Choral Conducting Masterclass – Eleventh Edition

On March 19, 20, and 21, 2020, the Montreal Choral Institute will once again offer an intensive conducting workshop. Six selected conductors will receive individual coaching from Andrew Megill and work with four Montreal-based choral ensembles.

Andrew Megill

A few years ago, Montreal was delighted to welcome Andrew Megill as the new OSM Chorus director. An international figure on the choral scene, Megill is much loved by choristers, soloists, instrumentalists, composers, and public alike.

For more info about Andrew Megill’s activities, see https://music.illinois.edu/faculty/andrew-megill and https://www.osm.ca/en/the-osm-chorus/

Applications

Candidates who wish to participate in the masterclass must hand in the following before 11:00 p.m. on January 24, 2020. Candidates will be contacted within the 10 following days.

  • Curriculum vitæ
  • Motivation letter
  • Two contrasting conducting videos (YouTube and Vimeo, etc)

Email all necessary material to <masterclass@montrealchoralinstitute.ca>

Cost (only for selected candidates)
$500 for regular admission
$400 for students

Masterclass Schedule and Participating Choirs

Coaching with choirs
Thursday, March 19, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Ensemble Kô (SATB)
Matthew C. Lane, artistic director

Friday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Adleisia (SA)

Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Seraphim (SATB)
John Guzik, artistic director

Saturday, March 21, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Les Voix parallèles (SATB)
Léa Moisan-Perrier, artistic director

Individual and group coaching
All day Friday; times and location TBD.

Location

Coaching with choirs
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church
137, avenue du Président-Kennedy
Montréal (Québec) H2X 3P6

Individual and group coaching
TBD

Conducting Masterclass with Gabriel Crouch

The Montreal Choral Institute is proud to announce that Gabriel Crouch, former King’s Singers member and senior lecturer at Princeton University, will hold a conducting masterclass for choir conductors willing to learn from his first-class experience.

Each selected conductor will conduct Voces Boreales, one of Montreal’s professional choral ensembles, under Gabriel Crouch’s baton, providing conductors with techniques for their conducting approaches.

Applications

Conductors may email their CV, letter of interest, and video link to <masterclass@montrealchoralinstitute.ca>

Deadline: October 20, 11:00 p.m.
Podium time: 25 minutes
Cost: $100 for selected candidates

Repertoire

When David Heard – Eric Whitacre
The Lamentations of Jeremiah – Knut Nystedt
Stabat Mater Dolorosa – Jevgeņijs Ustinskovs

Repertoire includes selections from Voces Boreales’s In Illo Tempore concert. Information about this concert will be posted soon.

Gabriel Crouch

Gabriel Crouch was born on 19 September 1973. Musically inclined since the age of eight, he joined the choir of Westminster Abbey. He became the Head Chorister of that choir and even had a solo at the wedding of HRH Prince Andrew and Miss Sarah Ferguson.

From 1996 to 2004, he held the second baritone position in the King’s Singers, in a period that included their Grammy nomination for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2001. Formerly the director of the DePauw University Choral Ensembles, he currently is a senior lecturer at Princeton University and directs the Princeton Glee Club and Chamber Choir and the early music ensemble Gallicantus. He has recorded and produced numerous records for many major labels, most notably BMI and Hyperion. In January 2008, the Gabrieli Choir’s CD The Road to Paradise, which Crouch produced, was nominated for ‘Best Choral Recording’ at the BBC Music Awards.

Workshop with Gabriel Crouch

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The Montreal Choral Institute (MCI) is proud to announce that Gabriel Crouch, former King’s Singers member and senior lecturer at Princeton University, will hold a choral workshop for singers from the Greater Montreal area who are eager to benefit from the expertise of a world-renowned choral clinician.

The MCI wishes to assemble a broad range of singers and musicians who will work on several pieces Crouch has chosen. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from his experience and insights into choral music.

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Gabriel Crouch

Gabriel Crouch was born on 19 September 1973. Musically inclined since the age of eight, he joined the choir of Westminster Abbey. He became the Head Chorister of that choir and even had a solo at the wedding of HRH Prince Andrew and Miss Sarah Ferguson.

From 1996 to 2004, he held the second baritone position in the King’s Singers, in a period that included their Grammy nomination for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2001. Formerly the director of the DePauw University Choral Ensembles, he currently is a senior lecturer at Princeton University and directs the Princeton Glee Club and Chamber Choir and the early music ensemble Gallicantus. He has recorded and produced numerous records for many major labels, most notably BMI and Hyperion. In January 2008, the Gabrieli Choir’s CD The Road to Paradise, which Crouch produced, was nominated for ‘Best Choral Recording’ in the BBC Music Awards.

Repertoire

Bonjour mon coeur – Roland de Lassus
Concord – Benjamin Britten
3rd piece to be confirmed

Choral Conducting Masterclass – Tenth Edition

On March 21, 22, and 23, 2019, the Montreal Choral Institute will once again offer an annual three-day intensive conducting workshop. Six selected conductors will work individually with a number of Montreal-based choral ensembles and will hone their techniques with attentive tutelage from Andrew Megill.

Andrew Megill

A few years ago, Montreal was delighted to welcome Andrew Megill as the new OSM Chorus director. An international figure on the choral scene, Megill is much loved by choristers, soloists, instrumentalists, composers, and public alike. Stay apprised of his past and upcoming activities by visiting one of the websites below:

https://music.illinois.edu/faculty/andrew-megill
https://www.osm.ca/en/the-osm-chorus/

To apply


Conductors who wish to be considered must submit a curriculum vitæ, motivation letter, and provide two hyperlinks of contrasting conducting videos (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo) by 11:00 p.m. on January 26, 2019. Conductors should expect an answer 10 days after each document has been submitted. Those from Canada will automatically be eligible for the Iwan Edwards Award, 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.

Send the material to masterclass@montrealchoralinstitute.ca

Cost (only for selected candidates)
$500 for regular admission; $400 for students

Masterclass Schedule


Coaching with choirs
Thursday, March 21, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 23, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 23, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Individual and group coaching
All day Friday; times and location TBD.

Location


Coaching with choirs

St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church
137, avenue du Président-Kennedy
Montréal (Québec) H2X 3P6

Participating Choirs


Thursday, March 21, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Les Voix parallèles (SATB)
Léa Moisan-Perrier, artistic director

Friday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Choeur du Plateau (SATB)
Roseline Blain, artistic director

Saturday, March 23, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Seraphim (SATB)
John Guzik, artistic director

Saturday, March 23, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Ensemble Kô (SATB)
Matthew C. Lane, artistic director

Workshop with Simon Carrington

The Montreal Choral Institute (MCI) is proud to announce that Simon Carrington, Yale University professor emeritus and a founder member of The King’s Singers, will hold a choral workshop for singers from the Greater Montreal area who are curious to learn from the expertise of this world-renowned choral clinician.

The MCI opens this workshop to anyone wishing to work on three choral pieces Carrington selected. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from Simon on his experience and insights into choral music.


Eventbrite - Atélier choral avec Simon Carrington | Choral workshop with Simon Carrington

Saturday, December 1, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Important: change of venue

Conseil des arts de Montréal
1210 Rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal
Salle de musique

McGill University
Schulich School of Music
Opera Studio
555, rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Admission: $20 per person; $150 for a group of 10

On the program:

  • O vos omnes
    Jacquet of Mantua (1483–1559)
  • “Les fleurs et les arbres” from Deux chœurs, op. 68
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)
  • “When Mary Through the Garden Went” from Eight Partsongs, op. 127
    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1954)

We will email the scores to registered participants. The scores are included in the registration fees.

Simon Carrington, Yale University professor emeritus, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in music, performing as singer, double bass player and conductor first in the UK, and latterly in the USA and around the world. From 2003 to 2009 he was professor of choral conducting at Yale University and director of the Yale Schola Cantorum, a 24-voice chamber choir which he brought to international prominence.

Conducting master class with Simon Carrington

The Montreal Choral Institute is proud to announce that Simon Carrington, Yale University professor emeritus, will hold a conducting masterclass for choir conductors willing to learn from his first-class experience.

Each selected conductor will have the opportunity  to conduct Voces Boreales, one of Montreal’s professional choral ensembles, under Simon Carrington’s baton, providing conductors with techniques for their conducting approaches.

Interested candidates should send their CV, letter of interest, and video link to: masterclass@montrealchoralinstitute.ca

Deadline: October 27
Podium time: 25 minutes

Cost: $100 for selected candidates

Repertoire

  • C.H.H. Parry: “At the round earth’s imagined corners” from Songs of Farewell (measures 1–71)
  • Dan Forrest: “Selah” from Words from Paradise
  • Jeff Enns: Life

Church of St. John the Evangelist
137, av. du Président-Kennedy
November 26, 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Simon Carrington, Yale University professor emeritus, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in music, performing as singer, double bass player and conductor first in the UK, and latterly in the USA and around the world. From 2003 to 2009 he was professor of choral conducting at Yale University and director of the Yale Schola Cantorum, a 24-voice chamber choir which he brought to international prominence.

Choral Conducting Masterclass – Ninth Edition

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

Schedule

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

Location

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

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

LES VOIX PARALLÈLES DE L’ÉCOLE DE MUSIQUE VINCENT-D’INDY
Artistic Director: Léa Moisan-Perrier
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Repertoire
Works by Sergei Rachmaninov

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

VOCES BOREALES
Artistic Director: Andrew Gray
Site Web

Repertoire
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.

A choral encounter with Ēriks Ešenvalds

Ēriks Ešenvalds

The Montreal Choral Institute (MCI) invites fans of Baltic and Scandinavian repertoire to a choral workshop hosted by internationally renowned Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds.

Despite the composer’s short stay in Montreal, this choral encounter will interest the public, music lovers, choristers, soloists, conductors, composers and instrumentalists alike. All are welcome to attend this two-hour event scheduled for Tuesday, February 27, 2018, between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Orpheus Choir Toronto is promoting Ešenvalds’s Central Canada tour. The Montreal event is organized in collaboration with the MCI and McGill University.

Come and listen to “Lielupe” (Great River) and “Staveju, Dziedaju” (I stand and sing), two of many works by Ešenvalds, learn more about the composer’s career, and ask him any questions you may have.


Workshop: Tuesday, February 27th, at 7:30 p.m.
Room A832,
Elizabeth Wirth Music Building (University McGill),
527 Sherbrooke St W,
Montréal, QC H3A 1E3

 

Tickets: $25
NB: the subscription fee includes a licensed PDF copy of both choral works (distribution via email upon receipt of registration fee).


Eventbrite - L'Institut Choral de Montréal accueille Ēriks Ešenvalds | A Choral Encounter with Ēriks Ešenvalds

Choral Conducting Masterclass — Eighth Edition

In March 2017, 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. Those from Canada will automatically be eligible for the Iwan Edwards Award, 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.

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

Schedule

Sessions with choir
1. Thursday, March 16, 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Ensemble Phoebus
2. Friday, March 17, 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Adleisia
3. Saturday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Seraphim
4. Saturday, March 18, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Voces Boreales

Private and group sessions
Friday, March 17, during the day

Location

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

Léa Moisan-Perrier
Eliza Rush
Virginie Pacheco
Penni Clarke
William Duffy
Ariane Duclos

Participating choirs

ADLEISIA
Artistic Directors: Amelia McMahon and Virginie Pacheco
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Repertoire
Works by Rossetti, Betinis, Holst

ENSEMBLE PHOEBUS
Artistic Director: Roseline Blain
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Repertoire
Works by Poulenc, Schubert, Vaughan Williams

SERAPHIM
Interim Artistic Director: Iwan Edwards
Site Web

Repertoire
Works by Lassus, Poulenc, Schütz

VOCES BOREALES
Artistic Director: Andrew Gray
Site Web

Repertoire
Works by Mägi, Mäntyjärvi, Lindberg


 

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.

Tutti Quanti VI Choral Workshop

On February 18 and 19, 2017, the Montreal Choral Institute will welcome Montreal conductor Jean-Sébastien Vallée, who will lead two afternoon training sessions with some Montreal-area vocal ensembles and other selected choristers. The workshop will end with a gala concert where the participating choirs will have the opportunity to showcase their own repertoire and will then form a massed choir to sing the pieces focussed on during the training sessions.

Jean-Sébastien Vallée

Active conductor, scholar, clinician, and adjudicator, Maestro Jean-Sébastien Vallée is a rapidly rising conductor on today’s concert music stage. He is Director of Choral Studies and Chair of the Conducting Area at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. Prior to his appointment at McGill, he served as Director of Choral Studies at California State University in Los Angeles and was on the choral faculty of the University of Redlands. Please see Maestro Vallée’s personal website to know all about his musical activities past and present.


Participating Choirs

The MCI massed choir
Chœur du Plateau (dir. Roseline Blain)
Cantivo (dir. Patricia Abbott)

Location

Church of Saint-Pierre-Apôtre
1323 René-Lévesque Blvd. East
Montreal, Quebec
H2L 2L9
(across the street from the Radio-Canada building; Beaudry metro station)

Note: The two training sessions will be held in the basement of the church. Please enter through the door situated at the above address and not through the church’s main doors.

Schedule

Saturday, February 18
1:00 p.m.: choristers arrive
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.: 1st training session (break at 3:00 p.m.)

Sunday, February 19
1:00 p.m.: choristers arrive
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.: 2nd training session (break at 3:00 p.m.)
5:00 to 5:20 p.m.: dress rehearsal for the massed choir (in the church proper)
5:30 to 6:45 p.m.: sound check for the various choirs
7:30 p.m.: gala concert (Free-will donation – suggested 10$+)

Repertoire

Ola Gjeilo, Ubi Caritas
Frode Fjellheim, Eatnemen Vuelie (with percussion)
Roger Calmel, Le temps a laissé son manteau

Workshop Enrollment Fee

Adults: $25 per chorister
Students: $20 per chorister

To pay by check :
Institut Choral de Montréal
3124 Archambault
Longueuil Qc
J4M 2W3

Information

info@montrealchoralinstitute.ca