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Choral Conducting Masterclass — Seventh Edition

January 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm (19:00) - January 16, 2016 @ 5:30 pm (17:30)

$300.00 – $400.00

What an enriching experience this has been! Our deepest thanks to Andrew Megill for his precious teachings! And congratulations to our own Thomas Burton, member of the Voces Boreales’ tenor section and choir conductor, for winning the Iwan Edwards Award 2016!

Front row (left to right): Monique Orvoine; Brian Stevens; Claude-Marie Landré; Andrew Megill, masterclass leader; Amelia McMahon; Pascal Germain-Berardi; Thomas Burton; Johanna Crooymans, President of the Montreal Choral Institute’s Board of Trustees.

Next January, 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, January 14, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  2. Friday, January 15, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  3. Saturday, January 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  4. Saturday, January 16, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Private and group sessions
Friday, January 15, during the day


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

Private and group sessions
To be determined

Participating choral conductors

Thomas Burton
Pascal Germain-Berardi
Claude-Marie Landré
Amelia McMahon
Monique Orvoine
Brian Stevens

Participating choirs

Artistic Directors: Amelia McMahon and Virginie Pacheco
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Abbie Betinis – The Mirthful Heart
Ola Gjeilo – Northern Lights
Conrad Susa – Carols and Lullabies (nos. 3, 4 and 7)

Artistic Director: Margo Keenan

Morten Lauridsen – O Magnum Mysterium
Don Macdonald – Winter Sun
Timothy C. Takach – ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime

Artistic Director: Penni Clarke

Anton Bruckner – Virga Jesse
Edvard Grieg – Ave Maris Stella
Robert Parsons – Ave Maria
Francis Poulenc – Salve Regina

Artistic Director: Andrew Gray

Einojuhani Rautavaara – El Grito (from Suite de Lorca)
Sven-David Sandström – Until the Daybreak
Thomas Tallis – O Nata Lux

Application deadline: November 15, 2015

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 December 5, 2015. 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 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.


January 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm (19:00)
January 16, 2016 @ 5:30 pm (17:30)
$300.00 – $400.00
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Montreal Choral Institute Masterclasses


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