"MacIsaac's choir is like one great, glittering instrument. The conductor plucks the strings, weaving the sound around and through to make a glorious musical tapestry."

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Welcome!

Dr. Elizabeth MacIsaac, DMA, Choral Conducting, University of Washington 2017, is a multi-faceted musician: choral conductor by day and soprano by night!

A profound believer in life-long learning and always honing her craft, MacIsaac’s modus operandi as a pedagogue is to generate joyful, creative musical engagement when tackling challenging vocal and choral objectives.  Presenter and performer at many choral and vocal conferences each year, she is deeply inspired by and involved in the international singing community.

MacIsaac received her DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington in 2017. She has taught voice and directed choirs of all ages in Canada, France and the United States. Whilst maintaining a dynamic double career as both singer and conductor. MacIsaac lived in Europe for many years, performing and teaching music. Upon her return to Canada, she joined the faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music (voice, piano) and founded the Ensemble Laude which is now celebrating its 21st season.

For the past three years, MacIsaac has taught at the University of Victoria as s a Sessional Lecturer in Choral Pedagogy at the University of Victoria and as Interim Director of the University Chorus.

MacIsaac's graduate work led directly to a multitude of presentations and performances at conferences around North America, including a presentation at Stanford in May 2018 and at Canada's National Choral Conductors Conference, Podium, as wells as performances of the works in Quebec with Suzie LeBlanc. The dissertation, nominated for several awards, explores previously unknown Baroque motets located in the Quebec Ursuline Monastery Archives. 

 In terms of choral leadership, MacIsaac was recently awarded the Amy Ferguson Award by the BC Choral Federation (2017) for "outstanding choral direction fostering superior vocal practice" and the Quarter Note Honoree designation from Choral Canada. Her work has received grants from the Victoria Foundation for outreach projects with school choirs in the Greater Victoria area and for founding the Emerging Artists Programme, a conducting training apprenticeship for vocalists. 

MacIsaac is a founding member of Continuum Consort (2001- ongoing), a mixed chamber ensemble which explores a gamut of repertoire spanning medieval music to avant-garde collaborative pieces. Among its many projects, Continuum Consort has commissioned more than 20 works, released several CD’s and toured twice to Korea with newly written Canadian and Korean compositions.

Dr. Elizabeth MacIsaac 

Convaincue que l’apprentissage se poursuit tout au long de la vie, Elizabeth MacIsaac cherche sans cesse à perfectionner ses créations. Dans cette optique, celle-ci est depuis 2018 titulaire d’un Doctorat en Musique délivré par l’Université de Washington, à Seattle.

Sa thèse est le fruit de recherches poussées dans les archives des Ursulines de Québec et a notamment permis de retrouver un répertoire musical historique considéré comme étant la première polyphonie baroque du Canada.

Désireuse de faire vivre l’intérêt de ses chorales pour le médiéval et le folklore, MacIsaac a arrangé de nombreuses chansons et s’inspire perpétuellement des musiques chorales que le monde entier a à lui offrir. Élève de Barbara Thornton, Stephen Stubbs, Guillemette Laurens et Julianne Baird, soprano accomplie en musique ancienne, elle dirige des choeurs de tous niveaux au Canada, en Europe et aux États-Unis. Dans les années 1990, Elizabeth MacIsaac a enseigné et pratiqué la musique à Paris.

À son retour au Canada, elle est devenue professeure au Conservatoire de musique de Victoria et a cofondé le choeur de chambre Continuum Consort. La Fédération Chorale de Colombie-Britannique lui a attribué, au cours de sa carrière, des distinctions pour services exceptionnels et pour le travail remarquable qu’elle accomplit en tant que cheffe de choeur.

Très impliquée dans la communauté chorale locale et internationale, MacIsaac est depuis 1998 directrice artistique de la chorale pour femmes de l’Ensemble Laude. Elle met un point d’honneur à transmettre l’enthousiasme que lui procure le chant en l’enseignant à l’université de Victoria (Colombie-Britannique) mais également en partageant son expérience de cheffe de choeur, maître de conférence, coach vocale et jury dans des concours de chant, à travers des conférences de chant choral dans le monde entier.

On the Go!
Continuum Consort's New CD...see CD page

April 2021 Adjudicator, West Coast Choir Festival

April 2021 Virtual Choir Project RELEASE... in collaboration with Concordia University and The King's University, Edmonton

2020-2021 University of Victoria Chorus Director

For more information about Ensemble Laude please go to: www.ensemblelaude.org