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Eleanor Daley (born April 21, 1955) is a Canadian composer of choral and church music, a church choir director, choral clinician and accompanist. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. Among her best-known works are The Rose Trilogy and Requiem.

Daley was born in Parry Sound, Ontario. She earned a bachelor’s degree in organ performance from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and attained diplomas in piano and organ, having studied in both Canada and England. 

As a composer, Daley has been commissioned by choral groups and arts organizations throughout North America and Europe.  In Canada, she composed for the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Amadeus Choir, the Bach Children’s Chorus, the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the Amabile Youth Singers, St. Mary’s Children’s Choir, the Cantabile Singers of Kingston, the Savridi Singers, the Vancouver Men’s Chorus and the Victoria Scholars.

Daley worked under commission to a number of groups in the United States, including the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Texas Woman’s University, the Texas Choral Directors Association, and received the 2008 Brock Commission from the American Choral Directors Association. Commissions from Europe include festivals in Norway and Germany, and England’s Oxford University Press. Daley’s music has been published by Canadian, US, and UK-based printing houses. Daley’s a cappella work “I Sing a Maiden” was performed in New York in 2014 by a 400-voice choir as part of an International Women’s Day celebration.

Daley continues to work as a composer. Her work “My Master from a Garden Rose” has been recorded by the Genesis Ensemble. 2018 she serves as the music and choir director at Fairlawn Avenue United Church and as accompanist for the Bach Children’s Chorus.

Each Child

by Eleanor Daley
poetry by Scot Denton

SSA with piano – KH 029 – duration 4:15

Two artistic powerhouses joined forces to create this subtle beauty: Eleanor (composer) and Scot Denton (actor and poet) The results are stunning. Well crafted and approachable, this message reaches hearts far beyond the Yuletide season.
Each child brings its own own love
When he or she is born, the world is changed
if only just a little bit.

Loyal Hearts

by Eleanor Daley

SATB with piano – KH 063 – duration 4:35

There are loyal hearts, there are spirits brave, 
There are souls that are pure and true; 
Then give to the world the best you have, 
And the best will come back to you. 

Missa Brevis No. 8

by Eleanor Daley

SATB a cappella – KH 068 – duration 3:30

Kyrie, Benedictus, Hosanna and Agnus Dei composed in a very practical and compelling way by Eleanor. The three movements can be presented separately or together as a trilogy.

O Be Joyful in the Lord

by Eleanor Daley

SATB with organ or piano – KH 075 – duration 3:35

Psalm 100 is one of the happiest poems. Eleanor’s setting of the ancient text would make a wonderful introit or benediction to any service or program.

• O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands : serve the Lord with gladness,
and come before his presence with a song.
• Be ye sure that the Lord he is God : it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
• O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise :
be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.
• For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting :
and his truth endureth from generation to generation.
• O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands,

O Lord, Support Us

by Eleanor Daley

SATB a cappella – KH 077 – duration 1:25

This beautiful prayer, from the Book of Common Prayer, is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Elmer Iseler (1927-1998). Dr. Iseler was a prominent figure in the choral world and one of Canada’s treasures. Eleanor’s composition would make a fitting benediction for almost any occassion.
O Lord, support us all the day long 
until the shadows lengthen and evening comes, 
and the busy world is hushed, 
and the fever of life is over 
and our work is done; 

then in thy great mercy, 
grant us safe lodging, 
and holy rest, 
and peace at the last, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord.