably Elektra’s most famous repertoire legacy worldwide to date, and introduced Vancouver audiences to a major European composer, György Orbán. This sold-out concert was broadcast on CBC Radio Two’s Choral Concert.

Elektra’s strong history of commissioning Canadian works includes over 40 compositions and arrangements in a wide variety of styles. Many of these works have been published and are included on the choir’s eight commercially available CDs. Elektra is proud that many of these works have been taken up by other Canadian and international treble voiced choirs in concerts around the world. Elektra created and hosts Tapestry, a gathering of women's choirs for an exhilarating weekend of rehearsing and performing together, as well as holding Composer Reading Sessions for young composers. Elektra regularly collaborates with the CBC, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, and other talented musicians. It is frequently heard on CBC Radio across Canada and on National Public Radio in the United States. Elektra is honoured to work with an outstanding accompanist, Dr. Stephen Smith.

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Current Lineup

NameRoleDates
Kelly ProznickAlto 2
Alison WirchAlto 1
Grace Van GauthierAlto 1
Laura Jeanne SoonAlto 1
Bernice SlemkoAlto 1
Kate PolskyAlto 1
Denise O'BrienAlto 1
Sheila LittleAlto 1
Arlene HiggsAlto 1
Karen DionneAlto 1
Stephanie ChingAlto 2
Maureen CiarnielloAlto 2
Angela LarsonAlto 2
Emily LeungAlto 1
Elyssa EspirituSoprano 2
Tanya BattagliaSoprano 2
Carmen RosenAlto 2
Corinne NorbratenAlto 2
Nancy Kim LeeAlto 2
Elisabeth FinchAlto 2
Rosalyn ClarkAlto 2
Taylor CollishawAlto 1
Julie CerantolaAlto 1
Alison TremblaySoprano 1
Karen SoonSoprano 1
Christy MahlbergSoprano 1
Catherine LeeSoprano 1
Holly KennedySoprano 1
Allison HulsteinSoprano 1
Grace FatkinSoprano 1
Nadina BugdenSoprano 1
Stephen Smithaccompanist
Janine UyesugiSoprano 1
Maggie Van SetersSoprano 1
Heidi AllenAlto 1
Moyra Van NusSoprano 2
Allison TremblaySoprano 2
Sandra PhillipsSoprano 2
Susan OhannesianSoprano 2
Kari MontesSoprano 2
Allison HulsteinSoprano 2
Grace GrootSoprano 2
Catherine Beddoes-HaeblerSoprano 2
Morna Edmundsonco-conductor1987-present

Past Members

NameRoleDates
Roseanna ChuSoprano 2?-2012
Jill HammSoprano 2?-2012
Karen MangSoprano 2?-2012
Maggie BurrAlto 2?-2012
Diane McConnellAlto 2?-2012
Elizabeth RathbunAlto 2?-2012
Diane Loomer (rip)co-founder / conductor1987-200
Status: Unknown
Contact Bernice Slemko, General Manager, for details. - Last confirmed May. 22, 2012