Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie
Nearly 50 years ago, Sister Lorette Gallant formed a choir of young voices that would carry the Acadian flag to the four corners of the world.
Founded in 1969 as the Aberdeen Choir and renamed Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie in 1972, this choir has built an international reputation. Over the years, the choir distinguished themselves in many competitions and high-profile events. Among others, in 1974, the choir won three first prizes at an international music festival in England. Two years later, the choir sang in front of Queen Elizabeth II in Fredericton and represented New Brunswick at the Olympic Games in Montreal. Then, in 1977, the Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie won the George S. Mathieson Trophy, awarded to the best choir in Canada.
During the next decade, the choir sang in Wales, England and France. They also toured Canada, performing in Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver.
Her great dedication to this internationally renowned choir and the French-Acadian community was recognized in 1996 when Sister Lorette Gallant received the Order of Canada.
In 2005, Sister Lorette Gallant retired and passed on her torch to her niece, Nadine Hébert. This young lady, adorned with extensive musical experience and sharing the love of choral singing, took on this challenge with open arms. The Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie took new heights, participating in the Niagara International Music Festival in St. Catherine, Ontario (2006). In the summer of 2008, the Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie participated in the Mondial Loto-Québec de Laval and then represented New Brunswick at the UNISONG festival in Ottawa. In 2010, the choir participated in the Kathaumixw International Choral Festival in Powell River, British Columbia and in 2012 took part in an exchange with a youth choir from Guelph, Ontario, and participated in the Senior Treble Festival in Toronto.
The following year, the choir attended the Festival 500, an international choir festival held in Newfoundland. During the spring of 2015, they had the opportunity to partake in a cultural exchange with Canada-Cuba Sports & Cultural Festivals in Havana, Cuba. Then, in 2016, the choir participated in an exchange with the choristers of Costal Sound Children’s Choir from Vancouver through the Experience Canada program.
Further, for the past 10 years, the Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie choir has participated in the Christmas concert “Noël with les Muses, les frères Bélivo and Roland Gauvin” at the Moncton Capitol Theatre. In more recent years, the choir has also partnered with Tutta Musica, a local orchestra, to create musical masterpieces.
In 2017, the Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie were featured as one of the choir who appeared on the Chœurs d’ici, chansons d’ici project, a pan-Canadian production to commemorate Canada 150. Further to this, they were chosen as part of the 150 music builders of New Brunswick, where Music NB turned to the community and to the music industry to create a list of 150 New Brunswick Builders.
To this day, the choir continues to get recognition everywhere they go. In fact, Zachary Richard, a French-Cajun singer-songwriter was so impressed when he heard the Jeunes Chanteurs d’Acadie choir perform during the televised production Constellation francophone that he invited them to share the stage with him during the Festival International de Louisiane opening ceremonies in April 2018 in Lafayette, Louisiana. This project is in line with Sister Lorette Gallant’s initial vision of the choir which was to have a chorus of young voices share their love of the French-Acadian history through their love of singing with others.
Sister Lorette Gallant’s recognition continues this year when she will be receiving the order of Moncton in December. Further, next year, the choir will celebrate its 50th anniversary of existence with many activities planned to commemorate this achievement.
The Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie choir is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide children in our community with a unique and enriched cultural experience through the study and performance of choral music that remains accessible to all children regardless of their socio-economic status.
THE CHOIR TODAY
As you can see, throughout the years, the Jeunes Chanteurs d’Acadie choir has played an important role in the cultural and musical development of youths. The choir is also an ambassador for l’Acadie, New Brunswick and Canada, having performed throughout its own country, the United States, Cuba and many European capitals.
Currently, the choir consists of 51choristers between the ages of 11 to 18 and is under the direction of Nadine Hébert. the Jeunes Chanteurs d’Acadie choir has a multilingual repertoire that includes religious, classical, traditional and modern compositions. Singing in different languages and learning the history of these musical compositions, gives the choristers’ knowledge that is unique and that will enrich their soul for a lifetime.
Fondée en 1969 sous le nom de Chorale d’Aberdeen et renommée Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie en 1972, la chorale a joué un rôle important dans le développement culturel et musical de plusieurs jeunes. Au cours des 49 dernières années, la chorale s’est bâti une renommée internationale en se distinguant dans un grand nombre de compétitions et d’événements de grandes envergures. Les choristes ont eu de nombreuses aventures inoubliables et ont partagé leur amour de leur héritage acadien en chantant au travers le Canada, les États-Unis, le Cuba et dans de nombreux pays européens.
Depuis 2005, la chorale est sous la direction de Nadine Hébert, qui possède une vaste expérience musicale et une passion pour le chant choral. Les Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie comptent aujourd’hui 51 choristes âgés entre 11 à 18 ans. La chorale possède un répertoire multilingue et varié comprenant des compositions religieuses, classiques, traditionnelles et modernes. Chanter dans différentes langues et apprendre l’histoire de ces compositions musicales donne aux choristes des connaissances uniques et enrichissantes.
Les voyages culturels permettent aussi à ces jeunes d’apprendre davantage sur leur monde à travers la loupe du chant choral. Ils ont récemment fait des échanges avec des chorales de Guelph en Ontario et de Vancouver en Colombie-Britannique. Ils ont également pris part au Festival 500 à Terre-Neuve et à un échange culturel à La Havane, Cuba … et maintenant ils sont ravis de visiter la région de Lafayette en Louisiane afin de partager leurs racines acadiennes françaises!
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