Repertoire and Recordings
The Elektra Women's Choir has a wide-ranging repertoire, but its primary focus is on 20th-century material, Canadian works, and in particular, works written for women. A number of composers have written or arranged pieces for the ensemble, including Ramona Luengen, Salve Regina (1987), Stabat Mater (premiered 17 Nov 1995 with Judith Forst and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra under Mario Bernardi), Celebremus (1997); Diane Loomer, arranger, Away from the Roll of the Sea (1989; song by Allister MacGillivray); Keith Hamel, Salem, 1692 (premiered 6 Nov 1993); David MacIntyre, Communion (1995); Javier Busto, Cantus Marianus (2003); Jeffrey Ryan, Epitaph (2004) and Elegy for Miss Covington (2007). The choir has also given premieres of works by Violet Archer (The Mater Admirabilis Chapel, Canadian premiere 1991), Malcolm Forsyth (Northern Journey, 16 May 1999), and Leslie Uyeda (Four Mystical Songs, 1997). Elektra has produced eight recordings, and in 1994 was the first women's choir to be nominated for a Juno Award.
Classic Elektra. Edmundson and Loomer cond. 1994. 9402 CD Skylark
A Ceremony of Carols. Edmundson and Loomer cond. 1997. 9703 CD Skylark
From the Heart. Edmundson and Loomer cond. 1997. 9602 CD Skylark
Josef Rheinberger: Missa et Hymni. Edmundson and Loomer cond. 1999. CV 83.145 Carus-Verlag
Legacy. Edmundson and Loomer cond. 2000. CMCCD-6800 Centrediscs
Child of Grace. Edmundson cond. 2003. SKY0301 Skylark
Sacred Places. Edmundson and Loomer cond. 2006. SKY0602 Skylark
Author Bryan N.S. Gooch, Sarah Church
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Music Centre
Search the extensive CMC website for Canadian composer biographies and interviews, music scores, online newsletters, audio clips, podcasts, and more. Check out "CentreStreams" to listen to online archived recordings featuring outstanding Canadian composers.
Elektra Women's Choir
The website for the renowned Elektra Women's Choir. Features brief audio clips of their music.
International Federation for Choral Music
The website for IFCM, an organization that sponsors programs and events for choral musicians around the world. Features links to the World Youth Choir and other affiliated organizations. Also offers "members only" access to various publications and other information sources.
The website for Skylark Music. Check their online catalogue for artist profiles and music samples from their recordings.
Vancouver's Elektra Women's Choir (Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director) performs “Sussex Carol”. The pianist is Dr. Stephen Smith. From the Elektra Women's Choir channel on YouTube.