The Musical Director

Simon Fournier

Simon Fournier is a Conservatoire de musique du Québec and McGill University graduate in singing and musical composition. From recital to opera and operette, from musicals to contemporary music, the eclectic career of this former member of the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal and of La Bande Magnétik has an eclectic took him everywhere throughout Canada and across Europe.

A Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec scholar in 2000, he made his solo début in Paris in Mozart's Requiem with Roumanian Philharmony Orchestra. He was back in Paris the following year, presenting excerpts of the opera Electric Flesh by Wende Bartley at the Salon de la Musique of La Villette. In 2001, critics pointed out his vocal power and scenic presence when he appeared at the Opéra de Montréal in Kopernikus by Claude Vivier. He is of recordings of Hommage à Frank Zappa conducted by Walter Boudreau, of the Via Crucis by Liszt on the Fidelio label, as well as Noël en Nouvelle-France on the Novalis label.

As a choral conductor, he is the current Artistic Director of the Chœur de chambre Tactus, of the Chœur Radio Ville-Marie and of the Opéra bouffe du Québec. He also took part of CDs by Marie-Denise Pelletier and the Cirque du Soleil, as well as an Imax film soundtrack by Michel Cusson. He is assistant to the Musical Director of the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal and teaches at the Père Lindsay musical Summer camp. He taught at CAMMAC, and was rehearsal conductor at the Petits Chanteurs de Laval from 2005 to 2010.

He is also seen on the theater stage. He was of the cast of Âmes Sœurs, a children's play presented in France and Belgium in 2005–2006. In 2009, he worked with the SMCQ in Montpellier and Paris, where he recorded with Radio-France, and where he went back in 2010 for a Franz Zappa concert. More recently, he took part in the Chants Libres anniversary concert at the Monument National.

The Founder

Francois Ouimet

François Ouimet is a multi-talented musician: choir conductor, teacher, guitar player and musical arranger, he is at ease with styles as varied as Renaissance music, jazz, Gospel and contemporary music.

He conducts the University Chorus of the McGill Schulich School of Music.

In the midst of the 1998 ice storm, he founded the Chœur de chambre Tactus, which he led until Summer 2011. He also conducts the vocal ensemble Les Voix Ferrées. Those two groups have won prizes and made numerous appearances on radio and television.

He is often asked across Canada to conduct and give talks and masterclasses on choral singing. Over the last few years, he has been co-director of the Cammac summer camp and he taught music history at the Thomas More Institute. François Ouimet has a Master's degree in choral conducting.

In the Summer of 2011, after 14 years at the helm, François Ouimet retired from Tactus.