ELEKTRA WOMEN'S CHOIR was founded by co-directors Morna Edmundson and Diane Loomer in 1987 and is now regarded as a leader in the classical women’s choir movement worldwide. Its mandate is to inspire and lead in the choral art form through excellence in performance and through the creation, exploration, and celebration of women’s repertoire. Elektra is known for its adventurous programming, seeking out music written specifically for women and frequently commissioning new works. The singers are selected by audition and share an enthusiasm for challenging repertoire.
In February 2003, Elektra made its second distinguished
appearance at the National Convention of the American Choral
Directors Association. The choir gave stunning
performances at historic Carnegie Hall, Riverside Church and
Avery Fisher Hall. In July 2001, Elektra co-hosted AmericaFest
2001, a five-day festival devoted exclusively to women’s and
girls’ choirs, which brought together hundreds of singers from
around the world to Seattle, Washington. In July 2000, the
choir performed in Edmonton at both “Podium”, the biennial
convention of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors
and the ISME – International Society for Music Education –
conference. In August 1996, Elektra represented Canada at the
Fourth World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney, Australia.
Closer to home, Elektra hosted two “Tapestry” weekends of women’s choir music, welcoming local and guest choirs in rehearsal and public performance. Elektra was awarded first prize for women's choirs in four consecutive rounds of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's National Choral Competition, as well as several major prizes for performance of contemporary music. Elektra frequently collaborates with other local musical organizations such as CBC, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Chor Leoni Men’s Choir. Elektra’s first CD, Elektra Women's Choir (1992), was nominated for a JUNO award. Other discs distributed on the Skylark label in Canada and the US include Classic Elektra (1994), From the Heart and A Ceremony of Carols (1997). An all-Rheinberger recording was released on the Carus label in 1999 and an all-Canadian disc, Legacy, recorded for the Canadian Music Centre’s Centrediscs label, was released in the year 2000. Elektra is very proud of its new Christmas CD, Child of Grace. Elektra is frequently heard on CBC Radio across Canada and on National Public Radio in the United States.
Interested in joining Elektra Women's Choir? We are always looking for highly experienced and skilled choral singers for Elektra. Auditions are usually held in August and January, and can be arranged at other times of the year. Please read the following audition information prior to contacting the conductors.