The Sainte-Anne Singers
The Sainte-Anne Singers is a chamber ensemble founded by Margo Keenan in 1987 in Sainte-Anne de Bellevue, with the aim of exploring a wide range of a cappella repertoire. Their concerts typically include Renaissance, pop, jazz and contemporary choral music, with an emphasis on Canadian composers.
Over the years, the Sainte-Anne Singers have made numerous appearances at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Festival de musique religieuse and the Mondial Choral Loto-Québec, as well as the Montreal Bach Festival. The choir has performed twice at Podium, Canada's national choral conference, most recently in 2014 in Halifax. The singers have also participated in some exciting musical collaborations, notably with the John Laing Singers of Hamilton, Ontario, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra and the St. Lawrence Choir.
Always eager to deepen its performance skills, the choir has worked in recent years with renowned conductors such as Jon Washburn (Canada), Erik Westberg (Sweden), Maria Guinand (Venezuela), and Julia Davids, with the Canadian Chamber Choir, in events sponsored by the Montreal Choral Institute.
In 2010 and again in 2015, the Sainte-Anne Singers were awarded second place in the chamber choir category of the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs.
In 2017, the ensemble produced a CD, Nuits d’hiver, to celebrate its 30th anniversary (available on CD Baby and Google Play). At the same time, the choir was chosen, along with 18 other choirs across the country, to record a track for a new CD of French-Canadian music produced by Radio-Canada in honour of Canada’s 150th.