THE POWER OF A CHOIR

Mem­bers of Les pe­tits chanteurs de Laval on what singing in the choir has brought them:

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It has helped me dis­cover other cul­tures, and lis­ten to oth­ers. It’s fun. When you sing with a lot of voices, you hear all kinds of things to­gether. It’s cool. ÉTI­ENNE GAGNÉ, 14

It’s re­ally fun to be able to mix the mu­si­cal side — where you sit, you’re se­ri­ous, you lis­ten, re­hearse and cre­ate some­thing to­gether that makes you so proud — with the per­sonal side. On breaks, you can talk with friends you get along so well with; it sounds cheesy but it’s re­ally a fam­ily. CAMILLE CHÉ­NARD, 16

Choir rep­re­sents an es­cape, in a sense. I’m else­where (in my life). I’m in mar­ket­ing, which is a se­ri­ous mi­lieu. But at least once a week, I get to free my mind. Singing in a choir is fun. It’s as sim­ple as that. MARC-OLIVIER HARDY, 24

You learn to blend, and meld with other voices and the en­ergy of the group. Each per­son is es­sen­tial and brings some­thing spe­cific to this mu­si­cal pro­ject we’re all in to­gether. It’s like an orches­tra; you have to ad­just. If the tenors have the melody, we do softer back­ing vo­cals, then when it’s our turn, we take the lead. You learn to in­ter­act with one an­other, and to lis­ten. OPHÉLIE SAVARD-GRaT­TON, 24

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