Greetings and concert season update

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November 25, 2022

Greetings Dear Friends of the Elmer Iseler Singers,

As we approach the most magical season of the year, we are getting in touch to wish you the joy and blessings of family and friends, as you gather to celebrate together and connect with each other.

Our organization has been very conscious of our Provincial Health Advisories and the subsequent requests to wear masks again in all upcoming indoor circumstances. Together with the knowledge of over-crowded hospitals and serious health concerns, we have made the difficult decision to not have an indoor reception for Sherry and Shortbread this December.

In celebration of the Season, very soon, you will receive an email with a link to a Seasonal Choral Video Greeting from Lydia Adams and the Elmer Iseler Singers, that will be available to view until December 25th.

The Elmer Iseler Singers move forward with our already advertised Handel’s Messiah at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church on Friday, December 9th at 7:30 p.m. This year we are delighted to present the VIVA Chamber Singers (18-30 yrs.), Carol Ratzlaff conductor, as our associate choir, following the EIS mentorship programme on-line throughout the Pandemic. The outstanding, award-winning soloists featured will be: Meredith Hall, Soprano; Andrea Ludwig, Mezzo-Soprano; Owen McCausland, Tenor; and Jorell Williams, Bass with orchestra. We hope you will join us. Audience members are requested to wear masks for health safety reasons. For tickets click the button below.

This fall we presented Timothy Corlis’ Om Saha Navavatu (May We all be Blessed) in our opening series concert “Walk and Touch Peace”. This commission and five subsequent Greater Toronto Area performances were supported by your donations, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. The World Premiere, in Toronto, of the major forty-five-minute choral composition, a sound journey, accompanied by healing instruments from around the world, received great critical acclaim from the audiences. These concert projects included the Youth of Agincourt Collegiate music students, Amanda Tulk-O’Reilly director and the Senior Dance Corp of Currie Hall, the Silver Swans with Annemarie Cabri. We are still reveling in the glorious sounds of Om Saha Navavatu

Recently we have also performed in three Ontario guest artist concerts: Grace United Church concert series in Thornbury, October 29th; St. John’s United Church concert series in Alliston, November 6th; and Brantford Music Club concert series at the Sanderson Centre, Brantford, November 20th. We were once again so proud to be asked to perform at the City of Toronto Remembrance Day Ceremony at Old City Hall on November 11th.

We look forward to your continued support as we plan for a spring concert of Canadian premieres, together with the John Rutter Requiem, with instruments, on Sunday, April 30th, 2023, at Eglinton St. George’s United Church, Toronto. 

We embrace the twice postponed tour of Atlantic Canada that includes Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island in March of 2023 with the hope of bringing the joy of choral music to the lives of Maritimers and especially those so devastated by the forceful effects of Hurricane Fiona.

There are many convenient ways to support the Elmer Iseler Singers:

❄️ on our website donation form
❄️ Canada Helps or PayPal Giving Fund
❄️ e-transfers to 
❄️ mail a cheque to: Elmer Iseler Singers
                                       2180 Bayview Ave.
                                        Toronto, ON M4N 3K7

We are so very grateful for your continuing support towards our possibilities and promises of future performances and touring as the Elmer Iseler Singers contribute to the growth and awareness of Canadian Choral Music.

We wish you all good health and contentment in 2023. 

Yours sincerely,

on behalf of the Elmer Iseler Singers’ Board of Directors

Jessie Iseler                         
General Manager
Elmer Iseler Singers