Masterclass - 5th Edition, February 28 to March 3, 2013   

Already for the fifth time the Montreal Choral Institute is providing a four-day intensive workshop for choral conductors. Six selected conductors will work with voces boreales and Les Muses (women's choir) under the tutelage of Michael Zaugg. Group workshops will cover aspects of listening-hearing and intonation.

Repertoire with Voces Boreales

Frank Martin - Mass for double choir (main work)

Repertoire with Les Muses (women's choir)

Francis Poulenc - Petite Voix 

Edvard Grieg - 7 songs for children / Kinderlieder (in german)

Application Deadline December 15, 2012

Interested conductors should send a letter stating their interest, a Curriculum Vitae and, if possible, a recent video recording. 

Material can be submitted electronically (PDF, mp3, mpeg).

Applicants selected for active participation will be informed by January 6, 2013. Active candidates are automatically eligible for the Iwan Edwards Award, which covers the cost of tuition and a per diem. The recipient will be informed at a later date, prior to the Masterclass, and will have the opportunity to meet with Iwan Edwards and observe his work in Montreal.


Active Participants: includes a minimum of 20 minutes podium time in each session, individual evaluation, and group work on selected themes, plus a welcome reception

400 CAD / 300 CAD for full-time students

Observer: access to all choir sessions, on a per-session basis

Participants are responsible for any travel, accommodation or incidental expenses they may incur. A complimentary reception will be provided on March 3. The organization can provide assistance in finding accommodation and reasonably priced meals.

Les Muses Chorale

Celebrating our 10th season this year,  Les Muses Chorale is a women’s choral ensemble based in downtown Montreal. Composed of 35 voices, we boast a repertoire composed primarily of music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, music that speaks directly to our audiences. Our performances this year will feature music by Canadian composers Sarah Quartel, Nancy Telfer, and Jeff Smallman, as well as repertoire by Francis Poulenc, Edvard Grieg, Henk Badings, and will see us collaborate with piano, cello, and percussion, as well as other choirs.


Les Muses began in 2001, as "Simply Sweetly" -  a group of talented young women who created a McGill club to express their passion for fun yet challenging choral music. This passion has remained, and in the ensuing 10 years, Les Muses has grown into a vibrant ensemble dedicated to choral excellence. We have performed in numerous venues in and around Montreal, such as; the Palais des Congres, Oscar Peterson Hall, Redpath Hall, Tudor Hall, and, Christ Church Cathedral. Our accomplishments include; hosting the Montreal Women’s Choral Festival in 2006 and 2012, acting as McGill’s annual representative in the Inter-Varsity Choral Festival with other choirs from across Canada; as well as recording music for the National Film Board’s short film Madam Tutli Putli, which won awards at film festivals in Cannes and Toronto.

Les Muses is directed by Amy Henderson, a graduate of McGill and Memorial Universities who believes that choral music is a rich, flexible, and expressive medium rife with possibilities. She is devoted to encouraging choral excellence and innovation with her ensembles, and to contributing to "choirkind" by creating opportunities for singers of all ages to be bitten by the choral music bug, and to work to excel together.

Michael Zaugg was the Artistic Director of Les Muses Chorale from 2006 to 2007.

copyright by Montreal Choral Institute, 2012