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May 11, 2019: Lydia Adams’ Magnificent B Minor Mass

Elmer Iseler Singers, Amadeus Choir, Soloists and Orchestra performing Bach's B Minor Mass

May 10, 2019: Soaring Voices will close out concert season The Elmer Iseler Singers will be closing out the Sarnia Concert Association’s 2018-2019 season with a performance entitled Soaring Voices, which takes place at the Imperial Theatre on May 22nd, 2019. For more information, visit our concert page.

“For the SCA’s David Nichols, having Adams and the Elmer Iseler Singers preside over this season’s grand finale is a dream come true.”

Article by Carl Hnatyshyn (The Nanton News)

May 6, 2019: Lydia Adams set to conduct the mighty B Minor Mass, listen to the interview by Mike and Jean on Classical Mornings discussion our upcoming concert on Saturday, May 11th featuring Bach’s massive Mass in B Minor. (blog post by Liz Parker,

Lydia Adams and Catherine Wyn-Rogers visit “Classical Mornings” with Jean (and Mike)

May 6, 2019: Get Music! Educational Gala photos by Patti Walker.

Get Music Educational Gala, photo by Patti Walker
Conductors: Lydia Adams, Elmer Iseler Singers; Jody Malone, Les Belles Classiques; Sherri Collins, Cawthra Park Chamber Choir; and Bob Anderson, Resonance.

Get Music Educational Gala, photo by Patti Walker
Get Music Educational Gala, photo by Patti Walker

Apr. 29, 2019: «Cinq siècles à 40 voix»: le chant des voûtes [“Five centuries for 40 voices”: the song of the vaults] concert review by Christophe Huss (Le Devoir).

 “[Elmer Isler Singers] Ils nous ont fait vivre des moments bouleversants, au coeur de leur partie de programme…”


“[Elmer Iseler Singers] They gave us some intense moments at the heart of their part of the program…”

Montreal's L'eglise des Gese in a magnificent Concert with SMAM
Elmer Iseler Singers performing in historic Montreal’s L’eglise des Gese in a magnificent Concert with SMAM on Saturday, April 27th, 2019, Lydia Adams and Andrew McAnerney conducting.  

Apr. 21, 2019: Mahlers Resurrection Symphony: So Hopeful It’ll Make You Cry concert review by Jenna Simeonov (Schmopera).

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Amadeus Choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers and maestro Matthew Halls perform Mahler's Resurrection Symphony, 2019. Photo: Jag Gundu.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Amadeus Choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers and maestro Matthew Halls perform Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, 2019. Photo: Jag Gundu.

Apr. 3, 2019: “Famed Choral Group Elmer Iseler Singers Wows Mindemoya Crowd” Michael Erskine of The Manitoulin Expositor interviews conductor Jane Best of The Manitoulin Community Choir who organized Elmer Iseler Singers’ performance on Manitoulin Island (March 24, 2019 – part of the Elmer Iseler Singers’ 7-Concert Ontario Tour).

“It turned out to be an absolutely wonderful evening,’ said organizer Jane Best

Three conductors, Chris Theijsmeijer of the Island Singers, Lydia Adams of the Elmer Isleler Singers and Jane Best of the Manitoulin Community Choir acknowledge the applause following the final performance of the JUNO Award winning choral group the Elmer Iseler Singers at the Mindemoya Missionary Church. Members of the three choirs are all smiles as they stand behind their conductors. photo by Michael Erskine
Three conductors, Chris Theijsmeijer of the Island Singers, Lydia Adams of the Elmer Isleler Singers and Jane Best of the Manitoulin Community Choir acknowledge the applause following the final performance of the JUNO Award winning choral group the Elmer Iseler Singers at the Mindemoya Missionary Church. Members of the three choirs are all smiles as they stand behind their conductors. photo by Michael Erskine

The Elmer Iseler Singer Around the Bay Race Runners

Graham Robinson and Michael Sawarna after the 5K race
Graham Robinson and Michael Sawarna, with their 5K run medal
John Buchanan, with his 30K run medal
John Buchanan, with his 30K run medal

Mar. 31, 2019: Board Member – John Buchanan, ran the full 30k Around The Bay road race and EIS Singers – Michael Sawarna and Graham Robinson, ran the 5k Around The Bay race in support of the Elmer Iseler Singers. Together they collected over $2,100 supporting the 2019 EIS tours bringing great choral music to Northern Canada.

We are grateful to our runners and for the generosity of all their donors in helping us achieve the choir’s goal of making Classical Choral Music accessible in every corner of Canada.

Mar. 16, 2019: Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works Featuring The Toronto Symphony Orchestra Receives JUNO Award (BWW News Desk)

Earlier press and news articles

Mar. 15, 2019: Elmer Iseler singers to hold concert on Manitoulin as part of 40th anniversary tour, interview of Jane Best, conductor of the Manitoulin Community Choir who, along with the Island Singers, are the hosting the Elmer Iseler Singers on March 24, 2019. (Tom Sasvari, The Manitoulin Expositor)

Mar. 14, 2019: Making music makes Adams happy interviews Lydia Adams in advance of the Junos and discusses the Elmer Iseler Singers upcoming Sault show on March 23, 2019. (Brian Kelly, The Sault Star)

Lydia Adams with radio host Bill Anderson

Mar. 14, 2019: Lydia Adams has the Details on the Elmer Iseler Singers’ Ontario Tour!  Classical 102.9fm interview of Lydia Adams on Bill’s  Classical Jukebox, with all the details about the upcoming Ontario concert tour.

Lydia Adams and Jon Washburn with radio host Mike DuncanFeb. 28, 2019: Choral greats Lydia Adams & Jon Washburn chat with Mike Duncan on “Classical Mornings” Choral conductors Lydia Adams and Jon Washburn dropped by The New Classical 96.3 FM “Classical Mornings” to chat with host Mike Duncan about a special collaboration between the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Vancouver Chamber Choir.

Jan. 31, 2019: Choral Fire in Winter Snow discusses Elmer Iseler Singers’ upcoming concert with The Vancouver Chamber Choir on March 1st. (Brian Chang, The WholeNote, Choral Scene section)

Jan. 29, 2019: Elmer Iseler Singers are nominated for a 2019 Juno Award for David Braid: Corona Divinae Misericordiae featuring Patricia O’Callaghan (CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL) and are please to announce the nomination of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works, as the Elmer Iseler Singers were also artists on the album along with TSO soloists Principal Viola Teng Li and Principal Oboe Sarah Jeffrey the recording also showcases Canadian pianist Louis Lortie, and singers Carla Huhtanen, Emily D’Angelo, Lawrence Wiliford, and Tyler Duncan, all under the direction of conductor Peter Oundjian.  (CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE). Additional articles are available from Broadway World and Ludwig Van websites.

Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works

Dec. 7, 2018: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra recording of Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works, has been nominated for a Grammy Award (BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM). Elmer Iseler Singers were artists on the album along with TSO soloists Principal Viola Teng Li and Principal Oboe Sarah Jeffrey the recording also showcases Canadian pianist Louis Lortie, and singers Carla Huhtanen, Emily D’Angelo, Lawrence Wiliford, and Tyler Duncan, all under the direction of conductor Peter Oundjian.  Additional articles are available from Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Ludwig Van websites.

Nov. 30, 2018: Photo from our Handel’s Messiah concert with thanks to the Metropolitan United Church.

Elmer Iseler Singers with Amadeus Choir and guest soloists and orchestra on Nov 30, 2018 at the Metropolitan United Church
Elmer Iseler Singers with Amadeus Choir, conductor Lydia Adams and guest soloists (Asitha Tennekoon, tenor; Giles Tomkins, bass baritone; Marjorie Maltais, mezzo soprano; Meredith Hall, soprano) and orchestra on Nov 30, 2018 at the Metropolitan United Church

Nov. 1, 2018: Aural Remembrance for a New Generation. Concert on November 11 @ 7:30pm at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts. (Brian Chang, The WholeNote, Choral Scene section)

Oct. 24, 2018: Toronto concert to commemorate 85th anniversary of Holodomor. Concert on October 28 @ 5pm at Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd. (Rahul Gupta, TORONTO.COM)

Oct. 24, 2018: Free concert at Agincourt Collegiate features Elmer Iseler Singers. Concert on October 29 @ 7:30pm at Scarborough’s Agincourt Collegiate, 2621 Midland Ave., along with the Agincourt Singers and Agincourt Madrigal Singers. (TORONTO.COM)

Lydia Adams, Caledon artist recognized for her own sound of music
Lydia Adams, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Elmer Iseler Singers

July 19, 2018: “Caledon artist recognized for her own sound of music” Lydia Adams, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by Choral Canada. (Constance Scrafield, Caledon Citizen)

July 13, 2018: Whodunnit, hoedown and violin virtuoso on the weekend list, Ottawa violin virtuoso Kerson Leong teams up with British composer John Rutter on July 15 and 16, 2018 with the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Ottawa Chamber Choir and Ottawa Children’s choir. (Sandra Abma, CBC News)

The Manitoulin Community Choir. Photo: Sharon Jackson
The Manitoulin Community Choir, led by Jane Best. Photo: Sharon Jackson

May 9, 2018: Manitoulin Community Choir presents annual spring concert, and announces March 2019 concert with the Elmer Iseler Singers. (The Manitoulin Expositor)

Elmer Iseler, Jessie Iseler and Lydia Adams, 1996. Photo: Maura McGroarty
Elmer Iseler, Jessie Iseler and Lydia Adams before a performance at Choral Kathaumixw, Powell River BC in July 1996. Photo by Maura McGroarty

March 29, 2018: Twenty Years Later – Celebrating Elmer Iseler, by David Jaeger in honour of the Elmer Iseler Tribute concert on April 14, 2018. (The WholeNote)

March 2018: Remembering Elmer Iseler: Canadian Choral Visionary, by Robert Missen in preparation for the Elmer Iseler Tribute concert on April 14, 2018. (Choirs Ontario, Dynamic Newsletter, Volume 46, Issue 2)

February 1, 2018: Vocal Milestones: Giving Voice to New Musical Ideas, David Lang and Lydia Adams share their personal views of the Little Match Girl Passion. (The WholeNote)

January 21, 2018: Tickets now on sale for Elmer Iseler Singers show in Alliston February 10, 2018. (Alliston Herald)

January 18, 2018: English composing great John Rutter to star in Music and Beyond concert in July, Elmer Iseler Singers join John Rutter on July 15, 2018. (Ottawa Citizen)

January 10, 2018: Elmer Iseler Singers are one of Eleanor McCain’s guest artists in the 2-CD project: “True North The Canadian Songbook” (Dan MacDonald: McCain creates musical projectCape Breton Post)

November 11, 2017: ‘How fortunate we are’: Canadians’ service honoured at Remembrance Day ceremonies (CBC News)

April 1, 2017: The Elmer Iseler Singers, Tapestry Opera and the Gryphon Trio were nominated as one of 5 contenders for “Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral 2017” for their recording of “Dark Star Requiem”, by Canadian composer Andrew Staniland, conducted by Wayne Strongman, in the 2017 Juno Awards.

March 1, 2016: Big Choral and Orchestral Sounds with Myths, Legends & Devotions (Esprit Orchestra)

May 18, 2014: Elmer Iseler Singers and Amadeus Choir win the 2014 Outstanding Innovation Award Recipients presented by Choral Canada

Gordon Burnett, Bass
Gordon Burnett

Gord Burnett maintains an active career as a singer, conductor and voice teacher. In addition to the Elmer Iseler Singers, his professional choral experience includes the Elora Festival Singers, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, and 16 years with Tactus Vocal Ensemble, an octet dedicated to the performance of early music. Presently he conducts the Sanctuary and Handbell Choirs at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kitchener and the Guelph Male Choir. He maintains a successful private voice studio in Waterloo. In his spare time, he enjoys working through the Sunday New York Times crosswords.

Sharang Sharma, Tenor
Sharang Sharma

Sharang Sharma is an emerging musician with interests in performance and historical musicology. His interpretation of repertoire from the Middle Ages to 1800 brings a refreshing take on little-performed music by less renowned composers. His most recent engagement as lay clerk at The Queen’s College, Oxford (UK), has set him up for a life in ecclesiastical music, which he pursues as Director, Chapel Music at Huron University College, London (Canada). He focused on monastic culture in medieval Italy as part of his recently completed masters in musicology at the University of Oxford.

Sharang has performed in professional and amateur choirs, such as The Strand Consort in London (UK), Fount & Origin in Oxford, Kammerchor and Chor Amica in London (Canada), and with theatre and opera companies, such as LINK in London (Canada), and Spectra Ensemble in London (UK). During his undergraduate degree, he participated in Western University’s choirs and opera productions and was an active member of London’s musical community. His range of experiences comprises recording with the BBC, performing with the Academy of Ancient Music and Instruments of Time and Truth, studying historical repertoire and performance with Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School and Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and appearing as guest chorister and soloist at many music festivals including the Huron County Bach Festival and the Sherborne Early Music Festival.

Sharang was the 43rd and 44th season James T. Chestnutt Scholar.

Michael Sawarna, Tenor
Michael Sawarna

Michael began singing with the Elmer Iseler Singers in 2004. He is the second Iseler Singer to originate from Kemptville, Ontario a small town south of Ottawa. Now living in Toronto he is a Tenor Section Lead for the Amadeus Choir and St. Andrew’s United Church Choir. He is studying voice with Catherine Robbin at York University. In his spare time Michael hopes to become as good a hockey player as now-retired tenor Ed Wiens.

Mitchell Pady, Tenor
Mitchell Pady

A Graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Mitchell Pady pursued his studies in composition and voice.  He has performed and participated in many festivals and conferences including the national conductors’ conference run by the Association of Canadian Orchestras.  He has acted as choral adjudicator for both the Kiwanis and Music Fest Canada competitions and is the Choral Conductor for the acclaimed Inter-Provincial Music Camp.  During the last six years Mitchell has worked with teachers and students as a choral clinician for a number of professional development workshops across the Toronto District School Board. He is presently Artistic Director of the Oriana Singers and conductor of The Cellar Singers, succeeding Albert Greer who retired in May 2012.

Doug MacNaughton, Baritone (Photo: Catherine Charron-Drolet)
Doug MacNaughton

Doug MacNaughton began his singing career at the age of 20, when he made his operatic debut with Edmonton Opera. Since then, he has gone on to sing throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. He is at home in opera, operetta, musical theatre and concert work, and he is known as much for the versatility of his acting as for his singing.

Eric MacKeracher, Tenor
Eric MacKeracher

Eric is from Pickering, Ontario. He joined the EIS in September 2000 and in the same month became the music director at Kingston Road United Church in the Beaches area of Toronto. He also sings tenor in the Amadeus Choir. In his spare time Eric likes to read – preferably with one of his several cats curled up in his lap! 

Michael Thomas, Bass
Michael Thomas

Baritone Michael Thomas, a native of Toronto, has been a member of the Elmer Iseler Singers since 1998. His powerful, emotive voice has been featured in performances as a soloist with numerous choirs in the Toronto area, most notably with the Amadeus Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers. He was also the baritone soloist with the Toronto Symphony’s New Creations Festival in 2013 in the Canadian premiere of Vabeni: Ritual of Prehistoric Fossils of Man by Krystof Marayka. Michael is a music instructor for the Toronto District School Board and, since August 2006, has been Music Director at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Markham. Michael was selected to sing with Placido Domingo as a member of the Blackcreek Summer Music Festival Chorus.

Nelson Lohnes, Bass
Nelson Lohnes

Nelson was born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Organist and music director at St. James The Apostle, Brampton. Occasional teacher for the Dufferin Peel Roman Catholic School Board and Peel Board of Education. Grade 10 Silver Medal and A.R.C.T. Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Music Associate and Music Licentiate Diplomas from the Western Board of Music. Solo work during career has included opera, musical and choral societies in England, the United States and Canada. Recent solo work was in August at Niagara on the Lake International Festival singing several Spanish Tango pieces with chamber quartet. Nelson will soon be recording a new solo CD, including “Song for the Mira”.

Andrea Ludwig, Mezzo Soprano (Photo: Bo Huang)
Andrea Ludwig

Juno-nominated mezzo soprano Andrea Ludwig is an artist of tremendous depth, musicality and scope. Hailed by Halifax Chronicle Herald critic Stephen Pedersen as having “tones of silver and gold,” Andrea has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company in numerous roles including Nireno in Handel’s Julius Ceasar, the Second Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes, Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Moira in Paul Ruder’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and Liesgen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata. Andrea is proud to announce her recent Juno nomination for a recording of Canadian composer Peter Togni’s Responsio in collaboration with Jeff Reilly, Suzie LeBlanc, Charles Daniels and John Potter.

Gisele Kulak, Soprano
Gisele Kulak

Saskatchewan native, Gisele Kulak has enjoyed a widely varied career, beginning with opera and operetta, but shifting to oratorio and recital work, dabbling in pop and jazz along the way. Gisele has performed as a soloist with The National Ballet Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Tapestry New Opera Works, The Victoria Symphony, The Oakville Symphony, The York Symphony, The Burlington Civic Chorale, and in many concerts with “Music at Metropolitan”, the concert series of Metropolitan United Church in Toronto.

Gisele has established a focus on choral music, singing with the Elmer Iseler Singers for eleven seasons and Soundstreams’ Choir 21 for seven seasons.  She has also been a member of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, “voxworks”, and the Adelphi Ensemble. Gisele teaches singing and provides choral techniques workshops as well as being the vocal coach for The Oriana Women’s Choir.

Susan Suchard, Soprano
Susan Suchard

Soprano Susan Suchard is a native of London, Ontario. She holds a BMus from Western University and an MMus in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Toronto. Now in her 21st season with the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, she is also a frequent singer with the Elmer Iseler Singers, and a former member of the Elora Festival Singers, the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Canadian Opera Company Chorus. She enjoys a career as a voice teacher, with students ranging from beginners, to advanced amateurs, to aspiring professionals. As a conductor, Susan has served as Director of Music for Rosedale United Church,  as Preparatory Chorus Conductor for VIVA Singers Toronto, and on projects with Tapestry Opera and Jumblies Theatre. She was an Artist Educator for the Canadian Opera Company and a music teacher in the public school system. As an arts administrator, Susan was General Manager for VIVA Singers Toronto, Managing Editor for Opera Canada magazine, and Leadership Legacy Intern for Tapestry Opera.

Valerie Nunn, Alto
Valerie Nunn

Valerie was privileged to sing for Elmer in the 80’s and is thrilled to be back singing with EIS.  While in the Singers, she met her husband, Gord Burnett and has Elmer to thank for that!

Her choral experience includes Hart House Chorus, Ontario Youth Choir, University of Western Ontario Faculty Singers, Gregg Smith Singers (NYC), Elora Festival Singers and Tactus Vocal Ensemble. She enjoys playing guitar for the Buddy Choir, a group of developmentally challenged adults who love to sing! 

Karen Freedman, Alto
Karen Freedman

Despite growing up in a musical household, with her mother a founding member of Elmer Iseler's Festival Singers, Karen only discovered choral singing herself at McMaster University, where she studied French. During an 11-year stay in France, she sang with the Ensemble Vocal de Provence and Audite Nova de Paris. Throughout her teaching career with the Toronto District School Board, she sang first with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir under the direction of Elmer Iseler, then with the Amadeus Choir and Lydia Adams.

Now retired from teaching, Karen joined the Elmer Iseler Singers as a substitute in 2018. She is busier than ever, as an alto and librarian with the Amadeus Choir and as a volunteer in the Choirs Ontario Music Library. She loves to travel and read historical novels when she has time.

Shawn Grenke, Accompanist
Shawn Grenke

Conductor, Pianist and Organist Shawn Grenke is Director of Music at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in Toronto, Associate Conductor and Accompanist for the Amadeus Choir of Toronto, Accompanist to the Elmer Iseler Singers of Toronto, and Artistic Director to the Woodstock Fanshawe Singers of Woodstock Ontario.

Shawn is also the Director of the 80 voice Achill Choral Society based out of Orangeville, Ontario. Shawn has made international appearances as conductor, pianist and organist in Poland, Sweden, Korea, the United States and Europe.


Paul Winkelmans, Baritone - Photo:Simeon Rusnak Photography
Paul Winkelmans

Paul Winkelmans joined the Singers at the start of their 2017/2018 season, having just received his Master of Music in Voice and Opera Performance from McGill University. At McGill he enjoyed performances as part of Opera McGill, as well as his involvement in Michael McMahon’s Song Interpretation class. He loves exploring and sharing both standard and unconventional repertoire, combining works by classical masters Schubert and Schumann with contemporary pieces in his programmed recitals, and even commissioning a new Canadian work to premiere for his fourth year undergraduate recital at the University of Manitoba.

Graham Robinson, Bass
Graham Robinson

Graham studied under Dr. Bruce More, Alexandra Browning, and Susan Young. He was a featured performer for the University of Victoria Chorus and Chamber Singers, and the Victoria Chamber Orchestra In addition to his role as a soloist, Graham has managed a vocal studio and provided vocal coaching to the Cantiamo Youth Choir. After spending time in Cuba and Japan, he now resides in Toronto. In addition to singing with Elmer Iseler Singers, he is featured regularly with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Univox, Humbercrest United Church, and All The King’s Voices.

Cathy Robinson, Soprano
Cathy Robinson

Cathy joined the Elmer Iseler Singers in 2005. She has an extensive operatic career, including the role of Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust with Premier Opera, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte with Oberlin’s Summer Opera Program in Casalmaggiore, Italy. Cathy has also appeared in three operas with the New Opera and Concert Centre in Toronto, and was the winner of the 1996 Oshawa-Whitby Kiwanis Senior Rosebowl Competition. Cathy maintains her role as a soprano with the Amadeus Choir, in which she has sung for many years.

Claire Renouf, Soprano
Claire Renouf

Claire is thrilled to be a part of the Elmer Iseler Singers. Born in Toronto, she began her formal training as a child when she joined the Toronto Children’s Chorus. After singing with them for seven years, she continued her studies at Queen’s University, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. During her time at Queen’s, she also sang with the Queen’s Choral Ensemble, and performed in several stage productions, such as Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretal, as well as Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. After graduating, Claire sang as a member of the Exultate Chamber Singers under Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt for five years. Claire has studied under such Canadian talents as Patricia Harton-McCord, Elizabeth McDonald, and Bruce Kelly. She continues to use her vocal training as a prospective voice-over talent.

Claudia Lemcke, Alto
Claudia Lemcke

Claudia Lemcke studied Piano and Voice in her native Germany. With her ‘warm and clear voice and a reliable sense of style’ (Rheinische Post) and ‘her charming sound and directness of interpretation’ (Brantford Expositor) she has established herself as a versatile Mezzo Soprano equally at home in art song and oratorio.

Claudia has been a frequent soloist in Toronto and the GTA and has extensive choral and solo experience with several of Toronto’s finest ensembles. After singing with the Elmer Iseler Singers as a substitute for several years she finally joined the ensemble in 2016.

When she is not singing in Toronto, Claudia can either be found in Montréal, singing with La Chapelle de Québec under Bernard Labadie, or teaching Piano and Voice in her own private studio.

Lynn McMurray, Alto
Lynn Featherstone

Lynn Featherstone joined the Singers in September 2017. She was raised in Cambridge, Ontario, where she started piano lessons at age six, beginning a life-long pursuit in musicianship – as a choral singer, soloist and conductor. At the University of Toronto she completed both her Bachelor of Music in Music Education in Voice Studies and her Masters in Music Education, and has sung with the University of Toronto MacMillan Singers and the Bach Festival Singers. For over a decade Lynn has been an alto soloist at Fairlawn Avenue United Church. She was formerly Associate Conductor for the Bach Children’s Chorus, under conductor Linda Beaupré. Lynn is the private vocal coach and piano teacher at Crescent School.

Amy Dodington, Soprano
Amy Dodington

Amy Dodington joined the Elmer Iseler Singers in the Fall of 2012.  Her musical family has had a long association with the EIS since the days of the Festival Singers.  Originally from Port Carling, Muskoka, she moved to Toronto in 1996 to study Zoology and then Voice Performance at the University of Toronto.  She then studied privately with Monica Whicher.  Amy is now a freelance soloist regularly performing concert works and giving eclectic solo recitals.  As a soprano soloist and section lead she sang for seven years with the Toronto Chamber Choir, sixteen years at Kingsway-Lambton Church, and is currently at Fairlawn Avenue United Church under Eleanor Daley.  Amy’s extensive choral experience includes the Ontario Youth Choir, the Hart House Chorus, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Oriana Singers, Helmuth Rilling’s Stuttgart Festival Ensembles and Soundstreams Choir 21.  You can discover the next thing that’s up her sleeve on her website: 

Gillian Grant

Since graduating from Queen's University School of Music, Gillian's enthusiasm for her work has provided her with a breadth of experience including teaching private piano and voice lessons, singing with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, singing backup vocals in a folk band, and working as soprano section lead at St. Aidan’s in the Beach. 

Charles Davidson, Tenor
Charles Davidson

Hailed for "refined tone, luxurious timbre and superb technique" (Opera Going Toronto),

Charles Davidson trained foremost at the Guildford School of Acting (UK) many moons ago.  A former member of Tafelmusik chamber Choir (2 Juno nominations) and Elora Festival Singers, Charles appears as a soloist with various ensembles around the GTA.  Engagements this season include concerts with Les Violons du Roy/La Chapelle du Quebec and a special "Show Tunes for 200" celebration at Metropolitan United Church, Toronto on May 26.  Favourite roles include Tony in West Side Story,  Frank Jr. in Catch Me if You Can and the title chracters in Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical.  For updates, find his FB fan page ('Charles Davidson, Tenor').  It's always a treat to be back in Orillia with The Cellar Singers, Mitchell and the amazing Mariposa Market!

Alison Roy, Alto
Alison Roy

Alison was born in Ottawa, Ontario and has been with the Elmer Iseler Singers since 1994. She works for the Toronto District School Board as a Music Itinerant. Alison is Second Alto Section Lead at Metropolitan United Church and Alto Section Lead for the Amadeus Choir. In her spare time (whenever that is!), she does studio work, and writes.

Will Reid, Tenor
Will Reid

Will is a Toronto-based musician, conductor and educator. When not singing with the Elmer Iseler Singers, he can be seen singing lead for the funk and soul band, Yasgurs Farm as well as the 50s group, The Redeemers. Will is also the Assistant Choir Director and George Black fellow of Sacred Music at the Church of the Redeemer, a position held since 2015. Will holds a B.Mus from the Faculty of Music and a B.Ed from OISE, UofT. 

Ben Keast, Tenor
Ben Keast

Ben joined EIS in the fall of 2016. He is a composer, chorister, teacher, and music director. As a composer, he combines his experience in Korean traditional music and his knowledge of western classical music to achieve a unique soundscape – with a focus on choral music. Every summer, he can be found working with talented children, putting on six musicals over the course of a summer at Camp Manitou in McKellar, Ontario. Every Sunday, he sings Renaissance polyphony at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Parkdale, Toronto. He holds a Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Music from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

Clara Krausse, Soprano
Clara Krausse

Clara Krausse is a soprano who hails from Montreal and is currently based in Toronto. She enjoys performing a wide variety of music, including choral, chamber, and solo music, from early to contemporary.  She performs regularly with groups such as Soundstreams’ Choir 21, Concreamus, Trinity St. Paul’s United Church choir, and is thrilled to now be singing with the Elmer Iseler Singers. Recent solo performances include Buxtehude’s Mit Fried und Freud and Fauré’s Requiem with Serenata à St-Jean, Montreal, and Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered with Trinity St. Paul’s United Church. She obtained her Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto where she studied with Nathalie Paulin. Besides singing, she also plays the recorder, having performed with Serenata à St-Jean and the University of Toronto’s Collegium Musicium.

Manishya Jayasundera
Manishya Jayasundera
Soprano, Conductor, JTC Scholar

Manishya Jayasundera is an emerging conductor, educator, singer and pianist. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto where she completed her degree in Classical Voice Music Education. She is currently in the Master of Teaching program at OISE with Vocal Music and French as her teachable subjects. She received her ARCT diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Manishya was the apprentice conductor with the Exultate Chamber Singers at the October 2022 concert. She was also the most recent conducting intern at St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto. Currently, Manishya is the Senior Choir Conductor with the Brampton Children’s Chorus and she sings with various groups in the GTA.