The director

Bruno Dufresne

Bruno Dufresne succeeds Norman Robert and Francois Monette as Musical Director of Ensemble Vocal Extravaganza for its 15th season. Born in Joliette, Bruno Dufresne spent the majority of his musical study at the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières. He later continued at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières where he studied Music Education, Vocal Performance – Classical and Computer Science. In addition, he studied conducting with Gilles Auger at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec and for many years was the conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Francheville and l’Orchestre à cordes du pré-conservatoire de musique in Trois-Rivières.

Pursuing a dual career as a teacher and player of the French horn, he was a member of the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières as well as freelancing in various regional orchestras (Orchestre de la Montérégie, Orchestre de Laval, etc.).

It's when he became director of the Chœur de filles de la Maîtrise de Cap-de-la-Madeleine, that he developed his passion for choral singing.

He also directed the Ensemble vocal Joseph-François Perrault which in a short time has become one of the best youth choruses in Canada. With this chorus, he has received several awards, including second place in the prestigious Concours des chœurs d’amateurs de Radio-Canada in 2000 and 2002.

Since 2002, Bruno Dufresne has directed Les Voix De La Montagne choir.

In addition to devoting himself to choral conducting, Mr. Dufresne has composed or arranged several works. His main compositions are: l’Enfant, l’oiseau et l’arbre, A Wedding Triptych (Ave Maria, Magnificat and Regina Coeli), le Vaisseau d’or and most recently, the Stabat Mater Speciosa.