Xavier Brossard-Ménard – Artistic director
Recognized for his spirited approach to music, his intelligent interpretations, and his original, innovative programming, Xavier Brossard-Ménard has directed several renowned ensembles such as the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the McGill Conservatory Singers, the choir of the Drummondville Symphony Orchestra, the youth choir of the music faculty at the University of Montréal, and the choirs of the Vincent-d’Indy music school. He was also artist in residence at F.A.C.E. He is frequently invited to direct ensembles all over Canada.
He holds the position of artistic recruiter for voice and instrumentalists for Cirque du Soleil, and conducts international auditions to select artists to sing at circus productions.
A well-known clarinetist and chamber music performer, he is artistic director of Ensemble QAT, recipient of the LOJIQ-RIDEAU prize and the touring prize of the Montreal Arts Council for their show 1938.
In the field of theatre, he was consulted for Quills, the play produced by Robert Lepage’s theatre company Ex Machina, as well as for Les Dévoilements Simples by Félix-Antoine Boutin. For the cinema he recorded the music for Pour l’Amour de Dieu by Micheline Lanctôt and acted in the film Chorus by François Delisle.
David Christiani – Conductor Emeritor
Artistic Director and Choirmaster of the Saint-Lambert Choral Society for 35 years, from 1979 to 2015
David Christiani is a recipient of the Lambertois award given to citizens for outstanding service to the City of Saint-Lambert. David received it in 2000 in recognition of his fine work as director of the choir since 1978. His enthusiasm, dedication and high musical standards have been key to the choir’s success over this time.
David has studied with Helmut Rilling and David Willcocks, two of the world’s greatest choral conductors, and is known for his ability to direct mass choral works. Among his other successes, he led the choir to its 75th Anniversary Concert in Montréal’s Notre Dame Basilica. He has shared the podium with Canada’s principal choral conductors, including Elmer Iseler, Bramwell Tovey and Wayne Riddell.
A Master of Music in Choral Conducting (summa cum laude) and winner of the Leslie Bell Prize for Conducting, David sang professionally with the Tudor Singers of Montreal, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Festival Singers of Canada. He was longtime music specialist at The Study School in Westmount and was also, for eight years, Director of the Canadian Centennial Choir in Ottawa.
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