The Elmer Iseler Singers (EIS), conducted by artistic director Lydia Adams, enters its 41st Anniversary Season in 2019/20. This 20-voice fully-professional choral ensemble, founded by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler in 1979, has built an enviable reputation throughout Canada, the United States and internationally through concerts, and recordings — performing repertoire that spans 500 years, with a focus on Canadian composers.
EIS present a five-concert series in Toronto each season, and are featured at concerts, workshops, and festivals throughout Canada. Touring is also a major component of EIS activities with national tours, east and west, bi-annually, annual provincial tours and runouts. These events often engage community singers through workshops and in concert performances.
Annually, EIS sponsors choral workshops through their GET MUSIC! Educational Outreach Initiative for secondary school conductors and choirs, concluding with a joint public performance. They also work with university students, to mentor young conductors, who also join us in the joint public performance.
The Elmer Iseler Singers have recorded 15 CDs featuring Canadian music. EIS with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra were 2019 Grammy nominated and 2019 JUNO awarded for the brilliant Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Chandos CD recording, with Peter Oundjian, conducting. EIS are 2014 National Choral Award recipients and JUNO nominees for “Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance” for Dark Star Requiem with Tapestry Opera and Gryphon Trio in 2017 and for David Braid’s Corona Divinae Misericordiae with Patricia O’Callaghan in 2019.