Elmer Iseler: Choral Visionary

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Dundurn, Jul 28, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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In a career that spanned five decades, Elmer Iseler proved himself pivotal to the development of choral music in Canada. After founding Canada’s first professional choir in 1954, he became artistic director and conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. In 1979 he established Canada’s leading chamber choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers. He also enjoyed a long association with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducting more than 150 performances of Handel’s Messiah and premiering complex twentieth-century music.

Under his baton, choirs achieved international stature for technical brilliance and artistic versatility. He has, in the estimation of many, created a vibrant, world-class choral infrastructure in Canada.

The most decorated musician in Canada, honoured with many awards nationally and internationally, Iseler has made an impact that will continue undiminished through his many recordings, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting, and the Elmer Iseler National Graduate Fellowships in Choral Conducting at the University of Toronto.

 

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Contents

Foreword byJessie Iseler
6
Preface
8
Acknowledgements
13
An Incredible Beginning
19
The Muse Beckons A Partner Emerges
33
The Wider World
46
The Ultimate Pedagogue
67
Founding a Chorus
93
Celebrating a Nations Birthday
192
Maintaining Momentum
207
Clearing the Bar Keeping the Faith
224
Living the Abundant Life
240
The Last Days
262
The Legacy
290
Port Colborne
312
Elmer Iseler Chronology
317

Total Collapse to the White House Lawn
105
The Festival Ends
123
An Alternative Theme
153
Confronting Everest
173
Notes
321
Index
346
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Walter Pitman has been a federal MP and an Ontario MLA, president of Ryerson University, and director of the Ontario Arts Council. He is a Member of the Order of Ontario; an Officer of the Order of Canada; and the author of Elmer Iseler, Music Makers, and Louis Applebaum. Currently, he lives in Toronto.

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