About Elise

"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


"This is attractive, infectious choral writing. Fine settings!"

- Judging panel, The American Prize in Choral Composition


"Your choral writing makes English a language worth singing in."

- Vancouver Chamber Choir audience member


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

Elise Letourneau is a multiple award-winning composer, an accomplished songwriter, performer, arranger, and educator. She is the director of the Carleton University Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and she maintains an active performance schedule as a solo artist and with The Juliet Singers. She teaches piano, voice, and flute at Alcorn Music Studios. 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 prestigious 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. 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.

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 lives and writes in Ottawa ON Canada.

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