Song for Canada

Canada Flag by Lydia Adams

Lydia Adams sends Canada Day greetings and an interview with composer, Paul Halley

Canada Day musical gift from the Elmer Iseler Singers

Song for Canada by Paul Halley. The Elmer Iseler Singers, Lydia Adams, conductor and Shawn Grenke, piano. From the album: Elmer Iseler Singers Greatest Hits, Vol. 1.

Song for Canada by Paul Halley

Sing!                                                                                             

Sing a new song,
Sing loud and strong,
Sing of this land of our hopes and our dreams.
Rich harmonies of races and creeds
Join in the chorus from sea unto sea:
Where the whale’s ancient lullaby

Meets the song of the wind in the whisp’ring pines,
All our voices come together, always singing,
“Land of tomorrow, your time has come.”

Oui!

Qu’un nouveau chant
Dise à présent
Un voeu d’accord qui doit remplir nos cooers.
Peuples divers touchant les deus mers,
Heureux voisins, ne formez qu’un seul choeur
Pour mélanger tous vos accents
Aux refrains des cognées dansant sous les vents.
Que nos voix ensemble chantent et rechantent,
“Oui – Bel aujourd’hui
Vois mon pays.”

Sing!

Sing of new birth,
Sing of the earth,
Sing of great mountains that reach for the sky.
Proud cities swell,
Vast plains do tell
Of the promise an hope for the future that lies
In the loon’s timeless melody,
In the cry of an eagle that’s soaring free.
All our voices come together, singing
“Land of tomorrow, your time has come.”

English words by Paul Halley
French words by Anton Raphael Boldaire

Song for the Mira

The Toronto Hunt Club, 2018 by Jessie Iseler Bride

A message from Lydia Adams

Song For The Mira by Allister MacGillivray, arr. Stuart Calvert. The Elmer Iseler Singers, Lydia Adams, conductor with soloist Nelson Lohnes; Shawn Grenke, piano; Clare Scholtz, oboe. From the album: Elmer Iseler Singers Greatest Hits, Vol. 1.

She’s Called Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia photo by Lydia Adams
‘She’s Called Nova Scotia’ by Rita MacNeil, album: Elmer Iseler Singers Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

Dear Friends – the Elmer Iseler Singers, its Board of Directors, conductor Lydia Adams and General Manager Jessie Iseler, join with Canadians everywhere to send our heartfelt thoughts and condolences to the people of Nova Scotia, who are dealing with unimaginable tragedy and loss this week.

The Elmer Iseler Singers have close ties to Nova Scotia and we have many dear friends and family there, and we share our deep grief with all who have lost family and friends, and with all Canadians.

We offer you a tribute with our performance of Stuart Calvert’s arrangement of Rita MacNeil’s ‘She’s Called Nova Scotia’, sung by Gisele Kulak and the choir, with Lydia Adams conducting, Shawn Grenke on piano, and Claire Sholtz on oboe.

COVID-19 Update

The speed of developments related to COVID-19 pandemic is shocking. We were in the midst of our 6-concert tour through Western Canada when our last two concerts were cancelled as Canada public health guidelines advised against social gatherings and for increased social distancing.

We value the health and welfare of all of our singers, staff, venue staff, audience members and patrons and have chosen to do our part by cancelling all concerts until May 31, 2020. 

As you may already know shutdowns of this type can seriously affect arts and other service-based organizations. If you are in a position to help please consider checking out Paypal Giving Fund Canada or Canada Helps. They feature donation platforms for all charitable organizations across Canada including the Elmer Iseler Singers. Spend some of your screen time looking for efforts you would like to support.

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The Spirit of Nature! concert review

Conductor Lydia Adams, The Elmer Iseler Singers and Guest Artists

Sept. 30, 2019: Elmer Iseler Singers and Festival of the Sound unite to celebrate 40 years of music-making! concert review by David Richards (torontoconcertreviews.ca)

“… I was moved in a profound way. The Sound: A musical Evocation of Georgian Bay by Eric Robertson with text by Gary Michael Dault is a five-movement work evoking the poetic beauty of the natural environment of the Parry Sound region. But more than that, it speaks in a timely way to the need to make that beauty sustainable as climate change looms menacingly before us.’

“This concert was all about community. The affection between the two organizations was palpable. James Campbell and Lydia Adams added recollections about their many years at the Festival. Lydia spoke about how the ensemble would find ways to make the music work. Even the mayor of Parry Sound spoke about the Festival’s contribution to the community.’

“This was one of the happiest musical events of the season. Bravo!’

David Richards

Festival of the Sound concert review

Festival of the Sound launches 40th season with 4 gala events

“Renowned Canadian actor Colin Fox brought his signature clear and thoughtful speaking style to the narrated portions. The Elmer Iseler Singers drew out the many beauties in Robertson’s score, and the accompaniment by an ensemble of nine players added even more strength to the music.

This piece was presented as an anniversary gift from Robertson to the festival and the Elmer Iseler Singers, and was a generous and beautiful gift indeed.

The choir sang magnificently in a range of other numbers from J.S. Bach to Srul Irving Glick, and had the audience join in for Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and Handel’s Hallelujah.”

Ken Stephen, Parry Sound North Star, Jul. 23, 2019