The Elmer Iseler Singers (EIS), conducted by artistic director Lydia Adams, enters its 40th Anniversary Season in 2018/19. This 20-voice fully-professional choral ensemble, founded by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler in 1979, has built an enviable reputation throughout Canada, the United States and internationally through concerts, broadcasts and recordings — performing repertoire that spans 500 years, with a focus on Canadian composers.
EIS present a five-concert series in Toronto each season, and are featured at concerts, workshops, and festivals throughout Canada. Touring is also a major component of EIS activities, with two multi-city tours in the 2016/2017 season – one to Western Canada and one to Atlantic Canada.
Annually, EIS sponsors choral workshops through their GET MUSIC! Educational Outreach Initiative for secondary school conductors and choirs, concluding with a joint public performance.
In addition to her work with EIS, Lydia Adams is conductor and artistic director of the Amadeus Choir. In September 2016 the women from both EIS and Amadeus Choir, along with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, joined with the TSO to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. Then in February 2017, EIS and Amadeus Choir joined with the TSO (Stéphane Denève, conductor) for the Fauré Requiem.
The Elmer Iseler Singers are a 2014 National Choral Award recipient and a 2017 Juno Nominee in the “Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance” category.