Diane Loomer, C.M. recipient of the Order of Canada, 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, was internationally recognized as one of Canada's leading musicians. Her choral compositions were published and recorded internationally, and she frequently appeared on CBC national radio as a spokesperson for the classical arts. She taught on the Music Faculty of the University of British Columbia. The first woman to conduct the National Youth Choir of Canada, Ms. Loomer received the Healey Willan Award in 1990 for her service to choral music in British Columbia; in 1994, she was named YWCA Vancouver’s Woman of Distinction for Arts and Culture; and in 1997 and 2004 received Distinguished Alumni Awards honouring her achievements. In 2002, she was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for her significant contribution to Canada’s culture.
The following year, Ms. Loomer was appointed by the University of Victoria to the University Women’s Scholar Lecture Series and in 2005 was appointed conductor emerita at Dalhousie University. In 2008 she was named a Paul Harris Fellow to the International Rotary Foundation for her tangible and significant assistance for furthering better understanding among peoples of the world, and in 2010 the Association of Canadian Choral Communities presented Diane with their Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her work promoting choral music in Canada. In 2011 Diane was the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Letters degree from the University of British Columbia. She was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College in May 2012.
Diane passed away December 10, 2012.
To view the program of her Celebration of Life please click here. CBC's Sheryl McKay talked to CBC music producer Grant Rowledge about the celebration on North By Northwest and you can listen to the interview here.
A memorial web page for Diane has been established at ilasting.com. There you will find photos, videos, musical clips, and shared memories, You are warmly invited to add your own condolences and memories there.
Chor Leoni established the Diane Loomer Commissioning Endowment Fund for Chor Leoni Men's Choir in 2011. We will be honouring Diane, in perpetuity, by periodically creating major choral works for men's choir in her name, drawing from this fund.
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