The objects of the Conservatoire are to administer and operate, in various regions of Québec, institutions providing instruction in music and institutions providing instruction in dramatic arts for the professional training and continuing education of performing artists and creative artists. In the pursuit of its objects, the Conservatoire takes into account the specific characteristics of each of those institutions.
Founded in 1942 by conductor Wilfrid Pelletier, the Conservatoire has since been providing music and dramatic arts training to Québec artists who now shine in Québec, Canada, and around the world. From the very beginning, its high calibre professors, its rigorous and creative approach to teaching, and its role as a cultural driving force have helped build its reputation and extend its reach.
Whether in music or dramatic arts programs, the Conservatoire offers advanced training which stands out for its high level of personalization and its high standards aiming for excellence. The Conservatoire is the only state-subsidized institution in North America to offer music training programs from elementary to university. In dramatic arts, the Conservatoire trains actors, creators, scenographers, and directors.
There are five values that guide the Conservatoire’s actions, reflecting its philosophy of work and professional and human relations.
The Foundation of the Conservatoire’s mission is to promote academic excellence and to support the professional integration of graduates of the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec. Since 1983, the Foundation has provided financial support to music and dramatic arts students and has contributed to the development and quality of music and dramatic arts education in Québec through various projects.