MONT-CARMEL — Free choral workshops, which will be open to the general public, will take place during the Grand Ruisseau Song Festival this coming weekend.
This festival, presented by La Coopérative de développement culturel et patrimonial de Mont-Carmel, will take place Sept. 27 to 29 at the Mont-Carmel Parish Centre.
Catherine-Élisabeth Loiselle, who has more than 20 years of experience in her field of expertise, is offering the workshops for the second time since 2010.
Born in Québec City, Loiselle gives solo performances in Québec and France, as well as with numerous ensembles. She specializes in recitals, performing religious, ancient as well as contemporary music.
Loiselle currently directs the following choirs: Échos d’Arcadie, the Chœur du Musée de la civilisation, the chorale St-Benoît Abbé and the vocal ensemble Baroquo-Negro.
The first workshop takes place Saturday and the second Sunday, both at 2 p.m.
Both are free, open to the public and take place at the Mont-Carmel Parish Centre. Supper will be provided free to participants after each workshop.
Workshops include two different components — how to present a song to the general public and tips on how a choir member can overcome problems.
Participants will learn songs in three-and-four-part harmony, as well as the art of sounding as one entity, how to listen to one another and how to find the common balance between listening and singing.
There will also be a question-answer period between Loiselle and the participants.
A choir of 37 students from l’École-sur-Mer, as well as a class of high school students from École Évangéline, will have the opportunity to take part in vocal workshops with Loiselle on Thursday and Friday at their respective schools.
This festival, which is in its fourth year, will also include a dance Saturday evening with 4 Cord Boys — Allan Gallant, Pierre Poirier, Peter Arsenault and Paul Arsenault — and Mona, Albert and Friends — Mona Arsenault, Albert Arsenault, Louise Arsenault and Robert Doucette.
There is also a concert component with short performances by various artists, including Kendall Paugh, the choir of l’École-sur-Mer, Harmony (Debbie Rousselle-Montgomery, Keelin Wedge and Tracy Gallant) and Ashley LeClair Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The closing concert takes place Sunday at 7 p.m. with featured artists Meaghan Blanchard, Patricia Richard, Marcella Richard, Caroline Bernard, Léonie Richard, Jeannita Bernard, Roland Beaulieu, Catherine-Élisabeth Loiselle and an adult choir.
For information or to register e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 854-2862.