ABOUT

Over the years, the Elora Festival has encompassed all forms of classical music, international music, jazz and folk. Guest Musicians who have appeared at the Elora Festival include such popular Canadian 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, Dawn Upshaw, Randy Bachman, Ben Heppner, Steven Page and many more.

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In the summer of 1979, Professor Michael Purves-Smith fell in love with the beautiful village of Elora and dreamed of establishing a festival of music there fashioned after the world-renowned Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts. A small group of like-minded residents shared his vision and pooled their efforts to present the first Three Centuries Festival the following August. The critics were generous in their praise - the inaugural Festival was a hit! The annual Festival continued to grow in stature and fame; the refining of its mission and name along the way resulted in the establishment of the Elora Festival in 1990.

Over the years, the programming of the Elora Festival has encompassed all forms of classical music, international music, jazz and folk. The guest musicians, conductors, singers, entertainers, and artists who have appeared at the Elora Festival over its many years of making beautiful music include such popular Canadian 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, Dawn Upshaw, Randy Bachman, Ben Heppner, Steven Page and many more.

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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 has been Executive Director of The Elora Singers and Festival since March 2020.  Recognized for her leadership skills, she has worked primarily with performing artists and arts organizations in Canada and abroad and is known particularly for her work with Canadian and international choirs over the past thirty years.

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
Jane Rapp, Volunteer Manager
Nikki Gomes, Box Office/Patron Services
Christina Stelmacovich, The Elora Singers Manager

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
Operations Manager
Focus Assessments/CBI Health Group


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

Zack Leighton
Senior VP
Sub Management Group

Alan Ralston
Chair, Board of Directors
Ralston CanSafe Inc.

Ken Seiling
Retired Regional Chair
Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Naheed Somji
Digital Marketing Consultant

Julie Wilson
Legal Resources & Innovation Lawyer
Gowling WLG

Kate Wright
Professional Singer, The Elora Singers

Laura Adlers
Executive Director