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VIRGINIE PACHECO

 

Virginie a commencé sa formation musicale en France. Elle a terminé avec distinction une licence en Musicologie de l’Université de Nancy. Après avoir obtenu des diplômes en flûte à bec et en théorie musicale, Virginie s’est installée à Montréal pour entreprendre une maîtrise en direction chorale à l’Université de Sherbrooke, auprès de Robert Ingari. Depuis qu’elle a terminé sa maîtrise, Virginie s’est fait reconnaître rapidement comme jeune directrice, comme en témoigne le prix Iwan Edwards qu’elle a obtenu pour sa direction chorale. Elle a participé à des master classes dans le monde entier et, en 2017, a complété une résidence d’été avec le Ontario Youth Choir sous la tutelle d’Elise Bradley. Virginie est professeure de musique au Collège Stanislas et directrice artistique des Jeunes Voix du Cœur, à Belœil. Elle est actuellement sous le mentorat du Maestro Iwan Edwards.

Virginie began her musical training in France, where she graduated with Honors from the Université de Nancy with a Bachelor in Musicology. After completing diplomas in Recorder and music theory, Virginie settled in Montreal to pursue her Masters in Conducting at the Université de Sherbrooke, under the instruction of Robert Ingari. Since completing her degree, Virginie has quickly become an acclaimed emerging conductor, winning the Iwan Edwards award for her conducting. She has participated in masterclasses throughout the world, and in 2017 spent a summer residency with the Ontario Youth Choir under the tutelage of Elise Bradley. Virginie is a music teacher at Collège Stanislas and is also the artistic director of Les Jeunes Voix du Coeur in Beloeil.  She is currently mentored by Maestro Iwan Edwards.

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CHRISTOPHER DUCASSE

A native of Port-au-Prince Haiti, Christopher attended Holy Trinity Music School where he learned voice, violin, and piano. Christopher became a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Holy Trinity in 2007 and conducted their main choir "Les Petits Chanteurs" for three years beginning in 2011. He was a BLUME HAITI Scholar in the Haitian student exchange program at Lawrence University in 2015, and in 2017 he joined Silver Lake College of the Holy Family to get a Bachelor in Choral Music Education. Currently he is pursuing a Masters in Music in Choral Conducting at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Christopher was the Winner of the WCDA Conducting Competition in 2018. He has also composed vocal and instrumental pieces that have been performed by various groups, most notably Petits Chanteurs and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Holy Trinity Music School, the Lawrence University Cello Ensemble, and the Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Chorale. Christopher sings baritone, in addition to play piano and violin, and does some photography as a hobby

JESSICA PIERPONT

Jessica Pierpont joined McGill University as a doctoral candidate in choral conducting. Her research is focusing on Ralph Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem as well as girls’ choir performance practice methods. Jessica is thrilled to join and work with Adleisia as one of their choral conducting interns starting in fall 2021.

Jessica Pierpont is currently the conductor, artistic director and founder of the Vermont Chamber Artists and of the Vermont Girls Choir in Vermont. She received her Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the University of Arizona and holds a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in piano from Castleton University. Jessica holds a position at McGill University, as a course instructor teaching choral conducting to undergraduate students. In addition, she currently hold a position as conductor and course lecturer teaching Chorale at Northern Vermont University. Jessica has attended and participated in many music workshops, including Oxford University Workshops, Westminster Choir College summer workshops, Yale University 21C, ACDA regional collegiate workshops, Beyond the Baton with Diane Wittry and was selected as a conducting fellow in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival hosted by the Yale School of Music. Jessica's primary conducting instructor is Dr. Jean- Sébastien Vallée with previous instruction from Dr. Bruce Chamberlain, Dr. Elizabeth Schauer and Dr. Sherrill Blodget, James Jordan, Gary Graden, T.J. Harper and orchestral conducting with Hugh Keelan.

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