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Appointment of New Executive Director of the Canadian Music Competition

Julie Lebel

Montreal, September 3, 2009 — Yolande Cardinal, President of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Music Competition (CMC), is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Lebel as Executive Director.

“Julie Lebel has all the qualities to ensure the continuity and development of the CMC,” explains Ms Cardinal. “I am convinced that her knowledge of the music world and our organization, as well as her professionalism and energy, will be invaluable assets in the pursuit of the CMC’s goals.”

Julie Lebel has been working for the Canadian Music Competition for almost four years now, the last two as Associate General Director.

A graduate of HEC Montréal with a graduate degree in Management of Cultural Organizations and the Université de Sherbrooke (B Mus, piano performance), Julie Lebel was Administrative Director of the magazine Circuit musiques contemporaines published by the Presses de l’Université de Montréal from 2001 to 2006 and Coordinator of Université de Montréal’s Observatoire international de la création et des cultures musicales. She has been a member of a number of boards of directors in the arts and has completed many contracts as a freelancer, for pianist Louise Bessette, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, and DIFFUSION i MéDIA, among others.

Considered a rite of passage in classical music, the Canadian Music Competition is recognized by major educational institutions across the country as indispensable to the study of music. Since its foundation in 1958, the Canadian Music Competition has seen thousands of young musicians cross its stages, including big names of the national and international scenes such as Marc-André Hamelin, Chantal Juillet, Alain Lefèvre, Louis Lortie, Grégory Charles, Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Alexandre Da Costa, to name just a few.

Ms Lebel succeeds Louis Dallaire, who has been appointed Director of the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières. Mr Dallaire worked for the CMC for over 17 years. The President, Ms Cardinal, joins the Board of Directors in thanking him for his years of devotion, and wishes him all the best in his new responsibilities in Trois-Rivières.

News posted Tuesday, September 8, 2009