Saskatchewan Choral Federation

EnChor Chamber Choir


EnChor was formed in the summer of 2007 by its Artistic Director, Diane Loomer C.M. to encourage “senior singers” to continue to use their talents, sharpen their brains and keep them off the streets on Friday mornings. 

Her invitation to singer-friends “over 55” recruited a group of 20 willing and experienced musicians with an average age of 65.

EnChor Chamber Choir & Elektra Women's Choir in Concert

Friday, May 21, 2010

Knox United Church

838 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon

4:30 pm (doors open at 4:00 pm)


Tickets - $10 Adult, $5 Student/Senior

Under 12 free when accompanied by an adult


The original brave band of 20 has swelled, via “friendly” auditions to our current 40 singers. For performances we were fortunate to start at the top, joining Chor Leoni, Elektra, the UBC Opera singers and the VSO, for their annual round of traditional Christmas concerts. We were a hit on the retirement home circuit this past year, where we sang to audiences even older than us. Our plans include performing our second “Over the River and Through the Woods” concert of Thanksgiving in October, Christmas with the VSO and engagements with Artsway.

Diane Loomer C.M., Artistic Director

Diane Loomer, C.M., director and founder of Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, co-founder and conductor emerita of Elektra Women’s Choir, and most recently founder and conductor of EnChor Chamber Choir is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s leading musicians. She is a sought-after conductor and clinician on the international choral scene with engagements taking her to all corners of the world. Her choirs have repeatedly won first place prizes in national and international competitions and her choral compositions have been published and recorded internationally.  Diane has conducted ACDA State Honour Choirs, ACDA National Honour Choirs, Provincial Youth Choirs and Honour Choirs in every province in Canada. 

Ms.Loomer has received many awards for her work in choral music, the three most recent being her appointment in 2005 by the University of Victoria to the University Women’s Scholar Lecture Series, in 2006 as conductor Emeritus to Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and in 2009 named as a Paul Harris Fellow to the International Rotary Foundation for her tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding among the peoples of the world. She established Cypress Choral Music as a valuable publication source of new Canadian choral music. In recognition of her achievements in and service to music and humanity throughout Canada, Diane was honored to receive in the country’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada.

Ailsa Lawson Zaenker, Accompanist

Pianist Ailsa Lawson Zaenker has been active in many facets of Vancouver’s musical life for nearly four decades as soloist, chamber musician, teacher, choir director, adjudicator and clinician. “PianOrchestra “best describes Ailsa’s collaboration. She was pianist with Vancouver Opera for over forty productions and has broadcast on CBC. She made her debut with the CBC Winnipeg Orchestra at age 15 and is pleased to be making her encore with EnChor.

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