Morna Edmundson


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Morna Edmundson is one of Canada’s best-known choral conductors with a strong reputation for excellence.  Passionate since childhood about choral singing, she obtained degrees and diplomas in vocal music in Vancouver, Bellingham, and Stockholm, Sweden where her teachers included Eric Ericson.  In 1987, she co-founded Elektra Women’s Choir with Diane Loomer, a treasured partnership that lasted 22 years.  In 2009, Morna became Elektra’s sole Artistic Director, continuing the choir’s strong leadership role in concert presentation, commissioning, recording, and mentorship. 

For 14 years Morna shared her love of quality repertoire with a new generation of singers in her role as Associate Artistic Director of Coastal Sound Music Academy, where she was Music Director of the mixed-voice Youth Chamber Choir.  She has adjudicated in North America and Asia, conducted honour choirs in several states, co-directed the American Choral Directors Association National Women’s Honour Choir, and gives frequent workshops with choirs of all ages. 

In 2000 Morna was presented with the Healey Willan Award for outstanding service to the BC Choral Federation, an organization she serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Council. In February 2009 Morna was a recipient of the BC Community Achievement Award, which recognized her gifted organizational talent, leadership by example, and her encouragement of others to pursue their musical and choral goals. In June 2011 Morna received a Vancouver YWCA Woman of Distinction award in recognition of her work with Elektra. In June 2013 she began a three-year term as a Board member of Chorus America. 

"Canada has a wealth of fine Canadian choral composers and arrangers and Cypress Choral Music is devoted to presenting and promoting their music to the world of choral singing. Much choral music is written for average choirs and the Cypress catalogue has many quality user-friendly options. However,

Dr. Nickel, owner of Cypress, asked me to find excellent music intended for accomplished treble choirs, for singers who are eager and ready for more demanding repertoire. Here are ten hand-picked selections Elektra has found to have real staying power with singers and audiences.  Please check them out by clicking the link below."    M.E.

The Elektra Women’s Choir Series

Morna with the Elektra Women’s Choir