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Elmer Iseler Singers

 Elmer Iseler Singers

Mixed Choral Chorus from Toronto, ON, Canada.

Based in Toronto, the Elmer Iseler Singers is considered to be Canada's foremost professional chamber choir with an enviable international reputation since its debut performance in 1979. Now conducted by Dr. Lydia Adams, the group was founded by and nurtured under the direction of the late Dr. Elmer Iseler, the "Dean of Canadian Choral Conductors."

The Elmer Iseler Singers organization is celebrating its 32nd season in 2010-2011. This 20-voice, fully professional choir has performed throughout Canada and the United States as well as internationally. With repertoire that spans 500 years of choral music, the Elmer Iseler Singers are known for their beauty of tone and wide interpretive range. The choir regularly commissions and performs new works, and is frequently involved in radio and television broadcasts and a variety of recording projects. The Elmer Iseler Singers have appeared at several national and international festivals, including the Canada in Holland Festival, the Joy of Singing International Choral Festival in Toronto, Festival 500 in Newfoundland, International Choral Kathaumixw in British Columbia, Colours of Music Fall Festival in Barrie, Chamberfest in Ottawa, the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, the Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music in Minneapolis, the Toronto International Bach Festival. In March of 2007, the choir appeared at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Miami, USA representing Canada and 8 Canadian composers in 3 showcases for 5,000 international delegates.

The Singers are highly valued for their contributions to master classes and workshops for schools and community choirs. For 10 years from 1997 to 2007 the Elmer Iseler Singers was the professional Choir-In-Residence at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, through the Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting under the baton of Dr. Doreen Rao. Currently the Elmer Iseler Singers GET MUSIC! Educational Outreach Initiative in Memory of John C. Bird involves secondary schools and the local school boards as participants. It expands on the history of the Elmer Iseler Singers workshops with the expertise, unique approach and dedication of the now vibrant and inspiring Lydia Adams - clinician/conductor of GET MUSIC! together with the high digital recording hands-on student mentorship of professional recording engineers.

The Legacy of the Elmer Iseler Singers has set standards for all choirs. For 32 years the organization has been a leader, in Canada and internationally, of excellence in choral singing, in creation and performance of new works and has led the way in touring, broadcasting, recording and performing throughout the small and large centers of Ontario, Canada and U.S. They believe passionately that when they bring a programme to audiences in different regions, they will touch their lives in a meaningful way.

The Elmer Iseler Singers has recorded extensively and has had a profound impact on the international artistic field, with a discography of over 50 recordings. This has been the backbone of repertoire development for conductors and choirs throughout Ontario, Canada and worldwide.

Currently the choir self presents a 5 concert series in Toronto, mounts 40-60 other engagements annually through collaborations, networking and cross-promoting with Toronto, regional and national arts groups.


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Elmer Iseler Singers : Spirituals : 1 CD : Elmer Iseler :  : MQS 81115

Elmer Iseler Singers : Spirituals

Review: Internationally renowned for their expressive phrasing and luxurious tone, The Elmer Iseler Singers present sixteen traditional spirituals, including Go Down Moses, Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen, and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.

Songlist: Ain'a that Good News, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Ol' Time Religion, Mary Had A Baby, Git On Board, Go Down Moses, Listen to de Lambs, Aint' Got Time To Die, Go, Tell it on the Mountain, Deep River, Poor Man Lazrus, Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen, Same Train, Lit'le David, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Let Me Fly

6202c | 1 CD | $16.95 Spirituals CDs

Elmer Iseler Singers : Gloria - Sacred Choral Works : 1 CD : Elmer Iseler :  : MVCD 1058

Elmer Iseler Singers : Gloria - Sacred Choral Works

Review: The ''sound'' of the Elmer Iseler Singers, has been described as a fleeting moment of almost ineffable beauty and passion. Elmer Iseler was a man of deep faith, and he professed it in an unusual way: by fashioning a choral instrument, a highly accomplished professional group. The sacred works collected here are varied and touch upon some of the most passionate and poetic humanistic ideals. In this release, Maestro Iseler honours landmarks of the French repertoire by Durufle, Milhaud, Poulenc and Messiaen. He also features classic works from our time by his own living colleagues - Canadian composers Barrie Cabena, Harry Freedman, Ruth Watson Henderson and Syd Robinovitch.

Songlist: Quatre Motets Sur Des Themes Gregoriens, Pasumes - 114 and 115, Messe En Sol Majeur, O Sacrum Convivium, Prayer Of St. Francis, God The Master Of The Scene, Missa Brevis, Talmud Suite

8458c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella Early Music CDs

Elmer Iseler Singers : Puer Natus in Bethlehem, Alleluia : 1 CD : Elmer Iseler :  : MVCD 1165

Elmer Iseler Singers : Puer Natus in Bethlehem, Alleluia

Review: The Iseler Singers perform carols by Canadian composers commissioned for this recording - four original compositions, an arrangement of the Huron Carol and eleven new arrangements of carols from the 1582 collection, "Piae Cantiones" by the Swedish monk, Theodoricus Petrus of Nyland. Published in England in 1853, its timeless melodies have permeated the church music of the English-speaking world. According to Ken Winters' informative liner notes the only work on the program not commissioned by the Singers is Healey Willan's miniature masterpiece, Resonet in Laudibus, also from "Piae Cantiones". Each carol is a highly individual exploration of musical beauty. Exquisite dissonances propel Eleanor Daley's harmonization of Ave Maris Stella; Eric Robertson astonishes with his symphonic vision of Puer Natus in Bethlehem; Derek Holman's modal counterpoint to the syncopations of Gaudete bursts with energy; Donald Patriquin's folk song treatment of Puer Nobis Nascitur is fresh and unexpected; Peter Togni's arrangement of Corde Natus - Of the Father's love begotten moves with deft assurance from two-part simplicity to a grand multiphonic concluding Amen.

Songlist: Ave Maris Stella, Gaudete!, In the Bleak Mid-winter, A Christmas Lullaby, Angelus ad Virginem, In Dulci Jubilo, Jumalisten joucko, The Huron Carol, Christmas Lullaby, Puer Nobis Nascitur, Puer Natus in Bethlehem, Laetetur Jerusalem, Paranymphus Adiens, Corde Natus, Of the Father's Love Begotten, Waye Not His Cribb, Verbum Caro Factum Est, Resonet in Laudibus, Christmas Song 14th Century, Un Instant Mystique (A Boy is Born)

8457c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Elmer Iseler Singers : Welcome Yule! : 1 CD : Elmer Iseler :  : SMCD 5055

Elmer Iseler Singers : Welcome Yule!

Review: This recording features the contributions of several Canadians to the caroling genre, as composers of new carols and arrangers of old ones. From the perennially beautiful O Come All Ye Faithful and The Holly and the Ivy to the 14th century German Christmas Song, better known as "Joseph, lieber Joseph", this is a lively recording by one of Canada's most loved choirs. Derek Holman's rollicking arrangement of Deck the Halls shows off its insouciance by capturing an unmistakable tipsiness which very likely did accompany the decking of those particular halls. Two of the arranged carols are especially notable: The Huron Carol, known as Canada's first Christmas Carol (1642), is sung here in Robert Anderson's arrangement; and a rare Nova Scotia variant of the Cherry Tree Carol collected by Helen Creighton and arranged by Louis Applebaum.

Songlist: O Come All Ye Faithful, The Echo Carol, The Holly And The Ivy, Noel Cest L'Amour, Good Christian Men Rejoice, Mary Is A Lady Bright, Welcome Yule, Lullaby For The Christ Child, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, A Canadian Christmas Carol, The Huron Carol, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, Deck The Halls, Christmas Song Of The 14th Century, Masters In This Hall, What Is This Lovely Fragrance, Cherry Tree Carol `, Il Est Ne Divin Enfant, The Golden Vase Carol, Variations On The Sussex Carol, Hodie Christus Natus Est, Angelus ad Virginem, Away In A Manger, We Wish You A Merry Christmas

8459c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

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