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Chœur des enfants de Montréal

Montreal Children's Choir

Artistic Director
Pianist / Assistant
Director Emeritus


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About the Choir

The mission of Chœur des enfants de Montréal is to provide an outstanding musical education in a friendly, supportive and bilingual social environment to any interested child in Montreal.

Chœur des enfants de Montréal performs a diverse and spirited repertoire encompassing music from the Renaissance to the present day. Their work focuses on classical music, but also includes folk, gospel and contemporary music. The choir celebrates the work of Canadian composers and the rich musical traditions of Québec.


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Léa Moisan-Perrier

Léa Moisan-Perrier, Artistic Director

Léa Moisan-Perrier, approaches choral music with sensitivity, rigour and authenticity. Léa is trained as a pianist, signer and choral director. She received a piano degree from the Montreal Music Conservatory and continued with a Masters in choral conducting from the Université de Sherbrooke à Longueuil. She is currently pursuing a degree in classical singing at the University of Montreal. Léa is also the Artistic Director and founder of Les voix parallèles de l’école Vincent d’Indy.

This promising young artist has received the Moulin Seigneurial scholarship for 2016 as well as the 2017 Iwan Edwards Award offered by the Montreal Choral Institute in collaboration with St. Lawrence Choir.

In 2016, she developed her orchestral conducting skills at the Medomak Conductor`s Retreat in the United States, under the direction of Kenneth Keisler.  She has also attended several masters` classes, most notably with Andrew Megill, Gilles Auger, Jean-Sébastien Vallée and Catherine Simonpietri.

 

 

The Iwan Edwards Award is offered each year during the Montreal Choral Institute's Choral Conducting Masterclass, with the support of St.Lawrence Choir. We are pleased to announce that the 2017 winner is Léa Moisan-Perrier. Congratulations, Léa!

Romain Pollet

Pianist / Assistant: Romain Pollet

Romain Pollet holds diplomas from the Conservatoire de Bordeaux in both piano and bassoon, as well as a Diplôme d’État Français, a Master’s Degree in performance and a D. Mus from Université de Montréal. In the past years, Romain was awarded several scholarships, including the D. Angers and P.M. & V.M. Gélinas for his piano performance degree.

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Iwan Edwards

Director Emeritus, Iwan Edwards, C.M.

Widely known and respected as one of Canada's finest choral conductors, Iwan Edwards is recognized for his accomplishments as an educator, adjudicator, and coach nurturing the next generation of professional singers.  His life-long dedication to the development of Canadian music and singers is a hallmark of his musical programming. The director of the Chœur de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal for 21 years and founder of the 90-voice St. Lawrence Choir, he has been involved in many choirs for young people, including the F.A.C.E. (Fine Arts Core Education) Treble Choir which he directed for 20 years.

Iwan Edwards retired as Artistic Director of Chœur des enfants de Montréal in June 2009. He will continue to participate as guide and advisor to the Choir, the Board and its Director.

Andrew Gray

Andrew Gray, Past Artistic Director

Born in the UK, Andrew joined his father's church choir at the age of six but even before his seventh birthday had left home to start a formal choral education as a resident chorister at Durham Cathedral, England. As a young treble he was a member of a choir that sang eight services a week and he also worked as a soloist on the Lloyd-Webber Requiem and for performances of Messiah as the angel.

Andrew went on to obtain a Bachelor of the Arts Combined Honours Degree in Music and Drama from the University of Birmingham, UK, studying orchestration, performance practice, singing, music & movement therapy, stage lighting and design, acting methods, history of the theatre and modern dance as well as forming an a cappella octet, a Big Band, conducting the chamber orchestra, directing the University Musical Society and singing with a number of University and semi-professional groups.

Andrew then worked extensively with choir & orchestra 'Ex Cathedra' (dir. Jeffrey Skidmore). Whilst with Ex Cathedra he helped establish and develop their country-wide choral education project and worked as a tutor for these and similar projects for the British Federation of Youth Choirs. He taught music in secondary schools, was a private singing teacher, voice & elocution coach and trained in 'positive assertive discipline.'

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