Telfer [née Lindsey], Nancy (Ellen)
- Elaine Keillor
(b Brampton, ON, May 8, 1950). Canadian composer and choral conductor. She attended the University of Western Ontario (1968–72, 1977–9), earning the BA in music education and the BMus in music theory and composition. Her teachers there included Deral Johnson and Kenneth Bray. After initial employment as a public school teacher she began to compose full-time in 1979, prompted by a steady stream of commissions. She is particularly well known for her choral works, each of which is carefully crafted both to suit and to challenge the choir for which it was intended. This goal applies whether the choir be from a junior school, a small church, or a large professional organization. Many of her works are inspired by the outdoors, as are a number of the varied texts which she has set. Neo-romantic in her approach to form and timbre, she imaginatively manipulates compositional techniques in an effort to fully illuminate the text. For example, ...