Louise Elder – Music Director
Louise is an IBC – Islander By Choice, having moved here in the fall of 2016 from Ontario with her husband. They are making their new home here and quickly learning that the Island is a vibrant, busy place with wonderful people, great music and beautiful landscapes. They are enjoying their new home and province immensely.
Louise grew up in a musical household where there was always someone practicing at the piano or some other instrument. Her parents had a dance band and every Saturday they would be out playing with at least two of the kids in the orchestra on any given night. Louise’s Mom was church organist at the rural United Church where Louise grew up and sang in the choirs there. Sunday mornings were always busy getting a family of 7 children all ready for church and getting there in time for the choir warmup before the service!
Louise studied piano and receiver her ARCT in her final high school year. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and during that time, switched from piano to study pipe organ. Bach became one of Louise’s favourite composers. Louise went on to get her teaching degree and taught in the elementary school system in Ontario where she directed both instrumental and vocal classes, bands, choirs and small ensembles.
Louise was music director at Melville UC in Fergus, Ontario for 3 years and held the same position at Elora UC for 16 years. Senior choirs and junior choirs and praise bands, cantata choirs and special concerts were all part of the role.
Louise has always enjoyed conducting choirs and directed the Centre Wellington Singers for 9 years. This is a mixed choir of 50-65 singers who continue to sing and have just celebrated their 20th anniversary at which Louise was proud to be invited back to conduct part of the program.
Louise is very happy to be part of the Trinity ministry team. What a joy it is to work with all the amazing musicians in the choirs and ensembles at Trinity. She is very grateful that God has lead her here and honoured to have this opportunity to assist in the musical worship of Trinity in Summerside.
She invites anyone to speak with her at any time if they have questions and thoughts about the music at Trinity. She invites all those of any age to consider joining one of the music groups at Trinity to sing or ring a handbell, or play and sing as part of the contemporary choir.