Choral Conducting Masterclass — Sixth Edition

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In March 2015, the Montreal Choral Institute will present the sixth annual edition of its three-day intensive workshop on choral conducting. Seven conductors selected from among all applicants will work individually with two 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

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Schedule

Sessions with choir
Thursday, March 26 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, March 27 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, March 28 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Private and group sessions
Friday, March 27, during the day

Location

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

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Private and group sessions
To be determined


Participating choral conductors

Roseline Blain
Xavier Brossard-Ménard
Charlotte Cumberbirch
Andrew Dibble
John Guzik
Virginie Pacheco
Eliza Rush

Participating choirs

LES MUSES CHORALE (March 26 and 27)
Artistic Director: Xavier Brossard-Ménard
Website>>

Repertoire
Edvard Grieg – Ved Rondane
György Ligeti – Mátraszentimrei Dalok
Francesco Landini – Angelica Biltà
Karmina Šilec – Kresnice
Jakob Jež – Igraj Kolce

CHŒUR DU PLATEAU (March 28)
Artistic Director: Roseline Blain
Website>> (in French only)

Repertoire
Anton Bruckner – Os Justi
Anton Bruckner – Ave Maria
Orlando di Lasso – La nuict froide et sombre
Maurice Duruflé – Ubi Caritas


 Application deadline: December 22, 2014

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 5, 2015. Those from Canada will automatically be eligible for the Iwan Edwards Award (see sidebar), which covers the enrolment fee and provides a per diem. The recipient of the award will be informed prior to the masterclass and will have the opportunity to meet with Maestro Edwards.

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.

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