Ensemble ArtChoral is a professional choir steeped in the grand tradition of choral music in Quebec for over 40 years, with the mission to present professional choral music in Québec, Canada and internationally. Ensemble ArtChoral is recipient of the PRIX OPUS Musical Event of the Year 2020.
Ensemble ArtChoral has established Maison symphonique as home for its Montreal concert series and is the professional choir in residence 2023-2027 with Festival Classica and le Nouvel Opéra Métropolitain.
With extensive touring in Canada and Quebec, ArtChoral has provided outstanding choral music to cities and communities in all 10 Canadian provinces. ArtChoral’s annual tour with Handel’s Messiah has become a staple of cultural life in Quebec. The Handel Messiah album with soprano Karina Gauvin was nominated for a JUNO Award.
The choir’s director, Matthias Maute, recipient of two JUNO Awards, has earned an international reputation for his work as artistic director of Ensemble ArtChoral, Ensemble Caprice, the Bach Society of Minnesota and as co-artistic director of the Montreal Baroque Festival.
Ensemble ArtChoral has made over 4,000 professional singer hires since March 2020, engaging more than 150 different professional singers.
Ensemble ArtChoral is co-founder of the annual Mini-Concerts Santé & Mini-Opéras Santé: Since 2020, 12,000 free Mini-Opéras Santé and Mini-Concerts Santé have been delivered «door-to-door» in underserved neighborhoods, to 90,000 children, adolescents, elderly, adults, and families, in more than 100 districts, regions and cities. In 2021, Mini-Concerts Santé musicians from Québec performed in all 10 Canadian provinces. A documentary financed by the Canada Council for the Arts was broadcast by CBC ARTS: Music for Hope
Ensemble ArtChoral is co-founder of Mécénat Musica Prix3 Femmes, dedicated to developing new contemporary operas by emerging Canadian female or non-binary Canadian teams of composers and librettists who demonstrate extraordinary promise in opera creation. The prizes are awarded to teams for original opera compositions in English, in French, a Jewish work and a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous or Person of Colour) work. Since 2018, 11 new operas have been created.
Ensemble ArtChoral is doing a unique project in the world – ART CHORAL - the history of choral singing through six centuries. Works by 50 composers from the 16th to the 21st century, with 11 albums, 11 streaming concerts and 110 video clips, creating a world class digital library of a capella choral music throughout history, in partnership with ATMA Classique, Mécénat Marchand and Mécénat Musica.
Since 2022, ArtChoral Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast provides collaborative choral music to communities across Canada. Also, Ensemble ArtChoral has commissioned 13 female composers to compose choral music, to be recorded and released on ATMA Classique, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
ArtChoral has made over 4,000 professional singer hires since March 2020, engaging more than 150 different professional singers.
ArtChoral is professional choir in residence 2023-2027 with Festival Classica and le Nouvel Opéra Métropolitain (NOM).