Eleanor Daley (composer)

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Eleanor Daley
Birth nameEleanor Joanne Daley
Born (1955-04-21) April 21, 1955 (age 67)
Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
GenresChoral and Church Music
Occupation(s)Composer, Choir director, Choral Clinician and Accompanist
Instrument(s)organ, piano
Years active1982 – present
WebsitePublished Works of Eleanor Daley

Eleanor Joanne Daley OC[1] (born April 21, 1955) is a Canadian composer[2] of choral and church music,[3] a church choir director, choral clinician and accompanist. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.[4] Among her best-known works are The Rose Trilogy and Requiem.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Daley was born in Parry Sound, Ontario. She earned a bachelor's degree in organ performance from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and attained diplomas in piano and organ, having studied in both Canada and England.


As a composer, Daley has been commissioned by choral groups and arts organizations throughout North America and Europe.[6] In Canada, she composed for the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Amadeus Choir, the Bach Children's Chorus, the Maryland State Boychoir, the Amabile Youth Singers, Toronto Children's Chorus, the Cantabile Singers of Kingston, the Savridi Singers, the Vancouver Men's Chorus and the Victoria Scholars.

Daley worked under commission to a number of groups in the United States, including the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Texas Woman's University, the Texas Choral Directors Association, and received the 2008 Brock Commission from the American Choral Directors Association.[7] Commissions from Europe include festivals in Norway and Germany, and England's Oxford University Press. Daley's music has been published by Canadian, US, and UK-based printing houses.

Daley's a capella work "I Sing a Maiden" was performed in New York in 2014 by a 400-voice choir as part of an International Women's Day celebration.[8]

Daley continues to work as a composer. Her work "My Master from a Garden Rose" has been recorded by the Genesis Ensemble.[9] 2018 she serves as the music and choir director at Fairlawn Avenue United Church and as accompanist for the Bach Children's Chorus.

She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2022, "for her contributions to Canadian music and choral culture as a renowned composer and accompanist."[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Order of Canada appointees – December 2022". The Governor General of Canada. 29 December 2022. Retrieved 29 December 2022.
  2. ^ Peña, Susan L. (15 December 2008). "Vivaldi the centerpiece for Wheatland Chorale". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  3. ^ The American Organist. Vol. 43. American Guild of Organists. 2009. p. 17.
  4. ^ "Fiorito: Toronto Choral Society offers ghostly strains". Toronto Star, By Joe Fiorito, April 25, 2012
  5. ^ Robert Chase (2007). Memento mori: a guide to contemporary memorial music. Scarecrow Press, Incorporated. p. xvi. ISBN 978-0-8108-5745-2.
  6. ^ The Voice of Chorus America. Chorus America. 2006.
  7. ^ "Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission". American Choral Directors Association. Archived from the original on 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2016-03-27., Retrieved March 2016
  8. ^ "Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents Lust & La Femme Mystique: Carmina Burana and Music in Celebration of International Women’s Day in Review". New York Concert Review, Barrett Cobb, March 14, 2014
  9. ^ "Genesis Ensemble a new Naples vocal sound". Naples Daily News, Harriet Howard Heithaus. July 20, 2017
  10. ^ "Order of Canada appointees – December 2022". Governor General of Canada. 29 December 2022. Archived from the original on 29 December 2022. Retrieved 29 December 2022.

External links[edit]

  • Eleanor Daley at Alliance Music Publications. Retrieved 18 January 2013.