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The Choirmaster and Solo Singers
January 17, 2018
Jean-Sébastien Allaire

Choirmaster: Jean-Sébastien Allaire

Choral conductor and music pedagogue, Jean-Sébastien Allaire was a chorister with Les Petits Chanteurs de Trois-Rivières and studied violin for nearly ten years before turning his attention to vocal training. Graduate from l’Université de Montréal in voice performance, he has performed with renowned ensembles such as the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal (SMAM), the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy. He has toured in Canada, the United States, France and Mexico.

After earning a Master’s Degree in Conducting from McGill University (2000), scholarships from the Fondation Marie-Claude Desloges and the Austrian Society allowed him to continue his education in Graz Austria. Upon his return, he joined Concordia University’s Music Department (2001) and was Choral Conductor and Professor of Conducting at Carleton University (2005-2011). He has also held positions as Assistant Artistic Director for SMAM (2001-2006), Music Director at Erskine & American United Church (2001-2004),Choral Director at St. James United Church (2004-2016) and since January 2017, Music Director at St. George's Anglican Church.

M. Allaire has worked as a studio conductor with the Cirque du Soleil on soundtracks for two productions, KÀ and ZÈD, and was Choirmaster in the Stage Entertainment World Wide Tour Ice Age - Live: A Mammoth Adventure! He has directed many recording studios in Montreal and in Slovakia where he directed the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra on several occasions.

His first conducting appearance with Les Grands Ballets was in the production Falling Angels in 2017.

Choir Members
Solos
Solo soprano: Andréanne Brisson-Paquin
Solo alto: Josée Lalonde
Solo tenor: Nils Brown
Solo bass: Normand Richard

Sopranos
Cynthia Gates
Marie Magistry
Stephanie Manias
Dorothéa Ventura
Angèle Trudeau
Catherine St-Arnaud
Rebecca Dowd
Carole Therrien

Altos
Marie-Annick Béliveau
Stéphanie Pothier
Nicholas Burns
Charlotte Cumberbirch
Katrin Welte
Ghislaine Deschambault
Marie-Josée Goyette

Tenors
Marcel de Hêtre
Bernard Cayouette
Arthur Tanguay-Labrosse
Jean-Sébastien Allaire
Jacques-Olivier Chartier
Kerry Bursey
Jean-François Daignault

Bass
Alain Duguay
William Kraushaar
Yves St-Amant
Emanuel Lebel
Clayton Kennedy
Simon Chaussé
Philippe Martel

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