Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
The Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal was founded by Father Léandre Brault in 1956. Father Brault was inspired by the great tradition of boys’ choirs, which dates back to the 6th century. Since its foundation, the choir has fulfilled its mission, which is to enrich the religious services at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal with beautiful singing. There are 210 boys in the choir, aged 8 to 17. Though they represent many different cultural backgrounds, they all share a common passion for singing. At the choir school, the Petits Chanteurs explore the great polyphonic works from across the ages and around the world. Their repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant to contemporary choral works.
Throughout the year, the Petits Chanteurs play a great part in some 60 religious ceremonies at St. Joseph’s Oratory, as well as giving many secular concerts. The choir is also often heard on radio and seen on television, and receives invitations to perform abroad. In recent years, the Petits Chanteurs have sung in Korea, in Venezuela, in the Czech Republic, in the Netherlands, in Belgium, in Germany, in France, in the USA, in Spain, in Italy, in Austria and in Canada.
The unique educational project of the Boys Choir School has flourished over the last five decades. In addition to the normal curriculum, the Choir School offers an advanced musical education including piano, voice and ear training, choral singing in sacred and secular repertoire. At the elementary school level, the young boys receive three hours of daily musical training. While pursuing their high school studies, students carry on their musical training at the Choir School, learning new pieces and performing.