Fi­nal­ist Or­léans com­poser for The Amer­i­can Prize in choral com­po­si­tion

Elise Le­tourneau ex­cels in choral com­po­si­tion

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Com­poser-per­former, and Or­léans res­i­dent, Elise Le­tourneau has been se­lected as a fi­nal­ist for The 2013 Amer­i­can Prize in the choral com­po­si­tion cat­e­gory.

The Amer­i­can Prize in Com­po­si­tion rec­og­nizes and re­wards the best com­posers in Amer­ica of new works for orches­tra, cho­rus, con­cert band, or cham­ber en­sem­ble that have been pub­licly per­formed.

"Cap­i­tal­iz­ing on her ac­tive back­ground in the jazz field, while also dis­play­ing con­sid­er­able skill writ­ing aca­dem­i­cally/clas­si­cal­ly­ori­ented mu­sic, she re­veals an im­pres­sive amount of craft and con­fi­dence in writ­ing con­tra­pun­tally while mov­ing through key cen­ters," said the panel of her work. "Le­tourneau writes with vivid imag­i­na­tion and a will­ing­ness to try new things in the choral id­iom."

Le­tourneau’s sub­mis­sion in­cluded her "Four Love Po­ems by E.E. Cum­mings" for dou­ble choir and jazz trio, per­formed by the Van­cou­ver Cham­ber Choir with Jon Wash­burn di­rect­ing, "Peace Prayer" for mixed choir and pi­ano, per­formed by Canada’s National Youth Choir with Ivars Tau­rins and Joel Tran­quilla di­rect­ing, and "Ave Maria" for tre­ble voices and pi­ano, per­formed by the Toronto Chil­dren’s Cho­rus with Elise Bradley di­rect­ing.

She is also the most re­cent win­ner of the Ruth Wat­son Hen­der­son com­po­si­tion com­pe­ti­tion and the ACCC com­po­si­tion com­pe­ti­tion. She has been named an as­so­ciate com­poser of the Cana­dian Mu­sic Cen­tre.

Le­tourneau is the di­rec­tor of two choirs in Ot­tawa: Cap­i­tal Vox Jazz Choir and Vox Eclec­tica Women’s Cham­ber Choir. She per­forms re­gion­ally and teaches at Al­corn Mu­sic Stu­dios and Car­leton Univer­sity. great au­di­ence in this area we wanted to reach out to."

Born in Ha­vana, Cuba, De Ar­mas and Proveyer moved to Ot­tawa two years ago, which they now con­sider their adopted home.

The Latin Jazz Night/Soirée de jazz latin will com­bine the propul­sive rhythms and spir­ited melodies of Latin mu­sic with jazz har­monies and im­pro­vi­sa­tion.

De Ar­mas says his hope is to in­tro­duce Cana­di­ans to the works of an orig­i­nal Cuban tal­ent whose per­for­mances are noth­ing short of a mas­ter class in orig­i­nal Cuban jazz rhythms.

The doors of the Richcraft Theatre, 245 Cen­trum Blvd., will open to the pub­lic at 7 p.m. and tick­ets are al­ready on sale on the Shenkman’s web­site.

Photo: Pro­vided

Or­léans res­i­dent Elise Le­tourneau could take home top Amer­i­can Prize.

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