One Conservatory, nine faces, the same passion
Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau
Gatineau is the third-largest city in Québec. It plays a major role in the Outaouais region, where Canada’s capital, along with many cultural establishments, public libraries, concert halls, art galleries, museums, and of course, major orchestras, is located. The Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau is the only establishment in the Outaouais region authorized to provide collegial-level training in music. It is also the only one to teach music at universitary level (Bachelor Degree and Master Degree). Since 1987, the Conservatoire has been located in an old manor that dates back to 1865. Available to its students are 24 studios, a recording facility, a documentation centre, and a concert hall — Salle Fernand-Graton — that can hold close to one 100 people. Some 95 students receive very personalized teaching from 24 teachers, including clarinettist and conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Gatineau, Yves Léveillé.
Conservatoire de musique de Montréal
The Conservatoire de musique de Montréal is located in the centre of a metropolis renowned for its ambience. The city enjoys a dynamic musical life, with many orchestras, an opera company, and several festivals. A few minutes away from the foot of Mount Royal, the Conservatoire is also bordered by Saint-Denis Street, one of the Montreal’s lively arteries, and is near several theatres, cinemas, concert halls, museums, and art galleries. The Conservatoire offers two streams — performance and composition — and has 65 studios and classrooms. The faculty is made up of 64 teachers who are, for the most part, very active on the Québec and international music scenes, and the school is host to some 230 students from the first to fifth cycles. Also within the establishment are studios reserved for organ, harp, harpsichord, electro-acoustic music, and percussion specialists, as well as a library. The Conservatoire also has its own performance venues : a multimedia room, a recital hall, and a 225-seat concert hall.
Conservatoire de musique de Québec
Perched on steep slopes, the city founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608 is a jewel of world heritage. The Conservatoire de musique de Québec is located in the heart of this joyous city, a few minutes walk from the Québec legislative assembly, and the fortifications, and near Battlefields Park, an oasis in the middle of which the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is located. The Conservatoire’s activities are held in the Grand Théâtre, which also houses the Orchestre symphonique, l’Opéra de Québec and Théâtre du Trident, and hosts the Club musical de l’opéra de Québec’s activities, as well as performances by touring artists from the worlds of classical, opera and pop music, theatre, and dance. Students are therefore immersed in a world of culture and history, following in the footsteps of all of the musicians who were trained by the Conservatoire for more than 65 years, and who have made a name for themselves throughout Québec and around the world.
Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski
In Rimouski, the Conservatoire neighbours the majectic St. Lawrence River, in the city’s historic centre. Surrounding it are the college, the regional museum, the cathedral, and the Maritime institute. The most recent addition to in the network, the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski has been contributing to the region’s vitality since 1973 by training dynamic musicians and forging ties with the Cegep, the university, and the school boards. Its 70 students benefit from an exceptional 120-seat concert hall, 14 classrooms, 21 rehearsal studios, a library equipped with 5 listening stations, a meeting room, and a multipurpose room that also serves as a lobby during concerts. Also available to the students are some 30 pianos, 2 organs 3 harpsichords, percussion instruments, and an array of other instruments that can burrowed as needed. Since 2006, the Conservatoire de Rimouski and the Université Paris 8–Vincennes–Saint-Denis have been collaborating on doctoral research on the distance teaching of music. Since the fall of 2007, the Université du Québec à Rimouski has also offered a Bachelor of Education in Music, in collaboration with the Conservatoire.
Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay
The sixth-largest city in Québec, Saguenay sits at the gateway to a majestic fjord, the capital of a region that includes a university, colleges, and hospitals, as well as a solid economic infrastructure : deep water ports, an air terminal, a military base, industrial parks, aluminium foundries, and paper mills. The city also boasts theatrical troupes and a symphony orchestra, many museums, and libraries. Saguenay is distinguished by its dynamic population and its rich cultural life, in which the Conservatoire actively participates. Saguenay boasts theatrical troupes, a symphony orchestra and many museums, and libraries, in addition to the music school. Saguenay is known for its dynamic residents and rich cultural life, in which the Conservatorie actively participates. Located in a building that dominates a magnificent landscape, the Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay offers its 85 students a concert hall with a capacity of close to 125 people, 28 rehearsal studios, a library, and an instrument-lending service. Each year, the students elect a student council that ensures the well being of all students, and organizes all student activities. It was at the initiative of the Conservatoire that the Orchestre des jeunes of Saguenay was founded in 1988.
Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières
Founded in 1634, at the confluence of the Saint-Maurice and St. Lawrence rivers, Trois-Rivières is the second-oldest French city in North America. A city of history and culture, located halfway between Montréal and Québec, it boasts several concert halls and museums, a symphony orchestra, the Jeunesses Musicales of Canada centre, an organ society, and many choirs, not to mention festivals throughout the year, including the well-known International Poetry Festival. The Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières adds to all this the resources of its library, a listening room furnished with audio-visual equipment, a 90-seat concert hall, a recording facility, some thirty studios with pianos, a rehearsal room for a large ensembles, and a computer lab.
Conservatoire de musique de Val-d’Or
A city founded by gold prospectors, Val-d’Or now has a population of 35,000, proud of their northern region and its truly splendid landscape. Nestled in a region of forests and lakes, Val-d’Or is also known for its welcoming nature and its institutions. The Conservatoire de musique de Val-d’Or has been contributing to the development and outreach of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions since 1964 by offering high-level training, creating partnerships with groups that produce large-scale performances, and supporting organizations that are essential to musical life in the region. The establishment includes a concert hall, a library, a listening room, rehearsal studios, and computer terminal.
Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal
The Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal has been housed in various downtown locations since 1954 and, since 2001, has made its home in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood, on Henri-Julien Avenue, in a building it shares with the Conservatoire de musique, among others. Available to its students and staff are five studios and classrooms, a costume workshop, a set workshop, a language and diction lab, a dubbing studio, a radio studio, a television and film studio, and a consultation and lending library with some 20,000 documents in various collections. In addition, the Conservatoire boasts its own 226-seat theatre. In accordance with the current system, the students — around 10 each year — follow a full-time, three-year performance-oriented program equivalent to the bachelor’s level. In addition, each summer, students completing their second year take an intensive internship in street theatre in France, through a partnership with the Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse.
Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec
The Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec began its activities in 1958, at a time when the city did not have much of a theatre milieu. In order to keep its graduates in the region, the Conservatoire decided to put an emphasis on creation, and opened a design section, which helped establish a lively theatrical scene in the capital city. Today, the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec welcomes around 18 new students each year : 12 in the performance program, and 6 in design. During the school year, there art generally 45 students enrolled at the school. Activities take place in four buildings located relatively close to each other in the Old City. On Mont-Carmel Street, 6 classroom-studios and a computer room. On Saint-Stanislas Street : a 150-seat theatre, with professional technical equipement, is available all year long, in addition to work rooms, meeting rooms, and rehearsal rooms. On Sainte-Anne Street : a library specializing in francophone theatre, a consulting room, and classrooms. And finally, on Richelieu Street : a costume shop containing 2,600 costumes, along with a furniture warehouse, painting and dyeing rooms, and a prop workshop.