On Tuesday, January 30, the Canadian Senate passed a bill which approved a change to Canada’s National Anthem to reflect more inclusive, gender-neutral language. From this point on, we will now sing ‘in all of us command’ rather than the dated language of ‘in all thy sons command’. Elektra was proud to be part of the campaign to spearhead this important shift, and congratulates all those who led the way. In particular, we thank Senator Nancy Ruth – long time … Read More
In July of 2017, Elektra went on tour to the South of France and to Barcelona for the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music. We couldn’t have been be more excited to fly the Canadian flag at such a prestigious event! We invited our family and friends along with us – virtually – by writing a Tour blog, where we posted stories and pictures on a daily basis as we wound our way through Europe.… Read More
Elektra members were keenly listening to CBC Radio’s Choral Concert program on the morning of Sunday, June 25th, intent on learning who would place first in Equal Voice Women’s Choir category of Choral Canada’s National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, and were thrilled to learn that we had taken the honour! A shout out to our fellow women’s choirs in the category – we were up against stiff competition – sure signs of a thriving national choral community. For those … Read More
Celebrated Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian is bringing a musical project very dear to her heart to Vancouver when she performs with Elektra in the choir’s 30th Anniversary Gala Concert at the Chan Centre on Wednesday, March 8. Says Artistic Director Morna Edmundson, “When I first met Isabel in 2015, she mentioned that she was working on a project bringing together hymns from her personal heritage, the Armenian Apostolic Church. The hymns themselves, all in praise of the Virgin … Read More
Thanks to generous grants from the Vancouver Foundation and the BC Arts Council, Elektra is thrilled to announce a three-year program creating opportunities for women composers. From commissions to residencies, programming and profile, over the next three seasons, Elektra will be shining a spotlight on emerging and established women composers. Read more here and contact us to be added to the mailing list as further information becomes available.… Read More
Elektra is thrilled to be selected alongside choirs from across Canada to contribute to a unique CD being produced in 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150 Anniversary. The purpose of Choeurs d’ici, chansons d’ici, a project of Radio-Canada, is to highlight popular and traditional francophone songs as performed by Canadian amateur choirs. In the spring, Elektra and Radio-Canada’s program ICI Musique will collaborate on the recording of a new track for the CD. For more information on the competition … Read More
Every three years, Elektra welcomes up to three choirs from around the world to its Tapestry International Celebration of Women’s Choirs. In the Spring of 2018 Elektra will again host this signature event – do you have a choir interested in coming to join us in Vancouver for Tapestry? If so, please visit our Tapestry page for more details and Call for Applications here!