The OSM Chorus
The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Chorus was established in the 1980s at the request of Charles Dutoit. Composed of 50 professional singers and 80 to 100 volunteer singers, the Chorus has joined forces with the OSM for hundreds of performances of masterworks from the repertoire.
Recent works in which the OSM Chorus has participated include Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in May 2016 and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in September 2016.
The OSM Chorus has been heard in Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, New York, Philadelphia and Saratoga Springs in works as diverse as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, Shostakovich’s Babi Yar Symphony and Dallapiccola’s Il Prigionero.
In addition to singing under the direction of Kent Nagano and Charles Dutoit, the OSM Chorus has collaborated with such guest conductors as Nicholas McGegan, Zubin Mehta, Krzysztof Penderecki, Robert Shaw, Iwan Edwards (its director for some 20 years) and Andrew Megill, chorus master since 2011.
Recordings and distinctions
Among the many OSM recordings on which the OSM Chorus can be heard, noteworthy are Berlioz’s Les Troyens, which was honored with a Grammy Award in 1996, and Holst’s The Planets, which received the Grand Prix du disque – Canada in 1988.
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ANDREW MEGILL, CHORUS MASTER
Andrew Megill is recognized as one of the finest chorus directors of his generation, and his repertoire, exceptionally vast, reaches from early to contemporary music.
Choir master and choral direction
Andrew Megill has been chorus master of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since the 2011-2012 season.
Maestro Megill’s has conducted, among others:
The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the OSM Chorus in Handel’s Messiah in December 2014.
Many large-scale works, including: Britten’s War Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust.
He has also prepared choruses for numerous orchestras, including:
The American Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the National Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.
He has additionally worked with conductors of international renown, among them:
Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Alan Gilbert, Kurt Masur and Kent Nagano.
Andrew Megill is director of choral activities at the University of Illinois.
He has also served as associate conductor and director of choral programs at the Carmel Bach Festival, and as artistic director of the ensemble Fuma Sacra. He has taught at Westminster Choir College and was guest conductor at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
The work of Andrew Megill has been broadcast by PRI and by the BBC, and can be heard on a number of recordings, including Jon Magnussen’s Psalm on Albany Records, Haydn Masses on the Naxos label and works by Caleb Burhans on Cantaloupe.
The position of chorus master is generously sponsored by Ms. F. Ann Birks in memory of Barrie Drummond Birks.
Simon Leclerc, associate conductor of the OSM Pop series, and orchestrator
Simon Leclerc studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and quickly made the leap into various musical worlds – from backup singer for Céline Dion to musical comedy – and he became an arranger-orchestrator especially sought after by Québec artists.
A record producer, he has also written music for the cinema, for documentaries and for television.
With the OSM he has been responsible for orchestral concerts showcasing Lorraine Desmarais, Bruno Pelletier, Isabelle Boulay, Gino Vannelli, Diane Reeves, Laurence Jalbert, Starmania, Notre-Dame de Paris and Starmania vs. Notre-Dame de Paris.
For six years he traveled to Los Angeles to lead the Paramount Pictures orchestra for TV series like Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise.
In 2005 he conducted the series of orchestral concerts given by Charles Aznavour in Canada.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin called on his services for the production of the disc Kurt Weill featuring Diane Dufresne.
Simon Leclerc is also the composer of the Concerto for Radio Host and Orchestra, an OSM commission that was conducted by Kent Nagano and featured René Homier-Roy.
In 2011 he premiered a very different kind of show, a sort of musical allegory that allowed spectators to enter his creative world, Les synapses de Simon Leclerc, staged at Cinquième Salle in Place des Arts.
Some collaboration with the OSM
– 2016-2017 season: Roch Voisine & Guests, Ariane Moffatt & Guests, Symphonic Brel
– 2015-2016 season: Kevin Parent, Jim Cuddy and Patrick Bruel
– 2014-2015 season: Les Trois Accords, Mika and Jean-Pierre Ferland
– 2013-2014 season: Cœur de pirate, Adam Cohen
– In the spring of 2014 he conducted the OSM in “Hats off to Les Belles-soeurs”, the musical stage work by René Richard Cyr and Daniel Bélanger based on the eponymous play Belles-soeurs by Michel Tremblay.
– 2012-2013 season: Vincent Vallières, Isabelle Boulay, Mes Aïeux and Plume Latraverse
– 2011-2012 season: Simple Plan, Rufus Wainwright, Marie-Mai and David Usher