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Over its 40-year history, the Elora Festival has been recognized as one of North America's signature choral festivals, though it also presents all forms of classical, jazz, folk and popular music.
The Festival's ensemble-in-residence is The Elora Singers, one of Canada's finest professional chamber choirs. The choir performs throughout the three weeks of the festival, both with solo concerts and in collaboration with guest artists and ensembles. The Elora Festival and The Elora Singers are both led by Artistic Director Mark Vuorinen.
The Elora Festival has presented such internationally-recognized choirs as the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Chanticleer, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal , the Trinity College Choir, the Estonian National Opera Boys' Choir, the State Choir LATVIJA and such vocal ensembles as Voces 8, Cantus, The Gesualdo Six, and others.
Additional guest artists include such celebrated luminaries as Maureen Forrester, Gordon Lightfoot, Holly Cole, Sarah McLachlan, Moe Kaufman, Dame Cleo Laine, Jesse Cook, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Andre Laplante, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Randy Bachman, Ben Heppner, Chantal Kreviazuk, Natalie Macmaster and Measha Brueggergosman.