"Elizabeth MacIsaac's clear sparkling voice and delightful manner charmed the large crowd."
-Victoria Times Colonist

 

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Elizabeth MacIsaac enjoys a reputation in her own country and abroad as an artist of great expressive range and technical accomplishment. Her reputation is very much centred around her performances of early music but in the past several years has expanded her vocal interests to include music from 18th to early 21st century. A strong interest in contemporary music has led to premieres of works by international composers such as David Loeb, Nicolai Sani and Canadians John Abram and Nicolas Fairbank.

Ms. MacIsaac lived and performed throughout Europe from 1990 to 1996, sustaining a busy schedule as a touring artist. Among other engagements, Ms. MacIsaac performed extensively with the French early music ensemble Musicantique. In 1994, she travelled to Dublin as featured guest artist for an international conference of Passionist Monks, performing "A Musician's Tour of 17th Century Italy". She was also music director and teacher at several international schools.

Since relocating to Victoria in 1996 Elizabeth MacIsaac has continued her active and varied career as a performer. For many summers, she returned to Britain and Wales to concertize with the distinguished harpsichordist/organist David Ponsford.

Ms. MacIsaac is the founder of the Victoria based women's medieval vocal group "Ensemble Laude", which recorded its first CD in 2002.

In the West, she has performed on several occasions with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, The Victoria Symphony, the St Cecilia Orchestra, CappriCCio Vocal Ensemble and the Burney Ensemble. As well she has appeared with the Palm Court Orchestra, and the Whitehorse Community Choir.

As soloist with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth MacIsaac has received enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics, ("MacIsaac has a wonderful voice, bright, expressive and pure!"), the Palm Court Orchestra, ("Elizabeth MacIsaac's clear sparkling voice and delightful manner charmed the full house") and the Portland Baroque Orchestra, ("With a pure clear voice MacIsaac sang with great simplicity. Her voice soared in the high register, filling the hall."), as well as with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and numerous chamber ensembles ("Possessed of a warm flexible clear-toned voice, MacIsaac…gives immediacy to the most obscure material in her expressive performances.")


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