This Friday – Handel’s Messiah

Conductor Lydia Adams invites you to join the Elmer Iseler Singers and special guest artists VIVA Chamber Singers, soprano Meredith Hall, mezzo-soprano Andrea Ludwig, tenor Owen McCausland and bass Jorell Williams with orchestra, as we sing the brilliant and timeless masterpiece by George Frederick Handel, Messiah – this coming Friday, December 9th at 7:30 p.m. at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto, 1585 Yonge Street (north of St. Clair). Don’t miss this night to remember!

Greetings and concert season update

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

Introducing the Guest Choir and Soloists joining us on December 9th for Handel’s Messiah

The Elmer Iseler Singers are looking forward to returning to Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto on Friday, December 9th at 7:30 pm to share the rich textures of the solos and the glorious choruses of Handel’s resplendent Messiah, with special guest choir – The VIVA Chamber Singers of Toronto, and award winning soloists: Meredith Hall – Soprano; Andrea Ludwig – Mezzo Soprano; Owen McCausland – Tenor; and Jorell Williams – Bass.

VIVA Chamber Singers

After two years of online mentorship and training with the VIVA Chamber Singers, we are so excited to come together in person.

The VIVA Chamber Singers (an SATB chamber choir) is comprised of experienced and highly-skilled singers who are young professionals, post-secondary students, and senior high school students.

VIVA was founded in 2000 by Carol Woodward Ratzlaff in response to widespread cuts to public school arts programs. As a lifelong vocal music educator, she believes that every person should have access to a singing experience. With this in mind, VIVA is committed to putting chorister voice at the forefront of their organization through the core values of choral performance artistry, choral creation and vocal music education, inclusive choral practices, choral leadership and mentoring, and community connections.

Meredith Hall, Soprano

Meredith Hall – Soprano

Canadian soprano Meredith Hall last performed Handel’s Messiah with the Elmer Iseler Singer in 2018 and we can’t be more delighted to have her back on stage with us! 

As always, Canadian soprano Hall used her shimmering voice as a vessel for eloquent storytelling. She caressed words, in several languages, as she communicated the essence of the texts.” — The Plain Dealer, Donald Rosenberg [Apollo’s Fire Celtic Christmas]

Andrea Ludwig, Mezzo Soprano

Andrea Ludwig – Mezzo Soprano

Juno-nominated mezzo soprano Andrea Ludwig is an artist of tremendous depth, musicality and scope. She has been an integral part of the Elmer Iseler Singer for many years, you won’t want to miss her!

Ludwig, with her warm voice and unpretentious musicality, neither over dramatic nor inexpressive, but intuitive and brimming with her complete mastery of meaning, born of a profound understanding of the text, overwhelmed us with astonishment.” – Stephen Pedersen, Halifax Chronicle

Owen McCausland, Tenor

Owen McCausland – Tenor

Canadian tenor Owen McCausland is increasingly in demand for engagements with both opera companies and symphonies across North America. As an alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio – He is sure to delight!

His tone is wonderfully broad for a tenor and he shaped the phrasing with clever restraint.” – Lev Brotishenko, Montreal Gazette

Jorell Williams, Bass

Jorell Williams – Bass

Jorell Williams has been hailed by Opera News as having “a solid vocal core and easy, natural production” and the New York Times for being “magnificent” and “rich toned”. He is an advocate for artist rights and is a newly appointed artistic council advisor for On-Site Opera and the new music board for the Brooklyn Art Song Society, using his experience to consult with arts organizations on their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. 

Last year he performed Handel’s Messiah with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and we are so excited to have him with us this year!

NEW: Tickets are now available online for purchase, click the button below.

Handel’s Messiah

Friday, December 9, 2022 at 7:30 pm EDT
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
1585 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M4T 1Z9

For more information visit our click here for our event webpage.

The Elmer Iseler Singers respectfully request that all audience members wear masks.

Tickets ($55, $50, $35), click here or call 416-217-0537

A personal invitation from Lydia Adams

Click below to listen to Lydia Adams speak about the Elmer Iseler Singers’ first in-person event of the 2022-2023 concert season, Walk and Touch Peace, featuring the world premiere Om Saha Nāvavatu (may we all be protected and blessed) by Canadian composer Timothy Corlis on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 4:00 pm EDT.

Elmer Iseler Singers’ Artistic Director Lydia Adams is thrilled to invite you to the Elmer Iseler Singers’ opening concert of their 44th Toronto Concert Season with a stunning choral music program inspired by the reflective journeys of composers and poets seeking the heart and soul of beauty. The performance, titled Walk and Touch Peace, takes place at Eglinton St. George’s United Church on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 4:00 pm.

The concert—without intermission—includes Three Motets to Our Lady by Healey Willan, Sun on Water by Hussein Janmohamed (Kenya/Canada), Melodia by Myroslav Skoryk (Ukraine), Long Road by Eriks Ešenvalds (Latvia), and the world premiere of the meditational sound journey Om Saha Nāvavatu by Timothy Corlis.

NEW: Tickets are now available online for purchase on the Elmer Iseler Singers website, click the button below.

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 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.