The Montreal Choral Institute was founded by Artistic Director Michael Zaugg in 2009. The institute brings his vision for choral performance and choral education together in one organization. For many years, Michael Zaugg has worked as a pedagogue and mentor with conductors and choirs. Within the institute, several educational events are presented each year, i.e. workshops with renowned conductors, collaborations with professional choirs or reading sessions on choral repertoire.
Michael Zaugg mentors several students throughout the season, coaches conductors in their weekly rehearsal work, and provides assistance for choral related topics such as programming. The Montreal Masterclass, established in 2008, attracts participants from all over Canada. The conductors work under Michael Zaugg’s guidance with premier ensembles such as voces boreales or the St. Lawrence Choir.
Formed in 2006 by conductor Michael Zaugg, voces boreales is an elite vocal ensemble, performing to great acclaim in Montreal and its surrounds. Concerts by the group feature a cappella music of Scandinavia and the Baltics, as well as North-American composers. Music by composers such as Mäntyjäärvi, Daniel-Lesur, Rautavaara, Martin and Pärt are ideal showcases for the choir's lush and full sound. Members of the group are dedicated to excellence in rehearsing and performing. With a repertoire consisting of 8 to 16 parts music, the 20 singers are mostly performing as soloists.
Now entering its fifth season, voces boreales has already performed in prestigious concerts series, such as the National Arts Centre eXpression, Musique Chez Nous at Bishops University, and the Montreal International Bach-Academy. The ensemble voces boreales is produced by the Montreal Choral Institute and appears in its various educational events, ie the Montreal Choral Masterclass.