Francis Poulenc Chamber Choir / Tours
The Francis Poulenc Chamber Choiramateur singers and students from Tours and Region Touraine Val de Loire. Choral singing, vocal music, rehearsals and concerts are the components of singer's musical training. Our ensemble allows them to practice and make music at a high level.
Since 2005 the Tours Chamber Choir and Symphonic Choir is conducted by Pr. Pierre Louis Godeberge.
Pierre Louis Godeberge Choral director, conductor and singer
Hailing from a family of musicians, Pierre Louis Godeberge learned to play transverse flute under Gaston Crunelle and Philippe Gauthier at the Conservatoire du Xe arrondissement of Paris. After studying musicology at Paris IV-Sorbonne University, he studied conducting with Jean-Claude Hartmann at the Conservatoire of Evry, Pierre Dervaux (Paris) and Constantin Bugeanu in Bucharest. He studied lyrical singing under Gabriel Bacquier, Marie-Claire Cottin (Paris) and German Lied interpretation under Paul von Schilhawsky in Salzburg (Austria).
Since the late 80′ he began studying choral conducting at National Music School of Créteil under Paul de Plinval and Stéphane Caillat in Paris, Konrad von Abel (Sergiu-Celibidache Stiftung), Pierre Cao and Catherine Simonpietri at the Institut Européen de Chant Choral (InECC, Metz) and at the Conservatoire of the Grand Duché of Luxemburg (L).
As a singer, he has performed in several choirs in Paris, in the opera choruses of Metz, Tours and Toulouse. He has also sung recitals (first performance of José David's Chansons Vendéennes). As a conductor, he was Nicolas Brochot's assistant in J. Offenbach's Les Bavards (1991) and musical director of the musical show « Les Voix du Sérail», directed by Michel Giès, created and presented by Ève Ruggieri (Festival de Carpentras, 1992).
After being awarded a scholarship from the Robert Shaw Choral Institute (Ohio/USA), both as a singer and choirmaster, he went to the USA on several occasions between 1994 and 1997, thus being advised and conducted by Robert Shaw as part of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers both in France (Souillac/Quercy) and in New York City (Carnegie Hall). Under Robert Shaw's direction, he also made two records dedicated to Twentieth Century European and American Choral Music. Both records were awarded a ‘Diapason d'Or' in 1995.
1999 he founded The Groupe vocal Gymel in Paris (www.gymel.org)
Pierre Louis Godeberge was also responsible of Choral Conducting at the Department of Music and Musicology of the François-Rabelais University of Tours and at Conservatoire National de Région of Tours.gives training courses and workshops in choral conducting at the Cepravoi-Région Centre and at “Les Voix de l'Aure-Orphéon” in Bayeux (Normandy). He teaches also yearly themed workshops in choral singing (Serge Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil opus 37 in Paris and Tours in 2011-2012). In 2012, he was invited as guest conductor by the Glendale Concert & Chamber Singers, Los Angeles (USA).
Pierre Louis Godeberge was the secretary of Institut Français d'Art Choral (French Institute for Choral Singing) and administrator of the Société Française des Chefs de Chœur (French Choral Directors Association).He is a member of the Choralies-A Coeur Joie (French Choir Conductors Association) and of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).
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