Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Announcing Le Choeur des jeunes 2011

A project of the Liette Turner Foundation in collaboration with the Alliance des chorales du Québec

This program provides a unique opportunity for young singers between the ages of 18 and 25 from across Québec to be members in the Chœur des jeunes du Québec and the National Youth Choir of Canada. Over three weekends, from March to May 2011, they will have the opportunity to:
  • Work with an exceptional choral conductor
  • Take voice lessons and master classes with respected voice teachers
  • Rehearse and sing the finest choral repertoire in a gala concert
  • Receive a certificate of accreditation as a participant in the Chœur des jeunes 2011
Twenty talented young singers will be selected by audition to take part in this exciting program. The choir members of Chœur des jeunes (CDJ) 2011 will spend ten memorable days together under the leadership of acclaimed conductor Pierre Barrette.
They will rehearse on the campus of the Collège Jean de la Mennais in La Prairie, on the Montreal South Shore, where the experience will culminate in the annual Benefit Gala Concert. The singers will be challenged with exciting repertoire and a rigorous enriched curriculum. Each day combines rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, and private vocal lessons with social events and activities to create an exceptional musical experience.
The CDJ 2011 program takes place on three weekends from:

  • Friday, March 25 to Sunday, March 27
  • Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17
  • Thursday, May 14 to Saturday, May 16.
The Benefit Concert for the Liette Turner Foundation will be on May 14, 2011 in the Église de la Nativité in La Prairie, known for its traditional beauty and fine acoustics.

To be eligible for the program a singer must be:
  • born between May 14, 1987 and March 25, 1995 inclusive, and
  • belong to a choir that is a member of the Alliance des chorales du Québec

Each singer's responsibilities include learning the music received before arriving in La Prairie. The fee of $220.00 includes meals, lessons, master classes, rehearsals and concert. Choristers are responsible for their travel costs to and from CDJ 2011. Subsidies will be available to cover travel (and accommodation, if needed) for singers who come from far outside the Montreal region.

Auditions will be held at the beginning of March. To apply for an audition, a singer’s application should arrive at or at the office of the Liette Turner Foundation, 5410 rue Vauclin, Brossard, Québec J4W 1P8,  by March 4, 2011:
  1. A completed application form
  2. An outline of singer’s musical background
  3. A letter of recommendation
  4. The audition fee of $40
  5. Two contrasting solos on CD or in mp3 format.
Acceptance letters will be mailed on March 11, 2011

Le Chœur des jeunes 2011 will be an unforgettable experience; fun and friendship for the singers, and extraordinary training with skilled professionals who will prepare them to be the choristers, conductors, accompanists, composers, educators and soloists of the future.

Founded in 1974, the Alliance des chorales du Québec mission is to unite choirs of all styles and levels, to assist them with the means to sing better, share the joy of singing and develop choral music across Québec.

Founded in 2008, The Liette Turner Fondation’s mission is to provide financial support to amateur choirs to equip them with the resources needed to stage quality concerts and advance to a higher level of growth and development. The Foundation presents a benefit concert each year. It is a member of the Alliance des chorales du Québec.

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