Elizabeth MacIsaac is a multi-faceted musician: choral conductor by day and soprano by night!
Elizabeth MacIsaac is the founding director of Victoria women's choirs Ensemble Laude and Encanta (www.ensemblelaude.org). Her service in the choral community in British Columbia Choral community has been twice recognized: in 2012 when she received the BCCF Herbert Drost Award for community choral excellence and again in 2017 when she received the Amy Ferguson Award for outstanding choral direction fostering excellence in superior vocal practice.
MacIsaac is in demand as a facilitator, radio guest and adjudicator for voice, piano and choirs.
She has just completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington where she was Assistant Conductor for the University Chorale and Assistant Musical Director for PacificMusicWorks and UW's production of Gluck's Orfeo.
MacIsaac's graduate work has led directly to a multitude of presentations and performances at conferences around North America, including a presentation at Stanford in May 2018 and performances and talks at Canada's National Choral Conductors Conference, Podium, in July 2018. Her newly written dissertation, nominated for several awards, explores previously unknown Baroque motets located in the Quebec Ursuline Monastery Archives. She will perform several of her transcriptions with famed Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc in May and July 2018.
As vocalist, Elizabeth MacIsaac is especially recognized for her superb performances of early music. She studied Medieval music under such luminaries as Barbara Thornton and Ben Bagby of Sequentia, and Baroque vocal performance practice with Stephen Stubbs, Guillemette Laurens and Julianne Baird. Her chamber ensemble Continuum Consort, founded with lutenist/ guitarist Doug Hensley, also has a strong interest in contemporary music commissioning and premiering new Canadian compositions. Ms. MacIsaac lived for several years in Paris, teaching and sustaining an active schedule as a touring artist. Upon her return to Canada in 1996, she energetically involved herself on many levels in the musical life of the city of Victoria, championing choral excellence amongst her many ensembles. Maintaining her musical involvements abroad, Ms. MacIsaac continues to tour as a soloist and presenter whenever possible, traveling to many choral conferences each year with her musical husband Ian Bullen.
On the Go! Watch for Continuum Consort's New CD, coming out in Autumn 2018...meanwhile...upcoming performances listed here...
May 26-27, 2018 Quebec City Lancement du Pôle Culturel, Ursuline Monastery, Quebec City. Presentation on the Baroque Figural Motets of Quebec and Concert with Suzie Leblanc (soprano) and Richard Pare (organ)
June 1-3, 2018 Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Conference, Stanford University, California. A celebration the 100th anniversary of independence for the Baltic republics. MacIsaac will present a paper on the Music of Estonian composer, Pärt Uusberg.
June 29-July 3, 2018 Podium Conference, St John's Newfoundland. Every two years, Canada's choral directors gather to share their music and their research. MacIsaac will present her dissertation material and direct Ensemble Laude in a special Spotlight Concert.
November, 2018 CD release and concert by Continuum Consort. A selection of little known early 19th century Viennese repertoire for voice, flute and guitar.
Formore information about Ensemble Laude please go to: www.ensemblelaude.org