75A Melville Street, Elora, ON N0B1S0
Over its 40-year history, the Elora Festival has been recognized as one of North America’s signature choral festivals, though it also presents all forms of classical, jazz, folk and popular music. The Festival’s ensemble-in-residence is The Elora Singers, one of Canada’s finest professional chamber choirs. The choir performs throughout the three weeks of the festival, both with solo concerts and in collaboration with guest artists and ensembles. The Elora Festival and The Elora Singers are both led by Artistic Director Mark Vuorinen.
The Elora Festival has presented such internationally-recognized choirs as the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Chanticleer, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal , the Trinity College Choir, the Estonian National Opera Boys’ Choir, the State Choir LATVIJA and such vocal ensembles as Voces 8, Cantus, The Gesualdo Six, and others. Additional guest artists include such celebrated luminaries as Maureen Forrester, Gordon Lightfoot, Holly Cole, Sarah McLachlan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Andre Laplante, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Randy Bachman, Ben Heppner, Chantal Kreviazuk, Natalie Macmaster and Measha Brueggergosman.
The Folks Behind It All
Canadian conductor Mark Vuorinen is Artistic Director of The Elora Singers and the Elora Festival and Waterloo Region’s Grand Philharmonic Choir. He is also Associate Professor and Chair of Music at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo. A recipient of many awards, Mark was the 2016 Laureate of the Ontario Arts Council’s Leslie Bell Prize, and received a 2016 National Choral Award from Choral Canada (Association of Canadian Choral Communities) for his research on Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Mark holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Master of Music degree from Yale University’s School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. Recent concert highlights include performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Britten’s War Requiem, Arvo Pärt’s Passio and Credo, Canadian premieres of Jonathon Dove’s There was a Child, and Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard, Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Ad Genua and Reena Esmail’s This Love Between Us.