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Leonard Enns: Biography

Leonard Enns
1948 -
Region: Ontario

Leonard Enns

Leonard Enns was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1948. He holds advanced degrees from Northwestern University, Chicago, with a PhD in Music Theory (with a PhD dissertation on the choral music of Harry Somers).

Enns’ compositions range from vocal and instrumental solo works to major works for full choral/orchestral forces. Among various recognitions, in 2007 he was named the International Winner of the Polyphonus choral composition competition, sponsored by the Esoterics Chamber Choir of Seattle, Washington. His Nocturne, commissioned by the Guelph Spring Festival in 2005, was nominated as JUNO Classical Composition of the Year in 2010. His I Saw Eternity is the title track on the eponymous 2013 JUNO nominated CD by the Elora Festival Singers on the Naxos label (Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance).

Recent premieres of significant commissioned works include Waking for the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus, San Francisco (2019); the 25-minute work, This Thirsty Land, for choir, strings and oboe for the University of Guelph choirs, Guelph Ontario (2018); I will lift up mine eyes for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (2016); Aperi, Domine, os meum for ChAPW, Warsaw Poland (at the Warsaw Filharmonia, October 2015); and There is a River the national RCCO convention, Winnipeg Manitoba (2015).

Recordings dedicated solely to Enns’s music include the 2006 Centredisc NorthWord, by the Elora Festival Singers, and the 2007 CD Hammer and Wind, featuring instrumental chamber and vocal solo works. His choral music appears on the commercial recordings of numerous choirs, including those of the Canadian Chamber Choir, the Winnipeg Singers, the Toronto Children's Chorus, San Francisco's Golden Gate Men's Chorus, and more than a dozen others. His 20-minute Vanishing Point for Organ and saxophone is recorded on the eponymous 2016 CD by Allen Harrington (saxophone) and Lottie Enns-Braun (organ) on the Ravello label.

See his website (lenns.ca) for the most up to date information.


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