A multi-instrumentalist whose writing style blurs the edges between genres, Elise Letourneau picked up the pen at the age of 6. Her award-winning pieces have been sung on 3 continents, and she is becoming internationally known as a composer of uncommon lyricism who reveres the inherent rhythm of poetry. Her 5 CDs reflect her love of literature. Elise's students learn to colour outside of the lines intelligently.
A work day in the life of Elise Letourneau might include working on a composition, formatting the score of an arrangement, coaching a vocal group, giving a piano lesson, researching texts for new choral music, doing some studio recording, performing music live, or doing a bunch of paper work and computer stuff - depending on the day. Click the above menus for details.
Elise's Teachers and Mentors have Included:
Bob Freedman - arranger-composer, co-arranged the Grammy-winning soundtrack of "The Wiz" with Quincy Jones
Dennis Grillo - vocalist and arranger, The Four Freshmen
Janet Lawson - Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist and respected vocal jazz instructor
Anne Peckham - renowned voice/choral instructor and author of several voice books published by the Berklee Press
Deke Sharon - arranger, composer, champion of the contemporary a cappella movement, music director for the Pitch Perfect films, vocalist for The House Jacks and Straight No Chaser
Bob Stoloff - author, international vocal jazz clinician, vocalist with Bobby McFerrin's Vocal Summit
Roland Wyatt - vocal coach to The Manhattan Transfer
"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."
- Barry Kernfeld, author of What to Listen for in Jazz and editor of The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz