Thus, in 2009, the Ensemble Laude Choral Society (ELCS) was born. ELCS is a registered non-profit society within British Columbia and has charitable status with the Canada Revenue Agency. Like the choir, its purpose is to encourage and promote education and performance of choral music. As such, we focus on the research, performance, and enjoyment of medieval, early, and unique multicultural music, frequently in collaboration with other singers and instrumentalists. ELCS is staffed with a hearty crew of volunteers who are dedicated to ensuring the smooth operation of Ensemble Laude, while allowing themselves to dream big dreams for the choir’s future.
Since the 2011-12 choral season, Ensemble Laude has released its first CD, commissioned compositions from renowned composers Nicholas Fairbank, Andrea Young, Sarah Quartel, Kathleen Allen and Victor Zupanc, and competed (and won!) in the Kathaumixw International Choral Festival in Powell River in July 2012, the 2014 BC Festival of the Arts, and the 2015 National CBC choral competition for Amateur Choirs.
And we continue to have big plans for this choir: In August 2016 we travelled to France as an invited choir at the international Choralies festival, and in Summer 2018 we will travel to St John’s, NFL as a Spotlight Choir at the national Podium festival. Dreams come true, indeed!
Current board members are Arlene Carson, Tory Stevens, Marilyn Wolovick, Ian Bullen, Sheilagh McIvor, Megan Scott, Catherine St Denis, Kathleen von Kanel, Margaret Lewis, Glenys Verhulst and Allison Benner.
If you or your business is interested in helping to make more of our dreams come true, please see our page about donations and sponsorships. Your support of our organization and choir is deeply appreciated.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia, CRD, Greater Victoria Savings and Credit Union, MacLean’s Foundation and Thrifty Foods.