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Leonard Enns: Biography

Leonard Enns
1948 -
Region: Ontario

Leonard Enns

Leonard Enns has been commissioned by Canadian ensembles such as Winnipeg Singers and Elora Festival Singers, by more modest school and church groups, and by organizations including the Guelph Spring Festival and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. American commissioners include the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus (San Francisco) and the Vassar College Choirs (Poughkeepsie, NY). Beyond regular concert performances, his works are performed at international festivals and conventions, including World Choral Symposia in Vienna (1987) and Kyoto (2005), several North American ACDA Conventions, various Choral Canada’s Podium conventions, and Newfoundland’s Festival 500 among others.

He has won Chicago’s His Majestie’s Clerkes Choral Competition (1995), Seattle’s Esoterics Chamber Choir Polyphonos choral competition (2007) and is a double award winner in the 2013 Boston Metro Opera art song competition (for two different song cycles) as international examples. Canadian awards include a JUNO nomination for Nocturne as Classical Composition of the Year (2010), the 1998 Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Award for Missa Brevis.

Well over two dozen recordings include his music, among which two are dedicated solely to his compositions: NorthWord (2006) recorded by the Elora Festival Singers on the Canadian Music Centre Centrediscs label, and Hammer and Wind (2007), an independent release, featuring instrumental and vocal chamber works.

Enns is Professor Emeritus at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and is founding director of the nationally acclaimed DaCapo Chamber Choir (www.dacapochamberchoir.ca).

For the most up to date information and list of works go to www.lenns.ca.


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