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Elmer Iseler Singers

Elmer Iseler Singers | Toronto Hunt Club 2016 (Photo: Michael Romaniuk)
Elmer Iseler Singers | Toronto Hunt Club 2016 (Photo: Michael Romaniuk)



Address: 2180 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4N 3K7



Phone: 416-217-0537  Fax: 905-880-3482

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The Elmer Iseler Singers, conducted by artistic director Lydia Adams for the past 19 years, is a 20-voice professional choral ensemble based in Toronto. Founded by the late Dr Elmer Iseler in 1979, the Singers have 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.

In addition to its own five-concert subscription series in Toronto each season, the Elmer Iseler Singers regularly participate as guest performers with other musical organizations such as the Toronto Symphony and Esprit Orchestra.

Touring is also a major component of the Singers activities, with a seven-city Western Canada concert and workshop tour scheduled for April 19-29, 2017. In addition to the many workshops presented as part of their tour, the Elmer Iseler Singers annually sponsor choral workshops in Greater Toronto through their GET MUSIC! Educational Outreach Initiative for secondary school conductors and choirs that conclude with a joint public performance.


The Folks Behind It All

Lydia Adams (Photo: Maura McGroarty)
Lydia Adams (Photo: Maura McGroarty)

Lydia Adams

Lydia Adams, Conductor and Artistic Director of both the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Amadeus Choir, has been hailed by the Canadian Music Centre as “the new leading exponent of the Canadian choral composer”. She has been a national leader in commissioning, premièring, performing and recording Canadian choral works, as well as guiding her choristers in the performance of five centuries worth of choral masterpieces. An innovative programmer, Ms Adams has included over 50 new commissions in the past 15 years. Her own compositions are performed worldwide.

A native of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Ms Adams received her musical education at Mount Allison University, New Brunswick; the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio, London, England, where she worked closely with Sir David Wilcox. She has conducted choral works of Canadian composers including Somers, Freedman, Applebaum, Watson Henderson, Hatzis, Daley and Togni. She has toured extensively and guest conducted throughout Canada and the United States.

Recently, Lydia Adams was appointed Visiting Associate Professor in Choral Studies at Western University for the 2016/2017 season. She is the Artist Recipient of the 2013 Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the 2012 winner of the Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition from the Toronto Arts Foundation.

The Elmer Iseler Singers


Anne Bornath

Amy Dodington

Gisele Kulak

Claire Morley

Cathy Robinson

Alison Roy


Joan Campbell

Claudia Lemcke

Andrea Ludwig

Laura McAlpine


Ben Jisoo Kim

Eric MacKeracher

Mitchell Pady

Will Reid

Michael Sawarna

Edward Wiens


Alexander Jozefacki

David King

Nelson Lohnes

Graham Robinson

Michael Thomas



2016-2017 Season


Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 4:00 pm
Eglinton St. George’s United Church

A concert of glorious choral sounds accompanied by the brilliant playing of James Campbell, clarinet, Shawn Grenke organ and piano, and strings led by the TSO’s Mark Skazinetsky. The concert will include music of Bach and Mozart, as well as the gorgeous colours of Northern Sketches by Srul Irving Glick, the mystical Shaman Songs of Gary Kulesha and the stunning Salutation to the Dawn of Eleanor Daley.

More details here or call 416-217-0537

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Friday, December 2, 2016, at 8 pm
Metropolitan United Church

Guest Artists: The Amadeus Choir, vocal soloists, Patricia Wright, organ; Robert Venables and Robert DeVito, trumpets and orchestra.

The Elmer Iseler Singers are joined by the Amadeus Choir for their well-loved traditional performance of Handel’s Messiah, where the beauty, historical atmosphere and the acoustics of Metropolitan United Church enhance both the solemnity and energy of this magnificent work.

More details here or call 416-217-0537

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Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 7:30 pm
St. Anne’s Anglican Church

This series concert with acclaimed soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and pianist and composer Serouj Kradjian will be a celebration of the spirit of hope for peace in the future of humankind. The concert will feature Armenian sacred music of the 13th to 20th centuries. This will also be a celebration of Isabel Bayrakdarian’s launch of her new CD, material from which will be included in our concert.

More details here or call 416-217-0537

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Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 7:30 pm
Trinity St. Paul’s United Church

With special guests Eleanor McCain and Hussein Janmohamed

Come and celebrate the music from Eleanor McCain’s “True North: The Canadian Songbook,” and share the launch of her new CD.  Canadian compositions by Howard Cable, Eleanor Daley, Hussein Janmohamed, Harry Somers and Derek Healey will also be featured.

More details here or call 416-217-0537

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Monday, May 8, 2017, at 7:30 pm
Metropolitan United Church

Lydia Adams (conductor) joined by guest conductors from participating secondary schools with their choirs.

Join Canada’s conductor/mentor/clinician Lydia Adams and the Elmer Iseler Singers for a grand finale and performance of Canadian and International composers with participating secondary school choirs and their respective conductors.

This is an Educational Outreach Initiative in Memory of John C. Bird

More details here or call 416-217-0537


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