The choir school, La Maîtrise des Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, (PCMR) has for its mission to enrich the religious services at Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal through sacred music. There are over 210 boys in the choir, aged eight to seventeen. Although their cultural backgrounds are varied, they all share a common passion for singing. At the choir school, they explore the great polyphonic works from across the ages and around the world. Their repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant to contemporary choral works.
Throughout the year, the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal can be heard at over seventy religious ceremonies at Saint Joseph’s Oratory. They sing every Sunday morning at the 11:00 Mass in the Basilica. The Petits Chanteurs take a break from performing between the first Sunday of January and the first Sunday of March.
Musical of program of Masses with the participation of the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
In Concert, in Tour and on Record
The PCMR also perform at many secular concerts. The choir is often heard on radio and television, has been invited to perform in operas, and has presented concerts overseas. They have sung in Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, many European countries, in the United States and in Western Canada.
The PCMR discography is available on their website.
A School for Musical Formation
Founded in 1956 by Father Léandre Brault, CSC who was inspired by the great tradition of boys’ choir schools from Europe, the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal has pursued its educational programs and has flourished. In addition to a regular curriculum, the choir school provides advanced musical training. At the elementary school level, the boys receive three hours of daily musical instruction. All study piano, voice and ear training, and choral singing in sacred and secular repertoire. During high school years, their formation includes enriching their repertoire and learning how to write music. La Maîtrise des Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal is a public school, under the Commission scolaire de Montréal. The school building is located on the grounds of Saint Joseph’s Oratory. General Director of the Choir School : Mr. Andrew Gray