It was fun to receive an email this morning after all the good news this week, saying that one of my images of Eleanor Stubley of the Yellow Door Choir, from a few years back, got published in the
Westmount Independant paper this week in the Jan 15th edition. Eleanor is quite a remarkable person. Not only is she a music director, choral director, professor, writer and much more, but she also suffers from a debilitating form of Multiple Sclerosis that prevents her from walking and having full use of her upper body and arms-until she is on stage that is…then miracles happen. 🙂
This is her bio:
Eleanor Stubley is the director of graduate studies at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, where she has taught courses in aesthetics, conducting, and Canadian music since 1989. After winning the Jean Goldman Scholarship at the University of Toronto, Eleanor went on to earn her ARCT in French horn at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music in 1984. She received a master’s degree from Brandon University in 1985 and her doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1989. She has studied with Helmut Rilling, Ton Koopman, Victor Feldbrill, and Elmer Isler and has received major awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Fonds pour la formation de chercheurs et l’aide à la recherche (FCAR), and the Canada Council.
In 1992, Eleanor won international acclaim for her work in the International Dvorak Competition. The Gazette in 1996 described her as “one of Canada’s most promising young conductors.” She has been involved with numerous contemporary music projects sponsored by the Canadian Music Centre, the BBC, CBC Radio and Radio-Canada, and the Sibelius Academy of Music (Finland). Eleanor has performed in international contemporary music festivals with the Massey Singers, the Bach Festival Orchestra, Lapulaa, the Vancouver Chamber Singers, and members of the Canadian Opera Company. She is also music director of Chora Carmina, a professional chamber ensemble that specializes in contemporary world music. Her recent film with the Molinari String Quartet, The Pines of Emily Carr, has been described as “beautifully performed” (Starweek), “stark and stirring” (Toronto, Globe and Mail), and “a poster child for the pure art side of the festival” (Montreal, The Gazette).
Critically acclaimed as an author and scholar, Eleanor is completing her book: Music on My Mind, Music in My Body.SHARE
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