Finalist Orléans composer for The American Prize in choral composition
Elise Letourneau excels in choral composition
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.
Orléans resident Elise Letourneau could take home top American Prize.