Ensemble Laude has received recognition from the performing arts community in Victoria, British Columbia, and beyond in a variety of ways:
- In 2018 Ensemble Laude was an invited Spotlight choir at the national Podium choral conference in St John’s, NL.
- In 2017, Artistic Director Elizabeth MacIsaac was awarded the Amy Ferguson Award for outstanding choral direction fostering excellence in superior vocal practice.
- In 2016 Ensemble Laude was an invited choir at the international Choralies festival in France.
- Ensemble Laude won Second Place in Equal Voice in the 2015 CBC National Competition for Amateur Choirs.
- A wonderful review of our Sanctuary concert, Spring 2014, from Music in Victoria.
- Ensemble Laude won the Honourable Barbara A. Hagerman Choral Award (Class 100) at the 2013 Performing Arts BC provincial festival.
- At the 2013 Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, Ensemble Laude received the Victoria Choral Society Award (In Memory of Dr. Lionel Adey) for the festival’s “Most Outstanding Choral Performance”.
- In 2013, Ensemble Laude was chosen as Victoria’s “Favourite Classical Performer or Group” in Monday Magazine’s annual M Awards. For the previous three years, Ensemble Laude was chosen as Victoria’s “favourite vocal ensemble” making this this choir’s fourth consecutive M Award.
- The BC Choral Federation (BCCF) selected Elizabeth MacIsaac as the 2012 recipient for the Herbert Drost Award for “distinguished service and support of choral music throughout BC.”
- At the 2012 Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, Ensemble Laude’s chamber group, Encanta, won the Capriccio Choir Award for a choir which demonstrates excellence and “The Spirit of Choral Music.”
- At the 2012 International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River, BC, Ensemble Laude’s chamber group, Encanta, won first place in the Equal Voice category and Ensemble Laude won second place. It was an exciting honour and privilege to share the stage with world class choirs from around the globe.
- In 2011, Ensemble Laude was given a legacy award from Arts Sustainability Victoria for its “high level of contribution to the community and to your arts discipline in particular.”
Ensemble Laude is grateful for this supportive confirmation that our music has touched the lives and hearts of people in our community and beyond. We’re also so appreciative of the constant flow of positive feedback that we receive from our audience members as well as the charities we seek to support.
“Hearing the women sing, I felt their deep connection with the spirit at work in the Rainbow Kitchen, a spirit of giving abundantly from the heart… One felt a host of winged presences in the women’s voices, and a ‘cloud of witnesses’ with us from ancient times to now. It was as though they were lifting up the voices of forests and clear-running mountain streams, bringing voices from all across the earth and history into this one place and time… I am so grateful to Elizabeth MacIsaac and the women of this rare and gifted choir. They create a place of sanctuary for our aspirations to compassion, and our highest mode of humanity.” ~ Barbara Colebrook Peace (poet)
Photo Credit: Lillian Sly © 2009