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Artistic Director: Noel Edison

Noel Edison- credit Sophie Hogan 2014
Noel Edison is well established as one of the most versatile and charismatic conductors in the world today. As the conductor and artistic director of two world-class Canadian ensembles, the large-scale Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the chamber-sized Elora Singers, Edison is widely recognised and appreciated for his skillful, interpretive work with both choir and orchestra. Twenty members of the Elora Singers serve as the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

A native of Toronto, Edison moved to the scenic village of Elora, where, in 1979, he co-founded the Elora Festival and, a year later, the Elora Singers as its choir-in-residence. Since 1984, Edison has served as Artistic Director of the Elora Festival as well as Organist and Choirmaster of one of the few all-professional church choirs in Canada at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Elora. In 1988, he established the Elora Festival Orchestra.

In 2002 the University of Guelph conferred upon Noel the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music, and on January 22, 2009, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour.

2016/2017 The Elora Singers

Lesley Bouza
Katy Clark
Rebecca Genge
Lindsay McIntyre
Teresa Mahon
Julia Morson
Kate Wright
Julia Barber
Kirsten Fielding
Valeria Kondrashov
Nellie Scholtes
Christina Stelmacovich

Chris Fischer
Bryan Rankine
Steve Surian
Steve Szmutni
Andrew Walker
James Bourne
Michael Cressman
Jeff Enns
Paul Grambo
Richard Hrytzak
Lawrie McEwan

2016/2017 – Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Elora Singers professional core

Lesley Bouza
Joanne Chapin
Lindsay McIntyre
Teresa Mahon
Julia Morson
Kate Wright
Julia Barber
Kirsten Fielding
Charlotte Hodgkins
Claudia Lemcke

Nicholas Gough
Valdis Jevtejevs
Robert Kinar
Steve Szmutni
Andrew Walker
Jordon Collalto
Lawrie McEwan
Marc Michalak
Jordan Scholl
David Yung


Noel Edison O. Ont., B. Mus., D. Mus, Artistic Director
Christopher Sharpe, Festival Manager–  x 7412
Esther Farrell, Elora Singers’ Manager & Librarian —  x 7411
Jared Davison, Marketing & Communications —  x 7413
Jane Rapp, Volunteer Coordinator   x 7414
Trisha Lee, Bookkeeper —  x 7410
Dawn Randall, Office Manager — x7400

Board of Directors

Chris Houston, Past Chair
John Spearn, Chair
Kevin Embree, Treasurer
Charlotte Logan, Secretary
Bonnie Cooper
Kate Stanley
Duncan Hossack
Trace Molson
Laura Robertson
Jim Pernfuss

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