The HEM chamber choir is one of the school’s permanent ensemble. It enables selected students in the university’s Vocal Department to practice a demanding choral repertoire that requires confirmed technique and vocal quality.
As one of the projects in the ‘artistic community’ formed by all those involved in the school’s musical life – students, teachers and guest artists – the Grand Choir initiates independent artistic projects and takes part in productions by such institutions as the Orchestre de la Suisse romande and the Geneva Chamber Orchestra. It also takes part in major projects by the school’s Orchestral Instruments Department.
Historically, the choral tradition has always been particularly important at the HEM. The Chamber Choir, a successor to the Higher Geneva Conservatory Choir and conducted by Michel Corboz for many years, made a name for itself by performing major works from the choral repertoire so dear to Corboz.
After he left, two new groups were created: the Grand Choir (made up of students from all the university disciplines), conducted by Véronique Carrot and later Nicolas Farine, and the Chamber Choir (for students at the university’s Vocal Department), conducted by Michel-Marc Gervais and later the Brazilian conductor Celso Antunes.
Conductor of the Chamber Choir