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May 3, 2012

Elektra Women’s Choir helps create Tapestry

Vancouver Sun (Canada):

Music-making always has a social dimension, which changes with context. In recent decades various forms of choral singing have re-defined the musical landscape with new forms of, and fresh enthusiasms in, ensemble singing.

Vancouver’s Elektra Women’s Choir is an excellent case study. Now about to turn 25, Elektra is a leader in the world of women’s choirs; and its members share the enthusiasm and expertise. It’s host this weekend to the Tapestry International Festival of Women’s Choirs, a grand event that culminates in a Saturday night four-choir sing-in.

Elektra has done a great deal to expand the contemporary repertoire, commissioning about 40 pieces over its history, which have been happily shared with other ensembles.

Director Morna Edmundson doesn’t need to make a big deal about the social aspect of women of all ages singing together; she does acknowledge it’s nice to have the fellowship and esprit du corps within a focus on music.

“On Monday nights women get to do something for themselves, something which also has an artistic side,” she says.

If the going gets tough (all those new pieces make for plenty of challenges), Edmundson keeps things focused and in perspective.

“Sometimes I look up from conducting and say, ‘Some people go bowling on Monday nights, you’re here learning to sing these words to this ridiculous rhythm.’ ” Read more.

Posted by acapnews at May 3, 2012 12:00 AM