Elektra News

Participating Choirs in Choral Leadership Workshop announced!

Date: December 29, 2015

We’re excited to announce the participants in Elektra’s annual workshop for young singers: members of the BC Girls Choir and their new Zephyra Women’s Choir with director Fiona Blackburn, the Eric Hamber Secondary Women’s Choir with director Les Nerling, the Killarney Intermediate Girls Choir with director Lisa Reimer, Roots ‘N’ Wings Women’s Choir with director Dawn Pemberton and the UBC Women’s Choir with director Nathan Cook. It’s a full house and a new, evening format!

The public is … Read More

Sign Up Now for Elektra’s 2016 High School Outreach Programs

Date: October 19, 2015

High School Choral Teachers – Here’s how to involve your students in Elektra’s upcoming programs:
1) Mira Mentorship Program – Mira is an auditioned program focused on excellence.  For nearly a decade, we’ve given 12 accomplished high school singers the chance to rehearse and perform with Elektra in our spring concert.  From singing alongside the Elektra singers, working with Morna or international guest conductors, professional instrumentalists, premiering compositions, we’re proud to have provided unique and challenging opportunities to over 100 … Read More

Elektra celebrates its new Christmas CD!

Date: October 3, 2015

Elektra has released its 13th CD, a Christmas recording entitled Still. It features sacred and secular Christmas music by Elektra and guest artists Lorna McGhee (flute), David Owen (oboe), and the Borealis String Quartet. The disc weaves together familiar carols in outstanding arrangements, including Still, Still, Still, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Deck the Hall, and Noël Nouvelet with contemporary compositions by Canadian, American, British, Swiss, and Norwegian composers. The latter is the world premiere recording … Read More

Four Choirs – One Delightful Evening September 19th

Date: August 21, 2015

For eight decades, classical music aficionados have been coming to hear outstanding classical music at Ryerson United Church in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood.  The church is looking to the future – embarking on improvements that will serve Elektra and other choirs, chamber music and more in new and revitalized spaces.  “It’s a dream come true to be invited to be part of this conversation with Ryerson, to be asked what physical attributes a renovated Ryerson can have that will allow community-based Read More

Elektra is headed to Vernon!

Date: May 5, 2015

On Saturday, May 23rd, Elektra is delighted to be part of the North Okanagan Community Concert Series, taking place in the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre! Our Okanagan friends are warmly invited to see us perform in this lovely space. For more information and tickets please go to the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre website. We look forward to seeing you there!

List of repertoire for our Vernon appearance is as follows:

Ne po pogrebu Bochonochek Kataetsja                        … Read More

Guest choir Cantus talks Tapestry!

Date: April 19, 2015

From Cantus!

“It is with great expectation that Cantus travels to Canada to be a part of the festival! It is always exciting to meet new womens’ choirs, especially those who have high standards in their music performance. We are all looking forward to cooperating with other choral singers during our days spent in Vancouver. During this period we hope to develop good relationships with the other choirs and to explore new sound universes.”… Read More

Canzona Women’s Ensemble gears up for their Tapestry visit!

Date: April 16, 2015

In the words of some of the choristers of Canzona Women’s Ensemble, here are what they have to say in anticipation of their upcoming visit to Vancouver to participate in the 3rd Tapestry International Festival of Women’s Choirs:

“Having never been in Vancouver, and barely to Canada, I am excited to see a city that everyone tells me is fabulous. And to sing with 120 amazing women means it will be an exquisite experience. Can’t wait to see the … Read More

Tapestry guest choir Cantus wraps up tour in Vancouver

Date: April 9, 2015

Elektra is excited to host all three choirs coming for the 3rd Tapestry International Festival of Womens’ Choirs, who will be joining us at the end of April for 4 days, culminating in two concerts on May 1st (Choral Threads) and May 2nd (Gala Concert). One of our guest choirs, Cantus, is from Norway, and will be wrapping up their tour of North America by appearing at the Festival. Read more about their travels across the continent here!Read More

Introducing Guest Percussionist Beverley Johnston

Date: February 24, 2015

Percussionist Beverley Johnston has forged a groundbreaking artistic path, elevating the marimba to a new level and leaving a legacy of exciting new repertoire. Direct from Toronto for one performance only, she’s Elektra’s special guest artist for the Impulse concert on Saturday, March 14th. Come experience the artist that the Halifax’s Chronicle-Herald described as “…a whiz bang player with the soul of a poet… one of the most original and creative artists of our day.” Learn more about Beverley at… Read More

Elektra launches world premiere of Gjeilo’s ‘Northern Lights’

Date: February 7, 2015

Elektra is thrilled to announce the release of the world premiere audio recording of Ola Gjeilo’s new treble version of Northern Lights.  Written for and dedicated to Elektra by Gjeilo in 2014 and given its world premiere by the choir in November, this work is a stunning addition to the repertoire for women’s choirs.  Says Gjeilo, “I’m very excited and honored to have the women’s choir arrangement of my “Northern Lights” be given its first recording by the excellent … Read More