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Elise's Résumé

[current as of February 2015]

Education & Training:

Certificate in Web Design, 2007. Algonquin College, Ottawa ON.
M.E. (Creative Arts in Learning) 1991. Lesley College, Cambridge MA.
B. Mus. (Composition, Commercial Arranging, Film Scoring) 1989. Berklee College of Music, Boston MA.
Private vocal coaching and voice building with Roland Wyatt (coach to the Manhattan Transfer).
Private jazz vocal instruction with Janet Lawson, Jerry Tolson, Janice Borla, Judy Niemack.
Private classical voice instruction with Wendy Levin, Bob Trehy.
Private piano instruction with Edward Bedner, Bill Davies, Brian Harris, Craig Najjar, Chris Steed.
Private flute instruction with Gil Grossutti.
Private instruction in arranging and composition with Bob Freedman, Jonathan Klein, Rick Applin, Marti Epstein.
Group instruction with David Baker, Denis DeBlasio, Jeri Goldstein, Sheila Jordan, Anne Peckham, Bob Stoloff.

Grants, Honours & Awards:

Finalist, The American Prize, Choral Composition, 2014 and 2013.
CBC Radio Interview, 2014.
Recipient, Corel Arts Award, Ottawa Arts Council, 2014
Premiere, “Our Home Is This Country”, at Podium 2014, Toronto Children’s Chorus, Elise Bradley directing, 2014.
Winner, Atlantic Voices Choral Composition Competition, 2014.
CBC Radio Performance, Ontario Today, 2013.
Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, 2013.
Premiere, “Four Love Poems by E.E. Cummings”, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Jon Washburn directing, 2013.
Host/Facilitator/Accompanist, Sheila Jordan, Ottawa ON, 2012.
Recipient, Diane Loomer Award for choral composition, 2012.
Premiere, “Ave Maria”, Toronto Children’s Chorus, Elise Bradley directing, 2012.
Premiere, “Peace Prayer”, National Youth Choir, Ivars Taurins/Joel Tranquilla directing, 2012.
Speaker/workshop presenter for Podium 2012, presented by the ACCC and Choirs Ontario.
Featured Composer, inaugural post of “Composer’s Corner” by Choirs Ontario.
Winner, ACCC Associated Publishers Choral Composition Competition, 2011.
Winner, Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition, 2011.
Selected composer, Interplay, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Jon Washburn directing, 2011.
3 live CBC Radio appearances; 1) on-air scat vocal lesson, 2) competition win interview, 3) direct choir; 2011.
Alto soloist, Ottawa premiere of “The Sacred Works of Duke Ellington”, Impressions In Jazz Orchestra, 2010
Have performed for Canadian dignitaries including Jean Chrétien, Stephen Harper, Michaelle Jean, Jack Layton at venues including Rideau Hall, National Arts Centre, Museum of Civilization, Chateau Laurier.
Choral arrangement of John Lennon’s “Imagine” personally acknowledged by Yoko Ono, featured on imaginepeace.com, 2007.
Travel Grant, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, 2005.
Promotion Grant, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, 2005. 
Showcase Artist, Ohio Arts Presenters Network Conference, 2005.
Travel Grant, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, 2005.
Showcase Artist, PA Presenters Conference, 2005.
Rostered Artist, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, 2004-2006


Canadian Music Centre; Cypress Choral Music; A Tempo Music; Diamond in the Square Music

Associations & Affiliations:

Associate Composer, Canadian Music Centre (CMC); Canadian League of Composers (CLC); Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC); Association of Canadian Choral Communities (ACCC); Choirs Ontario

Have Performed/Recorded with:

Saxophonist Joel Frahm, jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan, baritone Marcus Nance, pianist Brian Browne, drummer-pianist André White, saxophonist-composer Oliver Lake, pianist Harry Pickens, drummer Roger Humphries, jazz vocalist Janet Lawson, performance-poet Huang Xiang, jazzman Bob Dorough, singer-songwriter Paula Cole, pianist Dan Haerle, and the Impressions in Jazz Orchestra.

Work History:

Freelance Performer-Composer-Arranger, various locations, 1984-present.
Vocalist-Pianist-Flutist, Tim & Elise, 1990-present.
Founding Music Director, Vox Eclectica Women’s Chamber Choir, Ottawa ON, 2011-present. [www.voxeclectica.ca]
Founding Music Director, Capital Vox Jazz Choir, Ottawa ON, 2007-present. [www.capitalvox.ca]
Adjudicator, Kiwanis Music Festival, 2015-present.
Faculty, Carleton University Jazz Camp, Ottawa ON, 2010 to present.
Music Performance Faculty, Carleton University, Ottawa ON, 2008-present.
Music Director & House Pianist-Vocalist, Café Paradiso, Ottawa ON, 2006-2011.
House Vocalist, Zola’s Italian Restaurant, Ottawa ON, 2011-2012.
Music Director, Big Soul Project, Ottawa ON, 2007-2008.
Chair, Voice Department, Alcorn Music Studios, Ottawa ON, 2006-present.
Keyboardist-vocalist, The Alcorn-David Blues Band, 2008-present.
Voice Coach (to Pierre Brault), Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa ON, 2008.
Co-director, Pennsylvania Jam University, Pittsburgh PA, 2005-2006.
Speaker, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, 2000.
Voice Faculty, The City Music Center, Pittsburgh PA, 1998-1999.
Faculty, Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh PA, 1998-1999.
Clinician, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA, 1998-1999.
Piano & Voice Instructor, Pittsburgh PA, 1998-2006.
Staff Vocalist, Audio Image Marketing, Mifflinburg PA, 1994-1998.
Keyboardist-Vocalist, ETC..., 1993-1998.
Flutist-Vocalist, Duo Nouveau, 1993-1998.
Piano & Voice Instructor, Clearfield PA, 1994-1998.
Staff (retail, designer, delivery), Barb’s Floral & Garden Centre, Clearfield PA, 1993-1994.
Vocal Director, Clearfield Arts Studio Theatre, Clearfield PA, 1993.
Administrative Assistant (registrar’s office), Lesley College, Cambridge MA, 1990-1993.
Composer/Musical Director, Cambridge Performance Project, Cambridge MA, 1991-1992.
Administrative Assistant, Lesley College (admissions office), Cambridge MA, 1990-1992.
Lab Assistant, Berklee College of Music, Boston MA, 1989.
Peer Tutor, Berklee College of Music, Boston MA, 1989.
Prior work experience includes piano instructor, canoe instructor, swim & water safety instructor, lifeguard, camp counsellor, waitress, cleaner, painter.

Major Projects:

Composing music - constant and ongoing
CD recording, “Elise Letourneau & Brian Browne - Live at GigSpace”, 2015.
Requiem for Fourteen Roses - concert-length work composed for the 25th anniversary of the École Polytechnique Massacre. 2014
Initiated TheC7Prize with composer Donald Patriquin (Montreal), with its emphasis on performances throughout Canada and the U.S., 2013. [www.theC7prize.com]
CD recording, “Capital Vox Sings Letourneau”, with Capital Vox Jazz Choir, 2012.
CD recording, “Pas de Deux”, with pianist Harry Pickens, Peace Café Records, 2003.
CD recording, “I Will Sing For You”, with Elise Letourneau band, Peace Café Records, 2001.
Founder/Director, Grace Notes, a service organization that brings one-on-one music performances to the terminally ill and dying, concerts to underfunded public schools, and brings music to groups of people who cannot attend concerts without physical difficulty, 1998-2006.
Author, “The Stage Fright Handbook: A Musician’s Guide to Surviving Performance Anxiety and Overcoming Nervousness”. 2002
Author, “To Flirt with Words: Poetry and Lyrics, 1995- 2002”. 2002.
CD recording, “Short Story”, with guitarist Tim Bedner, 1997.
Cassette recording, “Tim & Elise”, with guitarist Tim Bedner, 1996.


• Attributes: creative, highly organized, enthusiastic, excellent problem solver, discreet, multifaceted, resourceful, thorough, motivated, personable, well-spoken, deliberate, listens well, remembers details, quick-thinker

• Music: performance (piano, voice, flute, bass flute), composition, arranging & orchestration, group & individual instruction, curriculum planning, choral direction, transcription, copyist

• Communication: exceptional writing skills (English), adept at organizing & presenting information, coaching & instruction, public speaking, basic French skills, events management

• Computer: both Mac & Windows/PC platforms, database, word processing, page design, internet research, e-mail, scanning, web design, graphics, spreadsheet, social media

• Office: traditional & electronic correspondence, planning, scheduling, proofreading and editing, presentation, records management, small business, promotion, publicity, bookkeeping/accounting, filling orders, billing, telephone, fax, copier, library, filing

• Typing: 54 wpm