The Team

Léa Moisan-PerrierArtistic Director

Léa Moisan-Perrier approaches conducting with sensitivity and dynamism, standing out for her versatility and the effectiveness of her communication on stage.

Most recently, Moisan-Perrier was invited to conduct the Orchestre symphonique de Laval. She has also received several other invitations during her career, notably as assistant conductor for the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières in February 2022 and the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville in April 2022.  She was also resident conductor for the Orchestre du Conservatoire de la Montérégie for their winter 2022 session. In 2018, she assisted Maestro Lacombe at the Opéra National du Rhin for the production of Offenbach’s Barkouf. Working constantly to perfect her skills, Moisan-Perrier has participated in various master classes, including with the OSM and Rafael Payare in the spring of 2021.  She is currently a finalist for the position of Artistic Director of the Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire, where she will conduct two programs next season.

Alongside her orchestral conducting pursuits, Moisan-Perrier enjoys a successful career as a choral conductor. In June 2022, she was appointed the prestigious position of Choir Director and Conductor of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal. Artistic Director of the Chœur des enfants de Montréal since 2017, she leads the organization, through its ambitious and refined programs, to push its limits and to perform with diverse ensembles of professional musicians. Founder of the Les Voix parallèles de l’École de musique Vincent-d’Indy, Moisan-Perrier remained the Artistic Director until May of 2022. During her tenure, driven by the quality and vitality of her direction, the ensemble has been able to attract high-level choristers and tackle an audacious repertoire.

In the spring of 2023, Léa Moisan-Perrier will complete her master’s degree in conducting at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal under the direction of Jacques Lacombe and Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Having also trained as a pianist, singer and choral conductor, she is a graduate in piano from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, holds a Master’s Degree in choral conducting from the Université de Sherbrooke, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in classical singing from the Université de Montréal. Moisan-Perrier is the recipient of a scholarship of excellence from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in 2022, the 2016 Moulin Seigneurial scholarship, and the 2017 Iwan Edwards Prize awarded by Andrew Megill with the Montreal Choral Institute and the St-Laurent Choir.

Léa Moisan-PerrierArtistic Director

Léa Moisan-Perrier approaches conducting with sensitivity and dynamism, standing out for her versatility and the effectiveness of her communication on stage.

Most recently, Moisan-Perrier was invited to conduct the Orchestre symphonique de Laval. She has also received several other invitations during her career, notably as assistant conductor for the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières in February 2022 and the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville in April 2022.  She was also resident conductor for the Orchestre du Conservatoire de la Montérégie for their winter 2022 session. In 2018, she assisted Maestro Lacombe at the Opéra National du Rhin for the production of Offenbach’s Barkouf. Working constantly to perfect her skills, Moisan-Perrier has participated in various master classes, including with the OSM and Rafael Payare in the spring of 2021.  She is currently a finalist for the position of Artistic Director of the Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire, where she will conduct two programs next season.  

Alongside her orchestral conducting pursuits, Moisan-Perrier enjoys a successful career as a choral conductor. In June 2022, she was appointed the prestigious position of Choir Director and Conductor of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal. Artistic Director of the Chœur des enfants de Montréal since 2017, she leads the organization, through its ambitious and refined programs, to push its limits and to perform with diverse ensembles of professional musicians. Founder of the Les Voix parallèles de l’École de musique Vincent-d’Indy, Moisan-Perrier remained the Artistic Director until May of 2022. During her tenure, driven by the quality and vitality of her direction, the ensemble has been able to attract high-level choristers and tackle an audacious repertoire. 

In the spring of 2023, Léa Moisan-Perrier will complete her master’s degree in conducting at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal under the direction of Jacques Lacombe and Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Having also trained as a pianist, singer and choral conductor, she is a graduate in piano from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, holds a Master’s Degree in choral conducting from the Université de Sherbrooke, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in classical singing from the Université de Montréal. Moisan-Perrier is the recipient of a scholarship of excellence from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in 2022, the 2016 Moulin Seigneurial scholarship, and the 2017 Iwan Edwards Prize awarded by Andrew Megill with the Montreal Choral Institute and the St-Laurent Choir..

Romain PolletPrincipal Collaborative Pianist

Romain Pollet holds prizes from the Conservatoire de Bordeaux in piano and bassoon, a degree in musicology from Michel Montaigne University, the French State Diploma as a piano teacher, a Master’s Degree in piano and bassoon, and a Doctorate in piano accompaniment from the Université de Montreal. During his studies, he received numerous scholarships, including the D. Angers and P.M. and V.M. Gélinas scholarships, in piano.

During his training, he was taught by Jean-Philippe Guillo, Aurélie Forré, Jean-Marie Lamothe in Bordeaux, Marc Durand and Martin Mangrum in Montreal and took part in numerous masterclasses. During his doctorate, he deepened his repertoire of melody and lied and presented, in addition to recitals, research on Liszt’s piano transcriptions of Schubert’s Müllerlieder, all under the direction of Francis Perron.

As a collaborative pianist, he works with several choirs, and joined the Camp musical du Saguenay team in 2017. Romain has also been a pianist at the Canadian Institute of Vocal Art for several years and joined the faculty of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in 2018.

He also collaborates with pianist Laurence Lambert-Chan as the duo Ex-Æquo. The duo presented their humorous show during a tour of Quebec in 2014-2015 and took part in several festivals, including Montréal en lumière, Festival Classica, Vue sur lalève and more recently the OSM’s Virée classique.

Romain joined the Orford Six Pianos ensemble in 2017. The ensemble, founded in 2005, regularly performs in concert on stages in Quebec and Canada. Composed of six accomplice pianists, this extraordinary ensemble offers arrangements of well-known orchestral works and other curiosities for six pianos.

Romain PolletPrincipal Collaborative Pianist

Romain Pollet holds prizes from the Conservatoire de Bordeaux in piano and bassoon, a degree in musicology from Michel Montaigne University, the French State Diploma as a piano teacher, a Master’s Degree in piano and bassoon, and a Doctorate in piano accompaniment from the Université de Montreal. During his studies, he received numerous scholarships, including the D. Angers and P.M. and V.M. Gélinas scholarships, in piano.

During his training, he was taught by Jean-Philippe Guillo, Aurélie Forré, Jean-Marie Lamothe in Bordeaux, Marc Durand and Martin Mangrum in Montreal and took part in numerous masterclasses. During his doctorate, he deepened his repertoire of melody and lied and presented, in addition to recitals, research on Liszt’s piano transcriptions of Schubert’s Müllerlieder, all under the direction of Francis Perron.

As a collaborative pianist, he works with several choirs, and joined the Camp musical du Saguenay team in 2017. Romain has also been a pianist at the Canadian Institute of Vocal Art for several years and joined the faculty of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in 2018.

He also collaborates with pianist Laurence Lambert-Chan as the duo Ex-Æquo. The duo presented their humorous show during a tour of Quebec in 2014-2015 and took part in several festivals, including Montréal en lumière, Festival Classica, Vue sur lalève and more recently the OSM’s Virée classique.

Romain joined the Orford Six Pianos ensemble in 2017. The ensemble, founded in 2005, regularly performs in concert on stages in Quebec and Canada. Composed of six accomplice pianists, this extraordinary ensemble offers arrangements of well-known orchestral works and other curiosities for six pianos.

Alice BoissinotAssistant Conductor

Alice Boissinot joined CEM in 2022 as assistant conductor. She holds degrees in voice and cello from Conservatoire de musique de Montreal and is currently studying at McGill university in Voice Performance with Aline Kutan and Cello Performance with Elizabeth Dolin.

She participated in the Lachine International Vocal Academy (2021, 2022) and the International Music Academy at Domaine Forget (2019) in cello. She received awards and scholarships both as a singer and a cellist, including the first prize at Choeur de la Montagne Competition in 2019 and the Stéphane Tétreault Scholarship in 2016.

Alice has extensive experience singing and performing with several ensembles in Canada, France and the US. A former chorister, she performed with CEM under the baton of Kent Nagano and Zubin Mehta. Her solo performances with orchestra include Fauré’s Requiem, Carmina Burana, Villa Lobos Bachianas n.8, and various opera excerpts.

Alice BoissinotAssistant Conductor

Alice Boissinot joined CEM in 2022 as assistant conductor. She holds degrees in voice and cello from Conservatoire de musique de Montreal and is currently studying at McGill university in Voice Performance with Aline Kutan and Cello Performance with Elizabeth Dolin.

She participated in the Lachine International Vocal Academy (2021, 2022) and the International Music Academy at Domaine Forget (2019) in cello. She received awards and scholarships both as a singer and a cellist, including the first prize at Choeur de la Montagne Competition in 2019 and the Stéphane Tétreault Scholarship in 2016.

Alice has extensive experience singing and performing with several ensembles in Canada, France and the US. A former chorister, she performed with CEM under the baton of Kent Nagano and Zubin Mehta. Her solo performances with orchestra include Fauré’s Requiem, Carmina Burana, Villa Lobos Bachianas n.8, and various opera excerpts.

Benjamin KwongCollaborative Pianist

Benjamin Kwong is a Montreal based pianist, coach and music director.  Having completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at McGill University in piano performance, he now works as a vocal, instrumental, chamber and choral pianist.  Previous engagements as music director include Côte-St-Luc Dramatic Society (Caberet, 2019), Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (Bintel Brief (associate), 2016), Centaur Theatre (Last Night at the Gayety (associate), 2016), Opera de Camera (Cosi fan tutti (associate), 2016, Hänsel und Gretel, 2015, Cendrillon, 2014, Le nozze di Figaro, 2013).

Benjamin KwongCollaborative Pianist

Benjamin Kwong is a Montreal based pianist, coach and music director.  Having completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at McGill University in piano performance, he now works as a vocal, instrumental, chamber and choral pianist.  Previous engagements as music director include Côte-St-Luc Dramatic Society (Caberet, 2019), Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (Bintel Brief (associate), 2016), Centaur Theatre (Last Night at the Gayety (associate), 2016), Opera de Camera (Cosi fan tutti (associate), 2016, Hänsel und Gretel, 2015, Cendrillon, 2014, Le nozze di Figaro, 2013).

Emily BurtGeneralManager

 

Originally from Alberta, Emily has been actively involved in the Montreal arts scene for the past 10 years as a performer, educator and administrator.

An active freelancer, she can be heard performing with various orchestras throughout Quebec, such as Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Orchestre symphonique de Trois Rivières, Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville, amongst others.  Outside of orchestral playing, Emily is the Oboist and Program Director for The Allegra Foundation’s beloved children’s chamber music series, Bach Before Bedtime.  She is also the General Manager of the Chœur des enfants de Montréal. 

Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Oboe Performance from the Hartt School of Music, a Master’s Degree in Oboe Performance from McGill University, as well as an Executive Graduate Certificate from the Global Leaders Institute, Emily’s professional career has taken her to North and South America, as well as Europe.  Emily is a recipient of the Hildegard Behrens Foundation 2021 Global Humanitarian Entrepreneur Prize.

Emily BurtGeneralManager

 

Originally from Alberta, Emily has been actively involved in the Montreal arts scene for the past 10 years as a performer, educator and administrator.

An active freelancer, she can be heard performing with various orchestras throughout Quebec, such as Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Orchestre symphonique de Trois Rivières, Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville, amongst others.  Outside of orchestral playing, Emily is the Oboist and Program Director for The Allegra Foundation’s beloved children’s chamber music series, Bach Before Bedtime.  She is also the General Manager of the Chœur des enfants de Montréal. 

Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Oboe Performance from the Hartt School of Music, a Master’s Degree in Oboe Performance from McGill University, as well as an Executive Graduate Certificate from the Global Leaders Institute, Emily’s professional career has taken her to North and South America, as well as Europe.  Emily is a recipient of the Hildegard Behrens Foundation 2021 Global Humanitarian Entrepreneur Prize.

Iwan Edwards, C.M.Director Emeritus

Widely known and respected as one of Canada’s finest choral conductors, Iwan Edwards, the founding director of CEM, is recognized for his accomplishments as an educator, adjudicator, and coach nurturing the next generation of professional singers. His life-long dedication to the development of Canadian music and singers is a hallmark of his musical programming. As the director of the Chœur de l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal for 21 years and founder of the 90-voice St. Lawrence Choir, he has been involved in many choirs for young people, including the F.A.C.E. (Fine Arts Core Education) Treble Choir, which he directed for 20 years. Iwan Edwards retired as Artistic Director of Chœur des enfants de Montréal in June 2009. He continued to participate as a guide and advisor for the Choir, the Board and its Director until his passing in 2022.

Iwan Edwards, C.M.Director Emeritus

Widely known and respected as one of Canada’s finest choral conductors, Iwan Edwards, the founding director of CEM, is recognized for his accomplishments as an educator, adjudicator, and coach nurturing the next generation of professional singers. His life-long dedication to the development of Canadian music and singers is a hallmark of his musical programming. As the director of the Chœur de l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal for 21 years and founder of the 90-voice St. Lawrence Choir, he has been involved in many choirs for young people, including the F.A.C.E. (Fine Arts Core Education) Treble Choir, which he directed for 20 years. Iwan Edwards retired as Artistic Director of Chœur des enfants de Montréal in June 2009. He continued to participate as a guide and advisor for the Choir, the Board and its Director until his passing in 2022.

Administrative Team

Emily Burt, General Manager

Michèle-Andrée Lanoue, Communications Agent

 

Board of Directors

  • Lisa Hallman, President
  • Eric Heddle, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Angela Hemingway-Adam
  • Anna Pietrobruno
  • Jacques Baruthio
  • Alexandre Blondin

Join Our Team!

CEM is seeking an Associate Artistic Director, commencing July 2023. The Associate Artistic Director will co-direct the Junior, Senior, and Concert Choirs. 

Associate Artistic Director