Christine Harel

Christine Harel, mezzo-soprano and artistic director


Photo: Valérie Desjardins

Christine Harel played baroque recorder and studied early music at the Université de Montréal and in The Netherlands before completing her studies in voice, music education and choral direction at McGill University. With a love for ensemble music, she has sung with several professional Quebec choirs and performed as a soloist in numerous productions.

As a social artist, she finds her true inspiration in collective creations. One of her more recent projects, “Bachtotango,” produced in collaboration with Quartango and presented at festivals in Orford (2005), Lanaudière (2006) and at the Domaine Forget (2007), earned an Opus Award. She was also artistic director of the Ensemble vocal d’Outremont for 15 years, a journey where creativity, teaching and performance blended into a veritable polyphonic passion. She continues her career as an educator through her teaching of singing.


For a song, 2001, National Film Board of Canada

This documentary opens the door to the magnificent world of choral music, a world inhabited by exceptional beings with the capacity to experience joy from a single musical note. They sing anywhere and everywhere: at the wheel, in the shower, even in the kitchen. But above all, they sing together, men and women of all ages and various backgrounds, transformed by the radiant glory of song and united under the banner of L’Ensemble vocal d’Outremont.