Elizabeth MacIsaac


Affiliation: Victoria Conservatory of Music
Presentation: Interest Session
Title: A Rich Legacy from 18 th C. Quebec: Motets of the Ursuline and Hospitaller Convents
Abstract: Music formed an essential cultural element in the settlements of New France. Manuscripts in the Hotel-Dieu and Ursuline archives contain Canada’s first sacred works for women’s voices, composed in the figural style of the French high Baroque. This session includes newly transcribed works as well as performance practice suggestions.

Biography: Elizabeth MacIsaac has directed choirs for more than 25 years in Canada, USA, and France, and is the Artistic Director of the Canadian women’s choir Ensemble Laude. She is deeply involved in the international choral community, travelling widely to attend global choral conferences as a presenter and choral clinician. MacIsaac lived in Paris for many years, directing choirs and free-lance performing as an early music specialized soprano. Upon her return to Canada, MacIsaac joined the faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She is currently completing her DMA at the University of Washington, Seattle. For her distinguished
service and support of choral music in British Columbia, MacIsaac recently received the prestigious Herbert Drost Award from the BCCF. In 2016, MacIsaac was the recipient of a CFUW Fellowship. She is profoundly committed to commissioning and performing works by contemporary composers. MacIsaac is especially recognized for her work in bringing medieval song repertoire into the realm of community choirs.