Marie Claude Desloges

Bachelor in Interpretation (McGill, voice, with distinction), Marie Claude Desloges studied under France Dion, Ian Simons and Alan Fast. Following her Masters in Choral Direction (McGill, with Fred Stoltzfus) she enrolled in the University of Illinois for a Doctorate in Choral Direction (D.M.A.) and studied with Don V Moses, Robert Shaw and Mignon Dunn. She founded L'Ensemble St-Germain, whose excellence became known through the National Competitions of Radio-Canada. Secure in a long experience in choral music, she was also as comfortable in the Baroque and Renaissance repertories as in contemporary avant-garde music : she was a soloist with the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers of McGill and, on several occasions, for Les Concerts Arts-Québec; she sang with The Electric Phoenix of England and she was a member of Le Studio de Musique Ancienne of Montréal. She assumed the musical direction of L'Ensemble Vocal Arts-Québec as well as the Choeur Laval in 1991 and she taught at Concordia University. In the summer of 91 she was invited as head choir mistress to the Classical Music Festival of Eisenstadt (Austria).

She sang with Arts-Québec from the spring of 81 and, from that moment, was involved in all the developmental stages of L'Ensemble as choral singer, section leader, teacher of the youth, assistant to the director and finally musical director. Under her direction, L'Ensemble vocal came into its own, advancing in sound quality, dealing also with a hitherto little -explored repertoire (Brahms, Berlioz, Poulenc, Milhaud, etc.)

A tragic automobile accident claimed her life on November 27th 1994.


(English version by Fran Wright and Cindy Teel)