Erica Phare, Conductor of the Vanier College Choir is Interviewed on Global TV's "This Morning Live"
Erica Phare was once again interviewed on Global TV on February 20, 2008. This time she was promoting the Oratorio Terezin, a mammoth choral work that both she and Vanier are taking a lead role in producing. The performance will be held at Place des Arts on Sunday, May 4th, 2008 at 3pm and will feature the Amati Orchestra and no fewer than 4 choirs; two of Erica's (The Vanier College Choir and The McGill Conservatory Youth Choir) and two under the baton of noted Montreal choral conductor Iwan Edwards (Concerto Della Donna and Le Choeur des enfants de Montréal).
To view a video clip of her interview along with Vanier College Choir member Rebecca Young, click here.


In May, 2005, Erica Phare was interviewed on Global TV's the show "This Morning Live".

You can see Erica's interview as well as the rest of the featurette which spotlighted Vanier's Opera Program.

Click here.



In March 2004, Erica Phare conducted Oratorio Terezin, inspired by the poetry written by children in the Terazine concentration camp, performed in several European cities. The New Streams Children's Choir of Canada was formed specifically for the World Premiere of Oratorio Terezin in Toronto, 2003. Twenty choristers from this 53 voice choir traveled to Europe under Erica's direction of Erica Phare. The children are from age 11 -17 years. The New Streams Children's Choir performed together with the Bratislava Boy's Choir.

Erica Phare Helms Vanier Choristers
To Another Major Competition Victory

In April 2003, the Vanier College Choir conducted by Erica Phare won First Prize in the advanced adult choir category at the ARCIM Choral Festival Competition (Alliance régionale des chorales de l`île de Montréal). The Vanier College Choir had previously won the Special Jury Prize at the 14th Festival choral de Montréal April 13-14, 2002. Congratulations from all of us at Vanier!


Named by the Gazette and La Presse in January 2001 as one of the 40 new Montreal leaders in their domain, Erica Phare obtained a Masters in choral conducting from McGill University under the direction of Iwan Edwards. At Vanier College, Ms. Phare currently directs the mixed voice choir as well as the jazz vocal ensemble in the music department. A specialist in vocal music at the primary and secondary levels at FACE school, she is also the director of the FACE Junior Treble Choir which, in recent years, has won a number of awards at the Montreal Choral Festival (ARCIM). As well as this, she co-directs the FACE Senior Treble Choir with Patricia Abbott.

Originally trained as a pianist, Ms. Phare also conducts the McGill Children and Youth Choir which she founded in 1994. For 11 years, she also conducted the EMSB Junior Chorale (previously the PSBGM). She is in demand as a choral workshop leader and has been on many juries for choral competitions in Quebec, New Brunswick and Manitoba as well as teaching at CAMMAC and McGill summer music camps. Ms. Phare coordinates the music at St. Stephen¹s Anglican Church and arranges choral music of which two of her pieces have been published with Gordon V. Thompson (Warner Brothers).

Nommée en janvier 2001 par The Gazette et La Presse parmi les 40 Nouveaux leaders dans leurs domaines, Erica Phare a obtenu une maîtrise en direction chorale à l'Université McGill sous la direction de Iwan Edwards. Au Collège Vanier, Madame Phare enseigne la chorale des voix mixtes ainsi que l¹ensemble vocal jazz dans le département de musique. Spécialiste en musique vocale au primaire et au secondaire à l'École FACE, Madame Phare est également directrice musicale de la Chorale FACE Treble Junior depuis huit ans, groupe qui s'est vu décerner plusieurs premiers prix au Festival choral de Montréal ces dernières années.

Pianiste de formation et membre du Choeur mondial des jeunes en 1991, Madame Phare dirige le Choeur d'enfants et le Choeur des jeunes de McGill. Pendant 11 ans, elle a aussi assumé la direction de le Chorale junior de la Commission scolaire English-Montréal (anciennement la CEPGM). Elle est très en demande pour animer des ateliers sur le chant choral pour les jeunes et elle a fait partie de jurys pour des concours au Québec, au Nouveau-Brunswick et au Manitoba, en plus d'enseigner pour le Centre de musique CAMMAC. Madame Phare fait partie de l'équipe musicale de l'église anglicane St. Stephen's et se consacre également aux arrangements pour choeurs, dont plusieurs ont été publiés chez Gordon V. Thompson (Warner Brothers).

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