Les petits chanteurs de Laval
Founded in 1981 and composed of about 125 boys from 8-17, Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval is part of the non-profit organization of three choirs (Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval, Les Voix Boréales and Le Choeur des Jeunes de Laval), which represents the largest Quebec choral organization with more than 300 boys and girls aged between 8 and 27.
Under the musical and artistic direction of Philippe Ostiguy, the choristers collaborated with some of the greatest artists such as Céline Dion, Marie-Mai, André Gagnon, The Tenors, Benoit Jutras/Franco Dragone (Cirque du Soleil), the Opéra de Montréal, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Orchestre symphonique de Laval. Their reputation goes far beyond Quebec’s borders following numerous tours in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.
Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval are also very present on the Quebec scene thanks to their frequent participation in various television events and their involvement with several charities. In 2014, the organization won the Coup de Coeur du jury (Favorite of the jury) at the choir competition Chantez pour Sainte-Justine avec Céline Dion (Sing for Sainte-Justine Hospital with Celine Dion) and had the chance to accompany the international star at the Maison symphonique de Montréal.
The organization of Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2016. For the occasion, the choirs presented two large-scale concerts: Le chant du phénix (The Song of the Phoenix), a choir and circus concept bringing together 250 choristers and 4 circus artists and a Great Reunion Concert at the Maison symphonique de Montréal, accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Laval. In Spring 2017, the organization recorded, along with 18 other choirs selected across the country, the album Chœurs d’ici, chansons d’ici, to mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. The choir has also produced several CDs including the latest, Jamais je ne t’oublierai… which offers French pop songs with arrangements by our musical director Philippe Ostiguy.
Lately, our choristers have had the privilege to be part of Montréal Symphonique, a major event of the festivities surrounding the 375th anniversary of Montréal. This great outdoor concert, presented in front of a crowd of more than 80,000 people, brought together three famous Montréal’s orchestras – the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the McGill Symphony Orchestra – and 20 renowned artists including Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Watson and DJ Champion.
The sub-groups reflect the seniority, the grade level and the age of the choristers:
- Choeur préparatoire: less than one year of seniority (3rd 4th or 5th grade)
- Maxis: 1 year of seniority (5th or 6th grade)
- Juniors: 1 to 2 years of seniority (5th or 6th grade)
- Seniors: 3 to 4 years of seniority (1st or 2nd secondary)
- Ténors et Basses: 5 years of seniority or more (3rd to 5th secondary)
Each season, Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval participate in four concerts produced by the organization:
- Mid-season classic concert in December
- Talent Show (vocal and instrumental show of numbers entirely edited by the Ténors et Basses abd by Les Voix Boréales Chorus)
- Academy concert (presenting various numbers performed by the Choeur préparatoire, the Maxis, the Juniors and the Seniors groups)
- End-of-season popular music show
Regular rehearsals take place in the Pavillon d’Argenteuil at the Centre de création artistique de Laval on Thursday evenings (7 pm to 8:30 pm) and Saturday mornings (9 am to noon). The schedule is however reduce for the Choeur préparatoire. The Thursday rehearsal ends at 8 pm and the Saturday morning rehearsal ends at 11 am, except in special occasions.