Martin Dagenais has had a passion for choral singing for many years. Trained as an organist, he continued his vocal studies at the Université de Montréal with Gail Desmarais and France Dion.

He received his Master’s Degree in Performance in June 1998. He has also participated in numerous choral conducting workshops with renowned choral conductors such as Jean-François Sénart, Patrick Wedd, and Nicole Paiement.

In 2004, he received a Canada Council grant to continue his studies with Hervé Niquet and the Flemish Radio Choir in Belgium.

Martin’s recordings include a Christmas album with La Petite Bande de Montréal. This CD was released on the Naxos label in 1998 and was highly praised by the press. In 2000, he also recorded W.A. Mozart’s Requiem and Théodore Dubois’ Les Sept Paroles du Christ for the XXI-21 label.

An experienced choral conductor, Martin Dagenais conducts with daring, rigor and an eye for perfection. Over the years, he has founded and directed several vocal ensembles, including:

  • Le Choeur de La Prairie (founded in 2014)
  • Le Grand Chœur de Montréal (founded in 1997)
  • Le chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal
  • Le chœur Mélodium (founded in 1983)
  • L’ensemble VOCE UMANA (founded in 2003)
  • L’ensemble Vocal Pop de Montréal
  • La Petite Bande de Montréal (founded in 1997)
  • Le chœur de l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval
  • Le chœur de la Montagne de l’Université de Montréal
  • Les Disciples de Massenet
  • L’Ensemble Vocal de Sherbrooke
  • Les Jamésiens

Martin Dagenais is the recipient of the Prix Jean-Pierre Guidon 2021 of the Alliance chorale du Québec. The Prix Jean-Pierre-Guindon is Awarded by the Alliance chorale du Québec to a choral conductor who has been active in choral conducting for more than twenty-five years and who has contributed to the development of choral singing in his or her field.

In April 2022, he successfully completed a master’s degree in choral conducting at the Université de Sherbrooke under the direction of Robert Ingari. His master’s thesis included the analysis and production of Pierre Mercure’s Cantate pour un joie, and his graduation recital included works by great composers such as Bach, Mozart, Janequin, Brahms, Guesualdo, Raminsch, and a contemporary work by Rémi St-Jacques.