Finalist - 2013, 2014, 2015
The American Prize in Choral Composition

the music of

Elise Letourneau

"Elise Letourneau has the whole musical package -- perfect time, perfect rhythm, perfectly in tune, the meaningful delivery of lyrics, improvisatory ideas, beautiful tone. Just pure talent."
- Dr. Barry Kernfeld, author of What to Listen for in Jazz and editor of The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz

" Elise Letourneau vocalizes from the heart with a controlled range second to none."
- Michael Black, WPSU, 91.5 FM

"Your choral writing makes English a language worth singing in."
- Vancouver Chamber Choir audience member

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Elise Letourneau’s compositional style blurs the lines between classical, jazz and popular music. Her mastery of various genres and instruments informs her innovative work, with an unflinching attention to melodic beauty. Her extreme sensitivity to lyrical poetry, and to the voice itself, gives her music a singable quality that begs for great interpretive skill. She writes and chooses texts that embody groundedness and goodwill, and sets them in motion through her music. Her instrumental music also reflects this lyrical sense.

Letourneau is a graduate of Berklee College of Music (Boston MA), and earned a M.Ed. specializing in creative arts and learning at Lesley College (Cambridge MA). She is a multiple award-winning composer, an accomplished songwriter, performer, arranger, and educator. Her music has been performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Caribbean, by high-caliber ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Canada's National Youth Choir, the Toronto Children's Chorus, the Cantiamo Girls' Choir, and The Juliet Singers. She founded and directed Canada's first community jazz choir, Capital Vox, as well as Vox Eclectica Women's Chamber Choir.

An associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, Letourneau won the Ruth Watson Henderson composition competition (2011), the Choral Canada (ACCC) composition competition (2012), and the inaugural Diane Loomer award for choral composition. For three years running (2013-2015) she was shortlisted as a finalist for The American Prize in choral composition.

Letourneau maintains an active performance schedule as a solo artist and with The Juliet Singers. She teaches piano, flute, and voice.