Loïc Chevalier 

Artistic Director

Loïc Chevalier is a certificated teacher of artistic training specialising in choral direction. He also holds a National Diploma in musical accompaniment and a diploma for completion of the third level of singing.

 

Teacher at the conservatory of La Roche-sur-Yon since 1983, he was first of all accompanist for the singing and instrumental classes then choral director. He created the three choirs which he now directs: a male-voice choir, a female ensemble for equal voices and a chamber choir for mixed voices. For several seasons he has directed “OCARYV”, an orchestra for amateurs drawn from adult students at the conservatory.

 

He learned choral direction at the Centre for Polyphonic Art in Alsace with Erwin List and Benoît Haller (musical director at La Chapelle Rhénane). He was also privileged to work with Toni Ramon (former Director for the Maîtrise (Children’s Choir) of Radio France).

 

For 15 years, he directed the Choeur Allegro in Cholet.

 

During this time, he gave a number of concerts nown as “Springtime for Organ” in Maine-et-Loire, accompanied on the organ by Michel Bourcier, Henri-Franck Beaupérin, Gilles Villari, Marc Chiron or Philippe Chevalier.

 

He created and directed an orchestra to enable a choir to perform great works such as: Fauré’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, the Mass in G by Schubert, the Messe de Minuit by Charpentier, and a Haydn Symphony.

 

In 2010, he gave two concerts with Rhoda Scott.

The same year, he enjoyed the privilege at La Roche-sur-Yon of preparing the Children’s Choir at the conservatory to sing St Matthew’s Passion with La Chapelle Rhénane directed by Benoît Haller.

 

He also prepared the chamber choir for Cosi Fan Tutte directed by Francois Bazola at the national theatre of the "Grand R" in La Roche-sur-Yon.

 

As teacher of the singing class for more than 20 years, he has had the benefit of advice on technique from several signing teachers, notably Marie-Thérèse Boiton-Rivoli, wife of the great orchestral conductor, Gian Franco Rivoli.

 

He is invited each year with his choirs by Valérie Fayet to work with students in her class for directors at the conservatory of Nantes.

 

He has been teaching choral direction since 2011 at the conservatory of La Roche-sur-Yon.

Florence Collin 

First violin and Orchestra leader 

Florence Collin studied music at the National Conservatory for the Region of Nantes where, between 1985 and 1992, she was awarded four Gold Medals. She went on to perfect her technique with famous violinists and teachers such as Stefan Gheorghiu, Jean-Pierre Wallez and Christophe Poiget.

Success in obtaining her National Diploma for violin in 1996 enabled her to teach at the National Conservatory for the Region of Nantes. After achieving Professorship, she was engaged by the National School of Music at Quimper, then by the Departmental Conservatory at La Roche-sur-Yon, where she is currently based. Between 2002 and 2009, she was also professor-tutor and director of dissertations at the CEFEDEM Brittany- Pays de la Loire.

In addition to her activities as a teacher and composer (she has been a member of the Société des Auteurs Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique – SACEM – since 1994), she has 

performed in several, varied musical formations with both the National Orchestra of the Pays de la Loire and the Symphony of Vendée.

Between 2002 and 2016, she was the leader of the second violins with the Orchestral Ensemble of La Baule, conducted by Jean-Christophe Ferreaux. With this ensemble she was able to play in the Salle Gaveau in Paris, in Tunis, Marrakech and Casablanca, and has accompanied distinguished solists including Brigitte Engerer, Patrice Fontanarosa, Olivier Charlier, Henri Demarquette, Gary Hoffman, Anne Gastinel, and Véronique Gens.

Florence Collin is equally fascinated by the links between music and visual art. What is more, she is the holder of a Bachelor's Degree in the History of Art obtained in 1995 at the University of Lille advancing to a Doctorate in Musicology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 2006 (thesis entitled « The parallels between music and visual arts in the writings of Francis Poulenc: an original approach to the creation and perception in music », for which she was awarded the special mention of Excellent with the congratulations of the awarding body).

Since 2007, she has regularly organised concert-conferences, primarily at the Conservatory and at the Museum of la Roche-sur-Yon.

She has had several articles published, including  several in les Actes du Séminaire doctoral et post-doctoral « Music and Visual Art » of the Sorbonne, in the review Paon d’Héra and in les Actes du Colloque International « Music and visual art: the translation of one art form into another » which took place at the Sorbonne in May 2008. 

With another string to her bow, she is regularly asked to write the musicologist’s notes in the programmes for the concert season of the Philharmonic of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. 

La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendée, Pays de La Loire, France

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