12th Annual Colloquium of the Gregorian Institute of Canada
August 10-13, 2017
Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey (QC)

St Benoit

The Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac

The Institute is proud to announce that its 12th Annual Colloquium will take place between August 10th and 13th 2017 at the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac (Quebec).

The colloquium programme focuses on practical workshops in Gregorian chant directed by Jean Pascal Ollivry.

Workshops for beginners led by Jean-Pierre Noiseux, will also be offered.

Dom Richard Gagné, o.s.b., will give a talk on the life and work of his predecessor, Dom Georges Mercure, o.s.b., and on historical recordings of Gregorian chant made between 1936 and 1948 with the monks under Dom Mercure’s direction.

The colloquium will conclude with the celebration of Sunday Mass in the church of Saint-Patrice in Magog, where chant will be performed by colloquium participants.

St Patrice
St-Patrice Church, Magog (QC)


Jean Pascal Ollivry


Photo credit: Jüri J. Dubov

Jean Pascal Ollivry discovered Gregorian chant in 1974. That same year, he took part in the founding of the Chœur grégorien de Paris, with whom he sang for over thirty years in the context of Mass and Office, in concert and on recordings. He was also a member of the Estonian ensemble Vox clamantis during the group’s early years. Jean Pascal has led numerous Gregorian chant training sessions internationally, and has worked with beginners, experienced choristers, and in convents, especially in Norway. Outside of the musical realm, he serves as a French translator of Estonian literature.

Dom Richard Gagné

Photo credit: Jeannot Lévesque

Dom Richard Gagné embraced monastic life in 1976 and is a Benedictine monk at the Abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac. He has served there as Choirmaster since 2003 and also as one of the monastery’s organists. He studied organ and composition at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, in addition to learning improvisation, for the most part with Raymond Daveluy. From 1996 to 2003 he succeeded Dom Jean Claire as Choirmaster of the Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, and served as that institution’s organist starting in 1998.

Jean-Pierre Noiseux

Photo credit: Michel Préville

Jean-Pierre Noiseux became interested in Gregorian chant in 1979, but resolved to deepen his study of plainchant in the early 1990s. In 1994 he founded the Schola Saint-Grégoire de Montréal, an ensemble specializing in the interpretation of different forms of Western plainchant. This ensemble has given numerous performances in Canada and Europe, in both liturgical and concert settings. For the past two decades, Jean-Pierre Noiseux has also engaged in scholarly research on the 19th-century Gregorian chant revival.

Preliminary Program (pdf)

Music for 2017 Colloquium (pdf)

Registration Form 2017 English (pdf)

Institut grégorien du Canada/
Gregorian Institute of Canada
Saint-Benoît-du-Lac, QC

12th Colloquium of the Gregorian Institute of Canada
August 10-13, 2017


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