The Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal is a boys’ choir established in 1956 by Father Léandre Brault, c.s.c., who was inspired by the great European tradition of boys’ choir schools dating back to the 6th century. Since its foundation, the Boys’ choir has been fulfilling its mission by providing high quality singing of sacred works enriching the many religious ceremonies at Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal, Canada. Aged nine to seventeen, the 210 boys in the choir come from diverse social and cultural backgrounds but all share a common passion for singing. At the choir school, the young choristers explore the great polyphonic works from across the ages and around the world. Their repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant to contemporary choral works. Over the last five decades, the unique educational project of Saintt Joseph’s Oratory’s Boys’ Choir School has flourished. In addition to the regular academic curriculum, the choir school provides advanced musical education including piano, voice and ear training, as well as choral singing in sacred and secular repertoire. At the elementary school level, the boys follow three hours of daily musical instruction. During their high school studies at College Notre-Dame, the choristers pursue their musical training at the choir school enriching their repertoire and learning music writing. Throughout the year, the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal can be heard at over seventy
religious ceremonies at Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royall and at many concerts. The choir is often heard on radio and television and invited to perform abroad. In recent years, they sang in Korea, Venezuela, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria and the United States. Mrs. Johanne Chantal is the General Director of the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal Choir School and Mr. Gilbert Patenaude is the Musical Director and Choirmaster.
Web site: Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal