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    • collectif9 at the Orford Music Academy

      Known for their innovative programming, unique arrangements of classical repertoire, and collaborative approach, chamber music ensemble collectif9 offers a chamber music session in which the musicians of the group share their stage experience as well as their unique vision of the practice of chamber music. 

      This workshop provides young musicians with a multi-faceted experience to create and work on inspiring concert programmes, to engage audiences, and to create notable experiences with one’s musician colleagues. 

      With a balance of practical and performing activities and sessions of exchange and reflection, this workshop includes several performances including participation in a concert with collectif9. Students will work and play side-by-side with musicians of collectif9 with a focus on flexibility, spontaneity, and risk-taking in performance and rehearsal.  

      Students will participate in: 

      • Group rehearsals, informal performances, and concerts in which they will play folk-inspired music (Brahms, Schnittke, Marquez), works from the Baroque era (Couperin, Purcell), and other repertoire ranging from the 20th century to today (Nicole Lizée, Ligeti, JLin, and more); 
      • Jam sessions with other musicians at the academy (students and faculty); 
      • Presentations and workshops that explore topics integral to the presentation of chamber music concerts today, such as programming, staging, stage presence and communication, and collaboration between musicians and with other artists. 

      The program is aimed at individual string players (violin, viola, cello, double bass) as well as existing string ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, etc.). 



      About collectif9 

      Known for their innovative programming and unique arrangements of classical repertoire, Juno-nominated Montreal string ensemble collectif9 performs “with an infectious energy and vigour that grabs an audience’s attention” (The WholeNote). Since their 2011 debut, collectif9 has performed numerous concerts across North America, Europe, and Asia. As performers of classical and contemporary music, the ensemble combines the power of an orchestra with the agility of a chamber ensemble. The collectif9 ensemble operates on the premise that a change of context can influence communication and experience. 

      collectif9 presents several new programmes every season in Montréal, Canada, and their national and international touring schedule includes performances in chamber music series, festivals, universities, and more. Highlights include concerts in the Festival de Música de Morelia (Mexico), La Folle journée de Nantes (France), Festival de Lanaudière (Québec), Shenzhen Concert Hall (China), and Sound Unbound (Barbican Centre, London). The ensemble continues to explore new repertoire and new artistic partnerships with composers, video artists, poets, lighting designers, and other inspired collaborators, to create multidisciplinary projects that come to life in acoustic or amplified settings.



      Workshops include the following:

      • 2.5 hours of one-on-one lessons per week
      • Group activity (master class, Q&A session, technique classes)
      • The option to participate in one or more student concerts
      • Access to a collaborative pianist
      • Networking activities with fellow musicians
      • Access to conferences presented by musicians and guests from various backgrounds on topics related to a musician’s career such as technique, finances, psychology, physical fitness, and more
      • Accommodation in one of our two artist residences
      • Three meals a day, as well as full access to the kitchen and common areas
      • Practice studios equipped with pianos (available 6AM-11PM)
      • Housekeeping, laundry (for a fee), parking, and free WiFi (free)
      • Free tickets to live performances in the Gilles-Lefebvre Concert Hall (subject to availability)
      • The opportunity to explore the beautiful Mont-Orford National Park


      Please note that all Covid-19 regulations set forth by the Gouvernement du Québec will be rigorously followed.


    Application Deadlines

    February 2, 2023
    First Round (for automatic scholarship consideration)

    March 30, 2023
    Second Round (for scholarship consideration, subject to availability)

    Applications received after the Second Round deadline will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.


    Please note that scholarships can cover up to 75% of tuition fees.

    • For a one-week workshop is $1,100 (CAD)
    • For a two-week workshop is $2,200 (CAD)