5th edition – 2022

In 2022, the Lachine International Vocal Academy will take place between June 20th and July 6th. Twenty young singers and 4 collaborative pianists with work intensively on various essential aspects of their musical career, in a non-competitive and constructive atmosphere. Under the supervision of the artistic director of Concerts Lachine, Richard Turp, these 24 young musicians will work intensively on various aspects essential to their profession, with seven music teachers of international renown, including:

  • Lena Hellström-Färnlöf (Sweden)
  • François Le Roux (France)
  • Wolfgang Holzmair (Austria)
  • Liz Upchurch (GB/Canada)
  • Marie-Ève Scarfone (Canada)
  • Olivier Godin (Canada)

Featured activities and workshops include:

    • Voice coaching sessions
    • Lyric diction lessons
    • Performance practice expertise ;
    • Interpretation coaching
    • Master classes, some of which are open to the public
    • Group workshops on a variety of topics including career orientation, development and management

The music teachers and selected participants come from all around the world, from countries including:  

  • Canada; 
  • The United States;
  • France; 
  • Sweden; 
  • Austria; 
  • United Kingdom.


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Participants 2022

Chelsea Abbott, pianist (Université McGill)

Alice Boissinot, soprano (Université McGill)

Marc-Antoine Brulé, tenor (Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal)

Natacha Demers, soprano (Conservatoire de musique de Montréal)

Aneska Diament, soprano (Conservatoire de musique de Montréal)

Chloé Dumoulin, pianist (Conservatoire de musique de Montréal)

Maxence Ferland, tenor (Université McGill)

Wesley Harisson, tenor (Université McGill)

Natasha Henry, soprano (Conservatoire de musique de Montréal)

Justine Hutchison Ledoux, mezzo (Conservatoire de musique de Montréal)

Rawan Ismail, soprano (Université McGill)

Brianna Jones, soprano (Université McGill)

Rebecca Klassen-Wiebe, pianist (Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal)

Philippe Lacaille, baritone (Université McGill)

Evan Lindberg, bass-baritone (Université McGill)

Klara Matel Laroche, mezzo (Conservatoire de musique de Montréal)

Hayley Meth, soprano (Université McGill)

Jérémie Morency, pianist (Conservatoire de musique de Montréal)

Sophie Naubert, soprano (Conservatoire de musique de Montréal)

Emma  Öesterberg, contralto (Sweden)

Odile Portugais, soprano (Conservatoire de musique de Montréal)

Marta Salonen, soprano (Sweden) 

Minna Tägli, soprano (Sweden) 


This program would not be possible without the help of our partners and donors: 

  • Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal
  • Azrieli Foundation
  • JM Canada Foundation
  • Spinelli Foundation
  • PME MTL West Island
  • Soeurs de Sainte-Anne
  • Collégial Sainte-Anne
  • Cognitive Group
  • Other anonymous donors


Once again this year, the Fondation Jeunesses Musicales Canada is proud to support the Quebec artists who are participating in the Lachine International Vocal Academy through the Artist’s Assistance Fund (AIDA Fund).  Indeed, the AIDA Fund Continued >>


Francois Leroux

François Le Roux

François Le Roux began his singing studies with François Loup, then entered the Paris Opera-Studio, where he had teachers Vera Rosza, then Elisabeth Grümmer. He won the “Maria Canals” competition...

RIchard Turp

Richard Turp

Born in Montreal, Richard Turp grew up from the age of 6 in London, UK. Having graduated from London University (Russian Regional Studies and Music), he began vocal studies with...

Liz Upchurch

Liz Upchurch

Pianist and vocal coach Liz Upchurch is one of the most sort after pianists and vocal coaches in Canada. Currently she is in her 12th season as Music Director of...

Lena Hellstrom-Farnlof

Lena Hellström-Färnlöf

Lena Hellström-Färnlöf is a trained singer having graduated from the Göteborg Academy of Music and the Stockholm Opera School. During her singing career, Lena Hellström-Färnlöf, as a soloist, she gained...

Wolfgang Holzmair

Wolfgang Holzmair

Wolfgang Holzmair was born in Vöcklabruck, Austria, and studied at the Vienna Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with Hilde Rössel-Majdan (voice) and Erik Werba (lied). The singer performs in...

Olivier Godin

Olivier Godin

A native of Montréal (Canada), Olivier Godin is pursuing a brilliant career both in Canada and abroad. He works as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach at McGill University. He...