Me Renée M. Fontaine
Université de Moncton
Centre hospitalier universitaire Georges-L. Dumont
Conseil Économique du Nouveau-Brunswick
Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce
Monique Richard currently serves as Department Head in the Faculty of Music at the Université de Moncton and as a professor of music education.
Her passion for conducting is evident as choral conductor of several notable New Brunswick choirs. These include the Department of Music mass choir, the opera workshop orchestra and chorus and two community ensembles, the professional Choeur Louisbourg which specializes in early music, and Choeur Beauséjour, the celebrated women’s chorus.
Trained as a pianist and music educator and coming from a long choral tradition, Monique went on to complete a Master`s Degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Illinois in 1994 and has just obtained her doctorate in education at the Université de Moncton.
Prior to working at the Department of Music, Monique Richard was Arts and Music Coordinator for the francophone school district in the Moncton area for seventeen years. She was instrumental in bringing the Génie Arts (Arts Smart) programme to New Brunswick schools. Her enthusiasm and vitality for music has led to her being invited to adjudicate several music festivals in N.B., N.S. and in Quebec, and to give choral workshops throughout Canada and in France.
Réjean Poirier studied literature and theatre at the Université de Moncton. His studies completed, he worked in public relations with the Université de Moncton (1968-1971) and with Canadian National (1971-1974). Involved in several cultural activities, he left CN in 1974 to found a cultural production centre, Les Productions de l’Étoile, and the Théâtre populaire d’Acadie of which he was the artistic director during ten years.
In addition to his interest in artistic direction and theatre production, he developed a great passion for the management of cultural enterprises. From 1985 to 1993, he was artistic director and manager of Vancouver’s Théâtre La Seizième. Then, from 1993 to 1995, he worked as a consultant for the Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique to develop a cultural policy for British Columbia’s francophone community.
During the course of his career, he led many workshops and served as a consultant to a variety of organizations, including the Canada Council of the Arts, la Fédération culturel canadienne française, the governments of Manitoba and Alberta, the Ontario Arts Council and the British Columbia Touring Council. He has also been a member of the theatre jury for the Canada Council of the Arts.
Although he worked chiefly in the theatre, Réjean Poirier was and is a devoted lover of classical music and opera. After an absence of ten years, he returned to New Brunswick to found his own company, which specializes in arts marketing and cultural project management. It is in this capacity that he became involved for a period of seven years with the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival.
In 2004-2005 he was engaged by the City of Dieppe to develop, in consultation with the community, the conceptual plan for what would become that city’s Centre for Arts and Culture. Also in 2004, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Acadia, he produced a spectacular period extravaganza, starring musicians, singers, and dancers from Canada and from France. This show was presented at the Montreal Baroque Festival and at the historic Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook. From this event was to emerge the Festival of Early Music, which has had its home base in Sackville for the past ten years. At the same time, he was promoting the concept of a professional choral group and representing Jeunesses Musicales Canada in the Atlantic region since 2006.