Elise Letourneau


Affiliation: Carleton University Vocal Jazz Ensemble & Elise Letourneau Music
Presentation: Interest Session, Participatory Workshop
Title: Composing Improv: Singing safely without a net
Abstract: How do you encourage singers to bridge the gap from vocal trust exercise to concert-worthy group vocal improv? Composition and improvisation aren’t as far apart as one might think. With the overall goal of creating unique musical moments in time, we’ll explore ways of creating safe frameworks to sing within.

Biography: Composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Elise Letourneau is the director of the Carleton University Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She founded and directed Canada’s first community jazz choir, Capital Vox. She maintains an active performance schedule both as a solo artist and with The Juliet Singers, and she has shared a stage with Brian Browne, Paula Cole, Bob Dorough, Sheila Jordan, Janet Lawson, Janis Siegel, and others. An associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, Letourneau is a multiple award-winning composer and an accomplished arranger, songwriter, poet, and educator. Blurring the lines between classical, jazz, and popular music, her compositions have been performed internationally, by high-caliber ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Canada's National Youth Choir, Toronto Children's Chorus, and Cantiamo Girls' Choir. She earned a B.Mus. at Berklee College of Music, and a M.Ed. specializing in creative arts and learning at Lesley College. She lives in Ottawa ON. www.eliseletourneau.com