a_capellaENGLocation: Vanier College Campus, Main Entrance, 821 Ste. Croix Ave., Room: A-250, St-Laurent (Metro du Collège)
Day: Sunday afternoons, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $7.00 for CAMMAC members, $5.00 for students 24 years or younger, $10.00 for others.
Parking: Pay parking on the campus, or you can park your car on the streets nearby.
For information/reservation: Anne-Marie Denoncourt, ampmdenon@hotmail.com or frs.marcotte@videotron.c




Sunday, January 12 , 2020
Guest conductor:  Roseline Blain
Work: Requiem – Gabriel Fauré
Choir  SATB + orchestra
Instruments: violin , viola, cello, double-bass , bassoon, horn, trumpet , harp and  timpani.

Montreal-based choir director and pianist Roseline Blain is recognized for the expressive quality, fire and emotion she conveys in her performances. She has been passionately working in choral circles for over twenty years.

She is presently the founder and artistic director of several choirs in Montréal. The Choeur du Plateau was twice awarded 2nd place in its category at the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, as well as earning the distinction of Best Eastern Region Choir in 2017. It has been actively involved in many major events in the Montréal area. In 2019, the group was named “choeur fleuron ambassadeur” the highest distinction granted by the Alliance des chorales du Québec.

Roseline Blain also directs two equal-voice ensembles, Gaïa and Phoebus. The latter was awarded first place in its category at the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs in both 2015 and 2019 and the former, Gaïa, was awarded second place in its category this year. In this same competition, Les Petites Voix du Plateau, also directed by Ms. Blain, was recognized as the “most promising new youth ensemble”.

In June 2015, on very short notice, Roseline Blain replaced the Artistic Director of the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal for a twelve-concert tour of Denmark and Germany.

Ms. Blain has also served as the General Director of the Choeur de chamber du Québec, in which she sang  for five years and studied with directors Robert Ingari, Jon Wahsburn and Andrew Mcgill.

In addition to having lectured at Université de Sherbrooke, Ms. Blain penned program notes for the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra for many years.


Sunday, February 16, 2020
Guest conductor  : Betsy MacMillan
Renaissance Workshop
All voices and instruments are welcome!

Madrigals both serious and fun, drinking songs, canons, etc. (all lots of fun!)

After receiving a Master’s degree in performance on viola da gamba from McGill University in 1982, Betsy MacMillan furthered her viol studies with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Holland.

She is a founding member of Ensemble Arion, with whom she performed Europe, Mexico, Ireland, England, Brazil, the United States, and throughout Canada. She is heard regularly on the CBC and Radio Canada networks, and has made over 30 recordings. She has also performed with numerous groups, including La Nef, Cleveland’s Apollo’s Fire, Les Boréades, Toronto Consort, amongst several others.


Sunday, March 22 , 2020  ( this reading will be followed by the CAMMAC-Montreal Annual General Meeting: everyone is welcome )
Guest conductor: Julien Proulx
Work: Mass in D – Dvorak
Choir SATB + orchestra
Instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, oboe, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, timpani.

Julien Proulx has been the Artistic Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville since 2014 and has succeeded in invigorating the community’s musical life through his bold, sophisticated programme choices and his direct and caring approach. He is known for his energetic conducting, his generosity and his imagination. He has also built a reputation as a choir director, and is often called upon to conduct choral symphonic repertoire thanks to his impressive understanding of the choir world. 

 Julien Proulx has been a conductor-in-residence of the chamber orchestra I Musici de Montréal under Yuli

Turovsky and has been invited to conduct orchestras all over Quebec as a guest conductor, including the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Violons du Roy, the Orchestre du Festival international de Lanaudière and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM). He trained as a cellist and singer and specialized in composition techniques and orchestral conducting at the Université de Montréal and through various international internships. He currently lives in Montréal.


Sunday,  April 26, 2020
Guest conductor: Bruno Lamarche
Jazz Improvisation workshop
All instruments and voices are welcome !

Bruno Lamarche is a creative saxophonist, clarinetist and flautist who has pursued a very enriching musical career for more than twenty years.We have been able to hear him on records with his group’s debut album Buddhakick, with Félix Stüssi 5 and Ray Anderson (nominated at the Junos, Grand Prix de Jazz General motors in 2007), with Joel Miller’s Mandala (Opus for the best jazz / world music concert), and with Bernard Primeau (Liaisons), among others. He had the honour to play with great musicians like Ben Monder, Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Binney, Benoît Charest, Christine Duncan and Don Thompson, and in ensembles such as the OSM, le Terrible orchestre de Belleville, Sussex, Altsys, the Dixieband, The National Jazz Orchestra of Montreal, Jazzlab and the Afro-Columbian Jazz Orchestra, in over 10 countries.  A recognized arranger, Mr. Lamarche has received CALQ grants and earned a Bachelor of Jazz Performance at McGill University (with highest distinction), where he received the Marion Magor Memorial Scholarship and the James McGill Award. He also taught saxophone as a specialist in more than a dozen schools, and led different jazz orchestras, including l’Ensemble Jazz de Montréal and at CAMMAC.



Sunday, September 22, 2019

Conductor: Patricia Abbott
Work: W.A. Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers for a Confessor / sung in latin)
Instruments: Violins, cellos, contrabasses, bassoons, trumpets (in C), trombones and timpani,

Artistic director of CAMMAC from 2009 to 2016 and a teacher at the Lake MacDonald Music Centre since 1991, Patricia Abbott conducts the Chorale du Gesù,  the English Montreal School Board Chorale, Ensemble vocal Cantivo et Les Voix du Carrefour. She is also a course lecturer at McGill and at the Université de Sherbrooke. Over the years, she has also been the Executive Director of Choral Canada (formerly the Association of Canadian Choral Communities) and artist in residence at FACE School. Pat has had the pleasure of conducting and leading workshops across Canada, in the United States, in Europe and even in Argentina. She has just returned from the International Choralies in Vaison-la-Romaine (France), where she conducted a workshop of Canadian works for women’s voices. She is always happy to work with the enthusiastic participants of CAMMAC activities! 

Sunday, October 20,  2019

Conductor: Donald Patriquin
Work: Donald Patriquin : World Music Suite Two (Canadian Mosaic)
Pianist: Anne-Marie Denoncourt

Donald Patriquin, a prominent Canadian composer and a friend of CAMMAC, will conduct his “World Music Suite Two” (formerly “Canadian Mosaic”), as well as a new work, “Island Spinning Song.”

It will be a special afternoon and an honour to have such an exceptional composer/conductor, so please do come and enjoy a unique CAMMAC reading.

The arrangement was commissioned by Erica Phare and Patricia Abbott on behalf of the Montreal English School Board Chorale. It was premiered at the Lake MacDonald Music Centre in 2003, as the grand finale of CAMMAC’s 50th season, directed by Patricia Abbott, with Anne-Marie Denoncourt at the piano.

World Music Suite Two – published by A Tempo and distributed by The Leading Note, Ottawa  – is “A suite representing the many cultures comprising the  Canadian mosaic.” Like most of Donald’s song arrangements, most movements are available in SATB, SSA and TTBB.   

Movements include:
• Tsimshian welcome chant (First nations, British Columbia)
• Sakura (Japan)
• Hevenu shalom a’leychem (Israel)
• Inuit weather chant (Northern Canada)
• Flower drum song (China)
• On the mountain (Ukraine)
• Water come to me eye (Jamaica)
• I’ll go see my love (Ontario – England)
• C’est l’aviron (Québec – France) (Published by Cypress Choral Music)

Donald Patriquin is a Quebec educator, composer, organist, and choral conductor known internationally for choral and instrumental arrangements of folk music. 


November:  No CAMMAC Reading


Sunday, December 1,  2019

Conductor: Philippe  Bourque
Work:  J.S. Bach  : Weihnachts – Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio / sung in German)
Instruments: Violins, viola, cellos, flutes, oboes, oboes d’amore, bassoons, trumpets, horns and timpani,

Philippe Bourque, choir master and conductor, pianist, teacher and music director.

A versatile and passionate musician of choral music, he was appointed Artistic Director of St. Lawrence Choir in March 2014. He is already hard at work on new concert projects and the planning of unique choral collaborations.

An unwavering pedagogue, Philippe is convinced of the necessity to invest in future generations. He has been teaching at Vanier College since 2010 where he is active as choir master and aural training instructor. He has also worked with the choir of the Vincent-d’Indy music school and the F.A.C.E. Young Singers. He also gives private lessons in conducting and is regularly invited as a jury member or clinician to countless festivals both here and abroad.

He was artistic director of the Choeur du Musée d’art de Joliette (2008-2014), the Petits Chanteurs de la Cathédrale (2005-2007), the Choeur en Jazz vocalists (2006-2009) and McGill’s Simply Sweetly (now Les Muses Chorale, 2007-2011).

Philippe Bourque studied choral and orchestral conducting under Julian Wachner, Robert Ingari, Alexis Hauser and Ivars Taurins and graduated from McGill with distinction. He is the recipient of a Lieutenant-Governor’s Award while studying at the Vincent-d’Indy music school and received McGill’s Constance-Willney Music Scholarship and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship (SSHRC).