Jean-Charles Côté

 

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A bursary recipient of the Desjardins Foundation for his academic excellence,

Jean-Charles Côté holds Master’s Degrees in Choral Conducting from Université de Sherbrooke and in Composition from Université Laval, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Education from the University of Ottawa. His passion for composition led him to complete numerous works for instrumental ensembles and choirs, including several arrangements of francophone folk songs and popular hits in Quebec. His pieces, appreciated across Canada, are attracting more and more attention from musicians and conductors. Jean-Charles presently teaches music at the elementary level in the Eastern Townships, as well as conducting choirs in the Montreal region. He previously conducted in Ottawa and Vancouver. He also sings professionally with the Quebec Chamber Choir. At New York’s Carnegie Hall in March 2015, this choir performed his composition, Flaques de soleil (“Puddles of Sunshine”).

Ça va venir   arr. by Jean-Charles Côté


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1423    
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:55

Mary Rose-Anna Bolduc, née Travers, was a singer of French Canadian musician. She was known as Madame Bolduc or La Bolduc. During the peak of her popularity in the 1930s, she was known as the Queen of Canadian Folksingers. Jean-Charles has given a very convincing rendition of a Canadian classic.



Phonetic guide


La Bolduc had a specific way of pronouncing some French words or syllables. The following phonetic guide will be helpful in assuring a more authentic interpretation.


In general, the r’s are rolled.


The vowel “a” is a more open [ɔ] in the followings words:  va, Y a, pas, m’a, cassées. The “a” is also open [ɔ] in the last syllable of those words: Canada [kanadɔ], États [etɔ], extra [ɛkstrɔ], estomac [ɛstɔmɔ].

in the word “moi”, the vowel combination “oi” is pronounced [we] or like the English word “way” [mwe].  It is an open vowel in the words “avoir” [avwɛr] and “boîte” [bwɔɛt].


Some words are pronounced differently than written: “gouvernement” [guvarnəmã], turluter [tərlyte], disconnectée [diskɔnɛkte].

 

Boursier de la fondation Desjardins pour l'excellence de ses résultats académiques, Jean-Charles Côté cumule les diplômes. Il détient une maîtrise en direction chorale de l'Université de Sherbrooke, un baccalauréat et une maitrise en composition de l'Université Laval et un baccalauréat en éducation musicale de l'Université d'Ottawa. Sa passion pour la composition l’amène à réaliser de nombreux arrangements et compositions pour chœurs et ensembles instrumentaux. On compte plusieurs arrangements chorals de chansons folkloriques et populaires francophones dans son répertoire. Ses œuvres, interprétées à travers le Canada,  attirent de plus en plus l’attention du public, des musiciens et des chefs de chœur. Jean-Charles Côté enseigne la musique au niveau primaire dans les Cantons de l’est. Il dirige des chœurs dans les régions de Montréal, Ottawa et Vancouver. Il chante à titre de choriste professionnel dans le Chœur de Chambre du Québec. Il a foulé les planches du prestigieux Carnegie Hall de New York (États-Unis) où le Chœur a fait la création de sa composition Flaques de soleil en mars 2015.