Elektra Women’s Choir from Vancouver, Canada has been a leader among women’s choirs since 1987. Its mandate 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 direction of Artistic Director Morna Edmundson, the 48-voice adult choir is known for its adventurous programming, seeking out music written specifically for women and frequently commissioning new works.
Elektra delivers its mandate through an annual concert series including new and commissioned works and featuring outstanding guest artists. In addition to performing worthy repertoire from the past, Elektra has commissioned over 90 compositions and arrangements. The choir’s recordings on iTunes and CD Baby extend the reach of its repertoire internationally. Elektra’s 14th CD, Your One and Only Life was released in 2017 – a collection of 15 tracks including many world premiere recordings of Canadian works for women’s voices. Elektra’s website offers a permanent repertoire resource featuring all works programmed by the choir to date.
Elektra’s celebrated outreach programs encourage, train, and mentor the next generation of singers, conductors, and composers.
A multiple national prize-winning ensemble, Elektra has been honoured to perform at conferences of Choral Canada, the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the International Society for Music Education, as well as the International Federation for Choral Music , where it appeared at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney (1996) and Barcelona (2017). In the summer of 2018, Elektra was one of five choirs from across the country to perform in “…float…”, Choral Canada’s unique, outdoor immersive performance experience, funded by the Canada Council’s New Chapter program.