Through the 'Norwegian Spring' project, Elektra's priorities are to learn, to experience cultural and musical exchange, and to share the results with the public at the highest artistic level. Norwegian conductor, Maria Gamborg Helbekkmo, is one of the finest conductors of women's choirs in the world. With decades of exemplary leadership, she is an artist and a teacher and all involved will grow immeasurably from their contact with her. Primarily, the full-length concert format will combine Ms. Edmundson, Artistic Director of Elektra, and Ms. Helbekkmo's presentation of Norwegian, Canadian and other repertoire new to Elektra and to Vancouver audiences through a true artistic, cultural exchange and collaboration. The most important goal of this project will be the fostering of bonds between communities: Elektra (a week long schedule of rehearsal and mentorship), Mira (Elektra's high school mentorship program), local conductors and choristers (BCCF and Kiwanis Music Festival), and choral students from UBC, allowing for observation, robust engagement and social connection.