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The Thirty Top Picks

Elektra Women's Choir is delighted to bring you information and commentary on thirty of our favorite Canadian pieces for women's voices. We hope you and your choir will find something to give you and your audiences new challenges and enjoyment.  We believe there is music here for every women's choir - sacred, secular, accompanied, a cappella, Christmas music, lullabies, folk songs, the avant garde and the simple.  Where possible, we have included score excerpts and sound bytes of Elektra performing this music.  Links to composers and publishers should also be of help.  Of course, in choosing our "thirty top picks", we have reluctantly left out many other fine pieces. We hope you will use this resource as a starting point in your journey of discovery of Canada's excellent choral music.

Elektra Women's Choir would like to thank the Vancouver Foundation for their support of "Thirty Top Picks".

Vancouver Foundation

Feedback on the site is most welcome.  We look forward to hearing from you about your programming of these pieces.  Happy singing! 

Morna Edmundson and Diane Loomer, CM, Co-Directors, Elektra Women's Choir

The Thirty Picks:

Click on the titles below for information, sound bytes, and excerpts from the scores

Adam Lay Ybounden, Mathew Larkin.

Ah, si mon moine voulait danser, Donald Patriquin.

Ave Maria, David MacIntyre.

Ave Maris Stella, Chan Ka Nin.

Ave Verum Corpus, Imant Raminish.

Away from the Roll of the Sea, Allistair MacGillivary.

Carol for the Animals, Patrick Wedd.

Harp of Wild, Allan Bevan.

Huron Carol, Edward Henderson.

I Saw Three Ships, Edward Henderson.

I Went to Market, Donald Patriquin.

J'entends le moulin, Donald Patriquin.

Lake Isle of Innisfree, Eleanor Daley.

The Log Driver's Waltz, Wade Hemsworth.

Lullaby, Keith Hamel.

Missa Brevis, Nancy Telfer.

Missa Brevis, Ramona Luengen.

Psalm Trilogy, Srul Irving Glick.

Salem, 1692, Keith Hamel.

Salve Regina, Ramona Luengen.

She's Like the Swallow, Stephen Chatman.

She's Like the Swallow, Stephen Smith.

Sir Christëmas, Derek Holman.

Snowforms, R. Murray Schafer.

To Morning, Allan Bevan.

The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy, Stephen Hatfield.

Wood River, Connie Kaldor.

What Sweeter Music, Eleanor Daley.


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