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December 11, 2012

Famed Canadian choral director dies at 72

CBC (Canada):

Diane Loomer, founding director of Vancouver's Chor Leoni and co-founder of Elektra Women's Choir, died on Monday, Dec. 10, at the age of 72.

Loomer's contribution to the Canadian choral music scene cannot be overstated. She was the first woman to conduct the National Youth Choir of Canada; she received the Healey Willan Prize in 1990 for her service to choral music in British Columbia; in 1994, she was named YWCA Vancouver’s Woman of Distinction for Arts and Culture; and in 2002, she was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for her significant contribution to Canada’s culture.

A Dec. 11 update on the Facebook page of Chor Leoni states, "we take comfort in the knowledge that her legacy is alive in the many works of Canadian composers and arrangers she championed, the artists and conductors she mentored, the singers she led in workshops, rehearsals, and performances around the world, and in the hearts of every past and present member of Chor Leoni. Our thoughts are with her husband Dick and her family at this sad time." Read more and listen to an interview on CBC radio.

I had the pleasure of meeting Diane a couple of times and conducted business with her for years. I did not realize she was unwell and I am most sorry to hear this news.

Posted by acapnews at December 11, 2012 12:00 AM