FRANCE LEVASSEUR-OUIMET

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Born in Alberta, France Levasseur-Ouimet holds a Masters in French-Canadian Literature, a Ph.D in Education and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Alberta (2018).
She taught at Campus Saint-Jean, U of A from 1976 to 2004 and served as writer in residence from 2004 to 2013.

 Dr. Levasseur-Ouimet has always been a very active member of the Franco-Albertan community. She has completed many historical projects for and with members of the francophone community: historical tours, presentations, workshops, books, radio programs, films, historical brochures, numerous articles, and plays including musical comedies. She has written many songs for franco-albertan artists and choirs including les Chantamis, Mélodies d’amour, Chorale Saint-Jean, Montreal based Artimis and Les Petits chanteurs de Saint-Marc de Lyon.Her song, Parlez-moi was featured on a Radio-Canada recording marking Canada’s 150th birthday. It was written for Les petits chanteurs de Saint-Marc.

Mon clair de lune was sung on July 18th in Quebec City during the Gala Si Québec m’était chantée. Toi moi tout un monde was named the official song of les Choralies internationales 2012. Her Suite of sixteen songs with narration, Elles s’appelaient Marie written for Chorale Saint-Jean was first presented in Edmonton in April 2007 and in Québec in 2008.  Elles s’appelaient Marie has also been sung in Edmonton in 2012 by Les Choralies internationales, in Ottawa in 2015 by le Choeur classique de l’Outaouais, in British Colombia (2013), in Gaspésie (2013) in Bretagne (April 2012) and in Saint-Boniface Manitoba. On June 22 2008, Chorale Saint-Jean and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra presented her composition Je te retrouve during the Gala concert held in honour of Quebec City’s 400th anniversary. In October 2008, Je te retrouve was named the official song of the University of Alberta Centenary. France Levasseur-Ouimet’s composition, J’appartiens/I belong was requested by Chorale Saint-Jean in order to mark Canada’s 150th celebration, The song was also sung during Ottawa’s Choral Festival Unisong in July. Her latest work, a trilogy of songs entitled Mes hivers, was presented in April 2022 by Chorale Saint-Jean.

 
In March 2003, France received the Ordre des francophones d’Amérique by the Conseil supérieur de la langue of the Government of Quebec. In 2008, she received the Regroupement des artists franco-albertains (RAFA) Award of excellence and the ACFA’s Roger Motut Award for her creative work.

J’appartiens (I Belong)

by France Levasseur-Ouimet  arr  Allan Bevan

SATB with piano  –   CP 1502   – duration 4:40
SSA  with piano  –   CP 1524
Regardless of colour or creed, we are all immigrants – one way or another – and we all belong. This stirring anthem goes straight to the heart.

Mes hivers

by France Levasseur-Ouimet, Marie-Josée Ouimet, arr. Erica Phare-Bergh,

1 – Nuit d’hiver – SATB with piano – CP 2045
2 – Fille d’hiver – SATB with piano – CP 2046
3 – Merveilles de l’hiver – SATB with piano – CP 2047
4 – MES HIVERS – (COMPLETE TRILOGY) – CP 2048

France and Erica have created gorgeous choral music about the Winter season. Memorable melodies are enhanced with compelling lines for each singer, approachable intuitive voice leading and sumptuous harmonies. The piano player will appreciate the sparkling accompaniment. Dr. Laurier Fagnan commissioned the trilogy and added it to his collection “La série enchantée“.

Noël existe-t-il encore?

by France Levasseur-Ouimet, arr. Allan Bevan

SATB with piano  $2.75   CP 1798   – duration 6:00
This very thoughtful Christmas composition asks a serious question and gives an affirming answer.
Y’a des gens pour qui Noël n’est plus qu’un lourd fardeau de plus à porter
There are people for whom Christmas is more of a heavy burden than a celebration 

Parlez-moi

by France Levasseur-Ouimet  arr  Allan Bevan

SSA  with piano  –   CP 1217   – duration 4:10
SATB with piano  –   CP 1261
France wrote the poignant melody and text, Allan wrote a masterful choral arrangement. Listen to a young choir from Lyon give it a beautiful rendition.
Speak to me of the sea. Tell me its story so that I may become a sailor.
Speak to me of the prairies. Tell me their story so that I may be able to see beyond the horizon.
Speak to me of the earth. Tell me its story so that I may become its guardian.

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