Our next concert is on Oct 22, 2022: Walk and Touch Peace

Donald Bartle (1930 – 2022)

Donald Bartle
Donald Bartle
photo by Maura McGroarty

The Elmer Iseler Singers are saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Donald Bartle.

Donald was a founding member of the Festival Singers of Canada, singing in the historic 1954 opening performance of the choir at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. He sang with both Elmer Iseler and Lydia Adams in the Elmer Iseler Singers in his more than 50 year career as a professional choral singer. In November 2000, he accepted the first Elmer Iseler Singers’ Honorary Life Membership. The Elmer Iseler Singers send our deepest condolences to his wife, Jean, and to his entire family and many friends.

A video invitation from Lydia Adams

Click below to listen to Lydia Adams speak about the Elmer Iseler Singers’ online event, Strawberries and Champagne “At Home” – premiering this Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 4:00 pm EDT.

Thank you, so very much, for making our past EIS fundraisers resounding successes and hope you will join us, once again. The beauty of the music will enthrall your heart.

To receive your personal invitation, please consider a donation towards the work of the choir by a gift online with PayPal Giving FundCanada Helps or calling the EIS office at 416-217-0537. A 2022 donation tax receipt will be issued for the full amount of your donation.

If you are mailing in a cheque, please reply by email to info@elmeriselersingers.com with your response, noting this concert, by Friday, June 10, 2022 so that we can send you the Zoom invitation for this concert. Your donation will also give you access to our event replay to June 26, 2022.

!! Let’s get together Sunday, June 12th, 2022, at 4 p.m. !!

Strawberries in Champagne banner

Lydia Adams with Jean Stilwell on 96.3FM

We are thrilled that Jean Stilwell spoke with Lydia Adams on 96.3 FM on Tuesday morning about the EIS upcoming concert presentation, Songs of Light, premiering on Sunday, May 29th at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Thank you to Jean and the team at 96.3 FM Radio for making this interview available to our supporters.

Please listen to the interview here, to hear Lydia and Jean talk about Songs of Light!

To receive your personal invitation to this special Elmer Iseler Singers online concert, please consider a donation towards the work of the choir by a gift online with PayPal Giving FundCanada Helps or calling the EIS office at 416-217-0537. Your donation gives you access to our event replay from May 29 to June 11, 2022.

*For other ways to donate visit the EIS donate page.

A 2022 donation tax receipt will be issue for the full amount of your donation.

 

A personal invitation from Lydia Adams

Click below to listen to Lydia Adams speak about the Elmer Iseler Singers’ online concert, Songs of Light.

The Elmer Iseler Singers invite you to a very special online performance, Songs of Light, premiering at 4:00 on Sunday, May 29th, 2022.

A concert of glorious choral works with illuminating ‘behind the scenes’ conversation with the creators. Please join us for a one-of-a kind concert experience!

To receive your personal invitation, please consider a donation towards the work of the choir by a gift online with PayPal Giving FundCanada Helps or calling the EIS office at 416-217-0537. A 2022 donation tax receipt will be issued for the full amount of your donation.

If you are mailing in a cheque, please reply by email to info@elmeriselersingers.com with your response, noting this concert, by Thursday, May 26, 2022 so that we can send you the Zoom invitation for this concert. Your donation will also give you access to our event replay from May 27 to June 11, 2022.

Looking forward to having you join us at Songs of Light! 

Remembering Harry Freedman

Harry Freedman

April 5th, 2022 would have marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of Canada’s most versatile musicians and composers, Harry Freedman.

An English Horn and Oboe player in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and its first Composer in Residence, Harry was also a founder of the Canadian League of Composers (President, 1975-78), and of the Guild of Canadian Film Composers. As a film composer, he was awarded the Etrog (later renamed the Genie) for his music for the film ‘Act of the Heart’ in 1970.

Harry was the Jean Chalmers Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto in 1990-1991.

In recognition of his service to music in Canada, Harry Freedman was awarded the Order of Canada in 1984.

The Elmer Iseler Singers, joined by the Amadeus Chamber Singers with conductor Lydia Adams, were delighted to record an entire CD, entitled The Tokaido: The Choral Music of Harry Freedman, in 2005.

To remember Harry Freedman and to celebrate Spring, we offer you a musical gift from this CD, It Was A Lover And His Lass from Harry’s Songs from Shakespeare.

Songs From Shakespeare: II. It Was a Lover and his Lass from the album The Tokaido: The Choral Music of Harry Freedman. Conducted by Lydia Adams. Performed by Elmer Iseler Singers and Amadeus Chamber Singers.

We remember and celebrate you, Harry!

Happy Spring to all!

The Ukrainian National Anthem

National Anthem of Ukraine by The Elmer Iseler Singers

We honour and stand with the people of Ukraine in their battle for life, democratic rights, and freedom. Singing the Ukrainian National Anthem, The Elmer Iseler Singers Lydia Adams, conductor add their collective voice to the growing global message of hope and support – Ще не вмерла України і слава, і воля, Ще нам, браття молодії, усміхнеться доля.