The Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes (OPCM) is a Montreal-based music organization known for its fresh, dynamic sound and dedicated to the development, promotion, and advancement of choral music. Comprising a choir of sixty singers, which presents bi-annual concerts alongside an orchestra of emerging young talented musicians, the OPCM strives to be recognized as a premiere youth choir by building its reputation for excellence and innovation locally, provincially and nationally.
The ensemble was founded in 2016 by Francis Choinière and Elie Boissinot. In just a few years, OPCM has reached more than 60 000 spectators and grown into an organization recognized for its unique contribution to choral music in Montreal. This recognition comes in several forms: invitations to sing at world-class venues for classical music by internationally renowned artistic directors; participation in choral music projects involving collaborations with other musical groups working at a professional level and with soloists of the highest caliber working in classical music today.
In 2018, the performance at Carnegie Hall was under the baton of a leading figure in the world of choral conducting, Jean-Sebastian Vallée. Collaborations have featured OPCM and ensured our recognition as one of Montreal's leading ensembles including the performance of "Mass of the Armed Man" at the Lanaudière International Festival in the summer of 2018, directed by established British conductor Stephen Layton. The choir also participated in several live concerts at Montreal's Centre Bell, such as Game of Thrones Live directed by Ramin Djawadi, Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman and Hans Zimmer live concerts.
Francis Choinière is a versatile musician active as a choral and orchestral conductor, concert producer, pianist, composer, and baritone. Francis has collaborated with some of the world’s top international artists having been hired as chorus master and collaborative conductor for concerts with Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, Ramin Djawad, Hans Zimmer and Jonsi & Alex Somers.
Francis holds positions of Artistic Director and Conductor of the OPCM (Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes), L’Ensemble Vocal Trame Sonore, l'Ensemble Classico Moderne, and Conductor of the Choeur Fernand Lindsay for the Festival de Lanaudière collaborating with conductors such as Stephan Layton (Trinity College) and Corrado Rovaris (Philadelphia Opera).
Francis is highly engaged in Montreal’s music scene. He is the co-founder and President of GFN Productions, a production company that presents several high caliber concerts in Montreal’s finest venues such as the Lord of the Rings concert series presented at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Arts with more than 250 musicians and singers on stage.
Francis has received many scholarships and prizes including the prestigious Hnatyshyn Foundation, Christa and Franz-Paul Decker Conducting Fellowship. He has refined his conducting in masterclasses with renowned conductors including Alexis Hauser, Francois Xavier Roth, Yoav Talmi and Colin Metters.
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