Nove Voce, Prince George Tapestry Singers and Cantore Allegre have joined together to bring Canadian choral expert Morna Edmunson to Prince George January 31 and February 1. These three groups have worked together several times and are thrilled to be bringing in a work shopper of Morna’s calibre.
Each group will be spending two or more hours working on their repertoire with Morna and seeing how it can be improved and polished.
Morna Edmundson is one of Canada’s best-known choral conductors with a strong reputation for excellence. Passionate since childhood about choral singing, she obtained degrees and diplomas in vocal music in Vancouver, Bellingham, and Stockholm, Sweden where her teachers included Eric Ericson. In 1987, she co-founded Elektra Women’s Choir with Diane Loomer, a treasured partnership that lasted 22 years. In 2009, Morna became Elektra’s sole Artistic Director, continuing the choir’s strong leadership role in concert presentation, commissioning, recording, and mentorship.
In 2000 she was presented with the Healey Willan Award for outstanding service to the BC Choral Federation, an organization she serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Council. In February 2009 Morna was a recipient of the BC Community Achievement Award, which recognized her gifted organizational talent, leadership by example, and her encouragement of others to pursue their musical and choral goals. In June 2011 Morna received a Vancouver YWCA Woman of Distinction award in recognition of her work with Elektra. Since 2013, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Chorus America, the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that serves the choral field.
“We are delighted to host her in Prince George,” said director Robin Norman “We are incredibly lucky to have such a thriving choral community in Prince George and any chance we have to improve and learn is great. Nove Voice has a big concert on February 8 so an extra polish on the weekend before is really just icing on the cake.”
You can hear the work at Nove Voce’s upcoming concert Winter, Fire and Snow, February 8 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Tickets are $20 available at Books and Company.