Celebrating 43 Years

As Canada's International Choral Festival

ABOUT

Now in its 43rd season, the Elora Festival has established a reputation as Canada’s international choral festival, presenting world-class choirs and vocal ensembles over three weeks in July in the artists village of Elora, “Ontario’s most beautiful village”.

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 State Choir LATVIJA and such vocal ensembles as VOCES8, 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.

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Mark Vuorinen, Artistic Director and Conductor

Mark Vuorinen is Artistic Director and Conductor of The Elora Singers and the Elora Festival and Waterloo Region's Grand Philharmonic Choir.  He is also Associate Professor and Chair of Music at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo and is the President of Choirs Ontario. A recipient of many awards, Mark was the 2016 Laureate of the Ontario Arts Council's Leslie Bell Prize, and received a 2016 National Choral Award from Choral Canada (Association of Canadian Choral Communities) for his research on Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.  Mark holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Master of Music degree from Yale University's School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music.

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Laura Adlers, Executive Director

Laura Adlers is the Executive Director of The Elora Singers and the Elora Festival, both under the artistic direction of Mark Vuorinen. Since 2019, Laura has navigated both organizations through the unique challenges of the pandemic, including strategic planning, financial management, artistic administration, board development, marketing, fundraising, outreach programming, and community engagement.

The Elora Festival
Elora Centre For The Arts
75A Melville Street
Elora, ON  •  N0B 1S0
Phone: (519) 846-0331

STAFF

Mark Vuorinen, Artistic Director and Conductor
Laura Adlers, Executive Director
Christina Stelmacovich, The Elora Singers Manager
Steve Hornett, IT Consultant

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Peter Barr, FCA, FCPA, Board Chair
Retired Deloitte Partner

Justin Gorgi, Treasurer
Accounting Manager
Chartered Professional Accountant
Calibre LLP

Laura Robertson, Secretary
Retired Operations Manager
Focus Assessments/CBI Health Group


Ken Frey
President
Frey Communications Inc.

Kate Hoad-Reddick
Experiential Learning Developer & Instructor
College of Arts, University of Guelph

Marta McCarthy
Assistant Professor and Conductor
University of Guelph

 

Alex Miller
President
ESRI Canada Limited

Alan Ralston
Chair, Board of Directors
Ralston CanSafe Inc.

Megan Korol Rooney
Crown Prosectuor

Ken Seiling
Retired Regional Chair
Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Naheed Somji
Digital Marketing Director
Him&Her Inc.

Julie Wilson
Legal Resources & Innovation Lawyer
Gowling WLG