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Choral Conducting Masterclass – Ninth Edition

March 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm (19:00) - March 24, 2018 @ 5:30 pm (17:30)

$300.00 – $400.00

In March 2018, the Montreal Choral Institute will once again be offering its annual three-day intensive workshop on choral conducting. Six conductors selected from among all applicants will work individually with some top-notch Montreal choirs under the guidance of internationally renowned conductor Andrew Megill.

Andrew Megill

Since his appointment as Choral Director of the OSM Chorus a few years ago, Andrew Megill has earned the respect and admiration of everyone on the Montreal musical scene, be they choristers, soloists, instrumentalists, composers, colleagues or members of the public. To find out more about Dr. Megill, please visit one of the following websites:

University of Illinois School of Music
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal


Sessions with choir
1. Thursday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Les Voix Parallèles de l’École de musique Vincent-d’Indy
2. Friday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Adleisia
3. Saturday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Seraphim
4. Saturday, March 24, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Voces Boreales

Private and group sessions
Friday, March 23, during the day


Sessions with choir
Church of St. John the Evangelist
137 President Kennedy Avenue
Montreal, QC H2X 3P6

Private and group sessions
The participating conductors will be advised at the beginning of the masterclass of the location where these sessions will take place.

Participating choral conductors

  • Paul Genyk-Berezowsky
  • Brett Walker
  • Dorothéa Ventura
  • Gohar Manvelyan
  • Beatrice Madeleine Cadrin
  • Anne Hébert

Participating choirs

Artistic Directors: Amelia McMahon and Virginie Pacheco
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Works by Joan Szymko, Don MacDonald, Stephen Chatman

Artistic Director: Léa Moisan-Perrier
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Works by Sergei Rachmaninov

Artistic Director: John Guzik
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Works by Alonso Lobo, Matthew Martin, Einojuhani Rautavaara

Artistic Director: Andrew Gray
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Works by Imant Raminsh, Stephanie Martin, Jeff Smallman

Application deadline: January 5th, 2018

Conductors wishing to apply are asked to forward the following documents to masterclass@montrealchoralinstitute.ca (via YouSendIt, DropBox or any other file-sharing service):

  • Letter of interest
  • Résumé
  • Two or three excerpts from video or audio recordings of their work

Applicants selected for active participation will be informed of the Institute’s decision on January 12, 2018. One of the participants from Canada will receive the $500 Iwan Edwards Award.

If you have any questions, please send an email to the address indicated above.

Enrolment fee

(in Canadian dollars)

Active participants

Regular: $400

Full-time students: $300

Auditors: $50

For active participants, the enrolment fee covers the following:

  • Thirty (30) minutes at the podium during each session with choir (for a total of two hours)
  • Individual evaluation
  • Group work on selected themes

Auditors will be invited to attend the sessions with choir and to take part in a group session held specifically for them.

Other expenses
Please note that participants are responsible for all travel, accommodation and incidental expenses. The Institute can, however, provide assistance in finding accommodation and reasonably priced meals.

Sessions open to the public

Members of the public have access to all sessions with choir (see schedule above). Admission is free, but free-will offerings are welcome.


March 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm (19:00)
March 24, 2018 @ 5:30 pm (17:30)
$300.00 – $400.00
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Montreal Choral Institute


Church of St. John the Evangelist
137, av. du Président-Kennedy
Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P6 Canada
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