Elise's Bio

Elise Letourneau is an award-winning composer, and an accomplished songwriter, multi-instrumentalist performer, arranger, and educator. 

An associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, Elise won the prestigious Ruth Watson Henderson composition competition, the Choral Canada (ACCC) composition competition, and the inaugural Diane Loomer award for choral composition. For four years running she was shortlisted as a finalist for The American Prize in choral composition. Blurring the lines between classical, jazz, and popular music, her compositions have been performed internationally, by well-respected ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Canada’s National Youth Choir, the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the Cantiamo Girls’ Choir, and The Bach Music Festival of Canada choir and orchestra. Soloists who have performed her music include Colin Ainsworth, Leslie Fagan, and Ellen McAteer. 

Elise maintains an active performance schedule as a solo artist, with The Fieldown Singers, and with Glamour Profession (a Steely Dan tribute band). She has shared a stage with Brian Browne, Paula Cole, Bob Dorough, Sheila Jordan, Janet Lawson, Janis Siegel, and others. She teaches piano, voice, flute, and composition at Alcorn Music Studios, and she is the director of the Ottawa Singer-Songwriter Camp. Elise directs Vox Eclectica Women's+ Choir, and she founded and directed Canada’s first community jazz choir, Capital Vox. She is on the music faculty at Carleton University. She has released 6 CDs and 3 MP3 collections. 

Elise is a graduate of Berklee College of Music (Boston MA), and earned a M.Ed. specializing in creative arts and learning at Lesley College (Cambridge MA).  

The Fieldown Sessions - The Fieldown Singers 
The Glimmer Mass – The Fieldown Singers  
Winter 1 Collection – The Fieldown Singers  
Spirit 1 Collection – The Fieldown Singers  
The Long & Winding Road – Brian Browne & Elise Letourneau 
Requiem for Fourteen Roses – choral work – 2 CDs  
Capital Vox Sings Elise Letourneau – choral works  
Pas de deux – Elise Letourneau & Harry Pickens  
I Will Sing for You – Elise Letourneau & band  

“Elise Letourneau capitalizes on her active background in the jazz field, while also displaying considerable skill writing academically/classically oriented music. Letourneau writes with vivid imagination, confidence, and a willingness to try new things in the choral idiom.”  
– Giselle Wyers, Chair of Voice & Choral, University of Washington School of Music  

“With a distinct compositional profile, generated by a fascinating choice of texts, the choral music of Elise Letourneau is melodious, inevitably memorable, and always accessible.”  
– Judging Panel, The American Prize in Choral Composition