For close to two decades, Ensemble Laude women's choir has enchanted audiences on Vancouver Island with its creative blend of medieval repertoire and contemporary choral works from around the world. Ensemble Laude is a community of women united by a passion for choral music and the vision of our Artistic Director, Elizabeth MacIsaac. We celebrate the beauty and resilience of women?s vocal traditions through the ages and seek to share this art form through joyful, soulful, and life-enhancing performances that gladden the heart, lift the spirit, and expand the mind.
As an auditioned community choir, Ensemble Laude provides opportunities for women and girls from a wide range of backgrounds to perform at a high level of excellence. Soloists and smaller ensembles are a strong feature of our work as is the choir?s creative approach to concert presentation and the use of physical space. In recent years, the choir has been recognized with first-place awards at the Victoria Performing Arts Festival and Performing Arts BC, first and second-place awards at the 2012 International Choral Kathaumixw, and numerous voters? choice awards for best choral and classical music group from Victoria?s Monday Magazine. Ensemble Laude won second place in Equal Voice in the 2015 CBC Choral Competition, and in 2016 travelled to France to represent Canada at the international Choralies festival in Vaison-la-Romaine.
Ensemble Laude is an invited Spotlight choir at the Podium 2018 festival in St John's, NL.
Ensemble Laude began in 1998 with a group of 12 singers focused solely on medieval music. It has since expanded into a vibrant community choir of over 50 vocalists. Today, our concerts offer an eclectic repertoire, mostly unaccompanied, encompassing early music, sacred and secular works, and folk and world music. We are committed to expanding choral repertoire for women's voices and regularly commission new Canadian works that preserve and revitalize early-music themes within contemporary settings.
If you enjoy early and world music and wish to share our passion for choral and chamber singing, we'd love to hear from you.
Ensemble Laude consists of female voices of all ages and musical backgrounds. From professional musicians to people who learn music by ear, from music students to mature singers, our voices blend into a harmonious, cohesive whole under the inspired musical leadership of Elizabeth MacIsaac.
Additional Info for Choristers
New singers are normally admitted in September following an audition, but please feel free to contact us at any time if you have an interest in joining. Singers must possess good intonation and vocal independence, but are not required to have music reading skills.
Choir members receive instruction in various choral styles, including early music performance traditions and techniques. Experienced vocalists are offered solo and small group opportunities within the concert context.
Ensemble Laude rehearses Tuesday evenings, from September to June, with a break in January and February. Regular attendance, barring illness, is required.
Rehearsals are held at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 3787 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria BC.
The choir performs several concerts on southern Vancouver Island each year. Ensemble Laude has four main performances that all members are required to attend in December and June in Victoria. We also perform for charities and other events at various times during the year, but these are optional for choir members.
The annual chorister fees of $300 include membership to the Ensemble Laude Choral Society for the two regular sessions. Summer session for tours or festivals is offered at an additional fee.
If you are interested in being a part of this unique choral experience and would like more information about join