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 (

“… 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

2019 Collingwood Summer Music Festival

Front from left: Mayumi Seiler, violinist; Collingwood Summer Music Festival director Daniel Wnukowski; Collingwood ChoralWorks director Brian Rae; and Elmer Iseler Singers director Lydia Adams. Back: The Elmer Iseler Singers with Collingwood’s ChoralWorks choir. – Katie Lintern/Seveneves Photography

New Collingwood Summer Music Festival kicks off” with the Elmer Iseler Singers at their opening concert on Friday night together with Collingwood’s ChoralWorks choir, the Collingwood Festival Orchestra, and guest soloists Mayumi Seiler on violin and Wnukowski, also a world-class concert pianist. ( Brenda Lewis, Collingwood Connection)

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Sarnia concert

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)

Montreal concert with SMAM

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. 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…”