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.
Ensemble Laude began in 1998 with a group of 12 singers focused solely on medieval music. It has since expanded into a vibrant choir of about 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.
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. In 2015, Ensemble Laude won second place in our category in the national CBC competition for amateur choirs. In 2016 we represented Canada at the international Choralies festival in France, and performed at the Eglise St Pierre d'Arène in Nice, at the St. Sauveur Cathedral in Aix-en-Provence. In 2016 we also hosted the Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco.
Ensemble Laude will be featured as a Spotlight choir at the national Podium choral Festival in St John's, NFL in 2018.
We are proud to offer fundraising concerts for worthy community organizations such as Bridges for Women, Women in Need, and Rainbow Kitchen.
Ensemble Laude Choral Society is the not-for-profit organization (with Registered Charity status) which runs the Ensemble Laude choir. Like the choir, its purpose is to encourage and promote education and performance of choral music. As such, we focus on the research, performance, and enjoyment of early music and unique multicultural music, frequently in collaboration with other singers and instrumentalists.
About Ensemble Laude Women's Choir
Please see our web site www.EnsembleLaude.org
What People Are Saying
"What an adventurous programme. And BRILLIANTLY executed. Thank you!"
— Mark H. audience member