RECRUITING

We are looking for basses, sopranos and altos
for September 2022.

Click here for details.

Season 2021-2022

25

MAR

Festival de la voix

Grand Concert

"Your concert was for me the surprise of the evening ... so very beautiful, so eclectic"

 Donald Patriquin, composer and conductor

 

“… an exquisite performance. Thank you for bringing my music to life with such artistry ..."

 Dr. Benjamin Bolden, composer and professor of music

SOUNDCLOUD

YOUTUBE

PHOTOS

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UPCOMING CONCERTS

A word on our 35th year

From its beginnings as a small a cappella group in 1987, the Sainte-Anne Singers has attracted members who take a particular pleasure in creating beautiful harmonies with the voice alone. Its original repertoire of Renaissance, folk and pop music has expanded to include contemporary choral music, featuring many Canadian composers. But the devotion to a cappella has not changed!

 

Over the years, the Sainte-Anne Singers has enjoyed multiple collaborations with Montreal choirs and choral events. It has performed twice at Podium, Canada’s biennial choral conference, with a third performance in 2020 cancelled due to the pandemic.

 

The ensemble has twice been awarded second place in the chamber choir category of the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, and was designated a “Choeur fleuron” by the Alliance chorale du Québec from 2019 to 2021.

 

But our biggest thrill is to return to live performance after a hiatus of two years – just in time to celebrate our 35th. We hope you will join us!

 

For more on the choir, click here.​​

Aqu'appella - May 15

The Sainte-Anne Singers present music on a watery theme, across a range of musical genres. Well-known folk and popular songs include Stan Rogers’ “Fogarty’s Cove”, the Scottish folksong “The Water is Wide”,  “Je voudrais voir la mer” by Michel Rivard, Stephen Hatfield’s “La lluvia” (Rain), and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel. And for a touch of jazz, “Soon It’s Gonna Rain”.


The rousing folk-style “Rain in the Country” by Canadian composer Aaron Jensen will be accompanied by percussionist Chelsea Jaramillo on the cajon.  “Selene’s Boat”, a mesmerizing composition by Don Macdonald, will feature Chelsea on the “tank drum”, a close relative of the pitched “tongue drum”.

And since water at night reflects the stars, we have included the lovely Voces8 version of “Underneath the Stars”, and Basque composer Josu Elberdin’s “Izar Ederrak” (“The Beautiful Star”).

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Information: (514) 267-7862

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PAST CONCERTS AND REPERTOIRE

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THE CHOIR

From its beginnings as a small a cappella group in 1987, the Sainte-Anne Singers has attracted members who take a particular pleasure in creating beautiful harmonies with the voice alone, and in communicating that pleasure to their audience. It now includes 20 singers from the West Island, Greater Montreal and beyond. 

Much of its repertoire is contemporary, especially Canadian, American and Northern European, but the group also performs works of the Renaissance and the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as sophisticated pop and jazz arrangements. 

Over the years, the Sainte-Anne Singers has enjoyed multiple collaborations with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra (Wanda Kaluzny), the McGill University Children’s and Youth Choirs, the John Laing Singers (Hamilton) and the St. Lawrence Choir. It has been a frequent participant in events such as the Mondial choral Loto-Québec, the Canadian Connections concert series sponsored by the Montreal Choral Institute, the Festival de musique religieuse, the Nuit des Choeurs of the Festival Bach de Montréal, the Festival de la Voix (West Island) and the Classical  Spree concerts sponsored by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

The Sainte-Anne Singers has performed at Podium, Canada’s biennial choral conference, in 2012 (Ottawa) and 2014 (Halifax). A third performance at Podium in Montreal in 2020 was cancelled because of the pandemic.

The ensemble has received numerous awards, including first place at the advanced level of the ARCIM competition (2001), and second place in the chamber choir category of the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs (2010, 2015), as well as finalist in the same category in 2019. 

 

Along with the Choeur de chambre du Québec and the Chœur du Plateau , the Sainte-Anne Singers  was designated a ”Choeur fleuron” by the Alliance chorale du Québec from 2019 to 2021, in recognition of its musical quality and its contribution to Quebec choral life.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Passionate about a cappella, Margo Keenan studied voice privately and has sung for many years in several a cappella quartets in and around Montreal. She has taught music at the primary level and founded and directed numerous choirs in elementary and secondary schools in the Montreal area.

Margo founded the Sainte-Anne Singers in 1987. She studied conducting privately with Peter Schubert and Michael Zaugg. In 2013, she was presented with the Prix Jean-Pierre Guindon in recognition of her contribution to choral singing in Quebec over more than twenty-five years.

Since 2014, Margo Keenan also directs the Philomela Singers, a West Island community choir, as well as a 60-voice choir which forms each spring in order to perform at the West Island-based Festival de la Voix.

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THE SINGERS

Many of the singers in this auditioned group have a solid vocal or instrumental background; others are experienced choristers.

SOPRANO

Francesca Abbondanza-Bergeron

Robin Hornstein

Isabelle Lafrenière

Katrina Lowe

Sheila Warren

ALTO

Annika Diehl

Barb Forton

 Isabelle Ivanov

Nancy Lepine

Georgia Smith

Mary Tsartolias

TENOR

Martin Fairbank

 Jean-Marie François

Chih-Ying Lay

Luc Ménard

Gilles Pesant

BASS

Jean Jeukens

Claude Roy

Daniel Taillon

 

CONTACT

We are looking for basses, sopranos and altos

Do you love a cappella? The Sainte-Anne Singers, designated Chœur Fleuron by the Alliance chorale du Québec, is the West Island’s award-winning chamber ensemble dedicated to singing contemporary repertoire by Quebec, Canadian, American and Northern European composers, as well as standards of a cappella repertoire from all eras. Our concerts always include a variety of styles, from the sublime to the silly.

 

Rehearsals, which are bilingual, are in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue on Monday nights, September to May. Two extra rehearsals are scheduled prior to concerts.

We hold auditions whenever there is an opening. Since these often fill quickly, singers interested in joining are encouraged to contact us without waiting for the beginning of the season.

If you enjoy a challenge, have choral experience, excellent pitch and some sight-reading ability, contact Margo Keenan at mkeenan@videotron.ca to arrange an audition.

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