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The Vocal Ensemble

Les Voix d'Acadie

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WHO WE ARE


The vocal ensemble les Voix d’Acadie is a four-part, francophone choir made up of approximately 40 members from the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Our mission is to promote and introduce francophone music to all in a learning and creative environment.











HISTORY


The vocal ensemble les Voix d’Acadie was started by Carmen Comeau-Anderson in the fall of 1973. Five individuals have directed the choir over its lifetime: Ida Gaudet Roméro, Irène Comeau, Pierre Perron, Danielle Tardy and currently, André Mallet. While these directors have shared a common goal of promoting French music, each has done so in their own way by varying the repertoire, the concert style and by introducing dance and movements.

The choir’s repertoire covers a variety of musical styles such as contemporary, pop rock, traditional, jazz and classical. The choir has also staged a number of rock-opera classics such as Starmania, Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris. For the 2004 Congrès mondial acadien, the choir commissioned Calixte Duguay, a well known Acadian artist to write a musical, "La grande traversée", which included both text and songs relating the odyssey of the Acadian people.

Over the years, the choir has performed in various Acadian regions of NB and NS, and with a variety of groups, such as Symphony Nova Scotia, the children's choirs of Bois- Joli, Beau Bassin, and Beau Marais schools, and Le Choeur des Aboiteaux. Les Voix d’Acadie has also participated in the Royal Canadian Legion video “Unsung Heroes”.

Les Voix d’Acadie typically performs one concert at Christmas and one in late spring. Each year these shows incorporate a different theme, combining song, choreography, scenery, costumes and lighting. Choir members are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the production.

OUR DIRECTOR


Description coming soon

Daniel LeBlanc

OUR MEMBERS

Sopranos

ANNE CAMERONPAULINE CHAGNON
DONNA D'ENTREMONTSIMONNE DUGUAY-MALLET
PAULETTE HALLMARIE-PAULE JOHNSON
DIANE LOSIERFRANCINE ROUSSEL-FOWLER
MONIQUE SIMARD-PELLETIERCARMELLE SURETTE
DANIELLE TARDY 

Altos

GAIL BOYLEMARIE-FRANCE BRETON
CLAIRE CARVERJACINTHE CORMIER
ANNE F. D'ENTREMONTISABELLE GASCON
JOAN HACHÉSONIA LOSIER
SUZIE QUACKENBUSHAIDAN THOMAS
MARIE PATRICIA WHITELISE WILHELMY STEELE

Tenors

SERGE DESJARDINS
AUSTIN DURBIN
PHIL JOURDEUIL
GASTON RENAULT
JAYNE ROMA
DIRK XANTHOS

Basses

LARRY BENT
ANDRÉ BOUCHARD
HUGH D'ENTREMONT
SUYAN FENG
CHRIS NASSER
BRIAN TRAINOR

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board of Directors 2016-2017

PresidentSERGE DESJARDINS
Vice-presidentJAYNE ROMA
TreasurerLARRY BENT
SecretaryDIANE LOSIER
DirectorISABELLE GASCON
DirectorPAULETTE HALL
DirectorHUGH D'ENTREMONT
  
Choir DirectorANDRÉ MALLET

JOIN US

Are you over the age of 18 with the desire to sing? Then join us! The ability to read music is not required. All you need is a good ear and sense of rhythm.

Did you know that les Voix d’Acadie is also a choir for francophiles? Singing is a wonderful way to practice your French! While a basic comprehension of the French language is needed, the “accents” all mix together with the musical and social harmonies.

Interested but wondering if you have the time? We rehearse Monday evenings and are also expected to practice our parts at home using MP3 recordings. Additional weekend rehearsals are required during certain times of the year.

Join us!

Practices take place on Monday nights from 7 to 9:30 pm at le Carrefour du Grand Havre school.

The registration fee is $150/year, due in September ($100 for first time members only)

LOCATION






CONTACT US

 Serge Desjardins
 1109 - 201C ave. du Portage,
President:Dartmouth, NS, B2X 3T4
 (902) 445-0232
 choristeenacadie@gmail.com

OUR RECORDINGS

Noël avec Les Voix d'Acadie CD Les Voix d'Acadie
1. Vive le vent
2. Adeste Fideles
3. Tourdion
4. Venez mes enfants
5. Une Vierge féconde
6. Noël blanc
7. Petit Papa Noël
8. Glory Alleluia
9. Nous voici dans la ville
10. Tous les bourgeois de Châtres
11. Joyeux Noël
12. Dormi Jesu
13. Cantique de Jean Racine
14. Medley de Noëls traditionnels
15. Gloria in excelcis
1. Ode à l'Acadie
2. Y'a une étoile
3. Un million de fois je t'aime
4. Suite Française
5. Le p'tit bœuf
6. Petit matin
7. Je ne pourrai jamais vivre sans toi
8. Le chat
9. Vois mon monde
10. L'effet papillon
11. Sous d'autres cieux
12. Rendez-vous
13. Laisse aller
14. Hymne à l'espoir
15. Ave Maris Stella
This first album offers a selection of songs from the traditional to the recent Gloria in Excelcis by the Acadian artist, Paul Gallant. You will hear classics, such as the "Cantique de Jean Racine" by Gabriel Fauré and a few "Noëls anciens" from France, as well as jazz versions of more recent favourites such as "Petit Papa Noël" and "Vive le vent". We hope that this album will provide you with many hours of enjoyment. This CD is a celebration of 40 years of the vocal ensemble les Voix d’Acadie. It is dedicated to past directors who have kept our Acadian voices alive all these years. Take a musical trip through the choir’s history as told through a variety of musical styles, from folklore to jazz, from all corners of the Francosphere.

If you are interested in purchasing these CDs, please contact choristeenacadie@gmail.com


OUR PARTNERS

Our Community Partners:

Le Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre (http://www.ccgh.ca/) La Radio Communautaire – Radio Halifax Metro, CKRH 98, 5MF