"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’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.
Elise is composing and arranging pretty much all the time. The rest of the time she can be found helping others along their music journey, knitting dog sweaters, digging around in some soil, or plotting the details of her next big project.
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Elise Letourneau accepts commissions to compose new music. She specializes in music for choir, voice, piano, winds, and strings, but will consider all possibilities. More info HERE.
Elise also often has a commissioning consortium on the go. A commission consortium offers ensembles the opportunity to purchase a share in a new commission. They participate in a very real way in the process of bringing new music to life and receive the chance to premiere the work in their own area. Commissioning a brand new piece becomes financially accessible to more choirs, and Elise gets to keep composing. Everybody wins! More info HERE.
Elise is gaining a reputation for writing choral music that is contemporary, accessible, and fresh; with a beautiful sensitivity to text and a particular flair for setting poetry. Her music has been performed/recorded by the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Toronto Children's Chorus, the Canadian National Youth Choir, the Cantiamo Girls' Choir, Capital Vox Jazz Choir, The University of Ottawa Choir, The Bach Festival Choir & Orchestra, The Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces String Ensemble, and others.