With a mandate to inspire and lead in the choral art form through excellence in performance and through the creation, exploration and celebration of women’s
repertoire, Vancouver’s renowned Elektra Women’s Choir has taken a leadership role in the international classical women’s choir movement. A multiple national
award-winning ensemble, Elektra is known for its adventurous programming, seeking out music written specifically for women and frequently commissioning and
recording new works. Its appearances include performances at the distinguished National Convention of the AmericanChoral Directors Association (February
2003 and March 1997), including memorable New York performances at Carnegie Hall, Riverside Church, and Avery Fisher Hall. Elektra was honoured to represent Canada at the Fourth World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney, Australia (August 1996). Elektra offers a series of outreach programs annually, with a strong
emphasis on encouraging and developing the skills of youth. These include the Mira Mentorship Program for High School Students, a Conductor Mentorship Program, Singing Workshops for women of all ages, Reading Sessions of New Works, and a new Choral Leadership for Young Women workshop. In April 2013, Elektra will tour to San Francisco to participate in the New Music for Treble Voices festival and has been selected to perform at the 2013 Chorus America Conference
in June. Elektra was founded in 1987 by co-conductors Morna Edmundson and Diane Loomer, C.M. In 2009 Morna Edmundson was appointed Artistic Director and Diane Loomer became Conductor Emerita. The choir is honoured to work with an outstanding accompanist, Dr. Stephen Smith.