Rachel Laurin

Performing Friday, July 7, at 2:30 PM

Saint-Hyacinthe Cathedral

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Rachel Laurin was born in l96l, in St-Benoît des Deux-Montagnes, Province of Québec, Canada. Between 1986 and 2006, she was Associate Organist at St-Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal (1986-2002), and Titular Organist at Notre Dame Cathedral, Ottawa (2002-2006). She now devotes herself to composition, recitals, master-classes and lectures.

She has performed organ recitals in major cities in Canada, the United States and Europe, and has made more than twelve recordings on Motette, Musicus, Musicus/Fidelio, Analekta, SRC (Radio-Canada), Riche Lieu, DJA, BND, and Raven labels. Rachel Laurin is well known as an improviser, and she has had many opportunities to teach this art in many schools including the Montreal Conservatory, the Summer School of Sacred Music in Épinal, the Summer Institute of Church Music, Whitby, ON, and in many workshops and academies in Canada and USA. She is regularly invited as a “Distinguished Guest Artist” in Universities and visited among others Yale University (New Haven, CT), Baylor University (Waco, TX), Syracuse University (NY), Kansas City University (MO), St. Thomas University (Minneapolis, MN), St. Olaf College (Minneapolis, MN), Mount Royal College (Calgary, AB), University of Alberta (Edmonton).

Rachel Laurin is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre since 1989, and “House Composer” at Wayne Leupold Editions since 2006. She has composed more than a hundred works for various solo instruments, voice, instrumental ensembles, choir, and orchestra, including a piano Concerto and a Concerto for organ, string orchestra and timpani. Her compositions are recognized internationally and have been performed and recorded on the five continents. Rachel Laurin has won many awards, including the « Prix Conrad-Letendre », the Holtkamp-AGO Composition Award 2008, and the first Prize in the Marilyn Mason New Organ Music Competition 2009. Her works are published by Doberman, Éditions du Nouveau Théâtre Musical, RCCO Music Publications (Canada), Europart (France), Hinshaw Music/Fred Bock, and Wayne Leupold Editions (USA).

A feature-length program devoted to her work as a composer and organist, titled “Rachel’s Children”, was broadcast by American Public Media’s PIPEDREAMS presented by Michael Barone, in October 2012. Rachel Laurin composes almost exclusively on commissions and has always a work in progress: she has just completed her Volume 5 of Twelve short Pieces, which provide a total of sixty solo organ pieces, including  the four first volumes already published. As a near future Premiere, the “Chant pour un Québec lointain” for voice and piano, on a poetry book by Madeleine Gagnon presents fourteen melodies in three cycle, to be Premiered in Montreal during the fall 2017. As a performer, she also works on the recording project of the four last organ Sonatas by Raymond Daveluy.

Rachel Laurin is a member of the “Comité d’Honneur de la Fédération Francophone des Amis de l’Orgue” (FFAO) since 2016.

For more informations, visit www.rachellaurin.com

Rachel Laurin, February 2017

​​July 1–7, 2017

1er  au 7 juillet 2017


Presented by / Présenté par


Northeast AGO,

RCCO, & CIOC


l'AGO région du Nord-Est,

le CRCO et le CIOC












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