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, 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).