Located at the heart of the region of which it is named, the Orchestre symphonique de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent is the only major professional classical music company in Montérégie-Ouest. A chamber ensemble composed of 15 to 35 musicians according to the repertoire it covers, its main objective is to produce live symphonic music in a territory that is generally deprived of it. It does so on period instruments, which is in perfect harmony with the historical character of the region. In addition, the Orchestra is an NPO registered as a charitable organization with the CRA and promotes the training and musical development of its public in general and young people in particular.

Since the beginning of its activities, in October 2010, the OSVHSL has performed 16 times in various agglomerations of the Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent. His latest productions bear witness to the quality of his artistic work, his regional roots and his structuring socio-cultural effect, in that they respectively led to the recording of André Gagnon's baroque works by the prestigious ATMA label, in July 2015, when he was nominated at the ADISQ Gala in October 2016, in competition with the OSM, OM and the Violons du Roy in the category "Best Classical Record - Great Symphonic Ensembles and Orchestras", at its participated in the Seigneuriales de Vaudreuil-Dorion since June 2016, at his nomination at the 2017 Opus Awards Gala, in the category "Best Classical Concert - Regions", and in obtaining his first project grants from the CALQ and the CAC, in 2017 and 2018.

What is a "Period orchestra"?

The idea of interpreting the baroque, classical and romantic repertoires on instruments and with ways of playing qualified as "period" — the very ones that were used to create the works of these ancient times — was born about 50 years ago and allowed to dust off how to perform symphonic music.

The most striking features of this "new" approach correspond to a way of playing which is in general softer and more velvety, but also more expressive, and the use of instruments which shapes and construction meet that of past centuries. The balance of sound masses of the orchestra is thereby facilitated.

Thus, for example, the horns and trumpets, baroque and classical do not have the pistons of our modern instruments. This complicates the work of musicians but allows them to use sounds and intensities that the brass of today have lost.

The same remark applies to the woods, including the flute, made?of wood until the nineteenth century.

The use of classical or baroque bows and gut strings instead of steel ones are also a main characteristics of violins, violas, cellos and basses against period.


In this way, the OSVHSL positions itself as a phalanx symphony at the forefront of global trends in terms of interpretation of classical music. Moreover, this vision fits perfectly with the historic character of the Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent.

The Founder

Daniel Constantineau started to learn the music at the age of twelve and has been composing since the age of sixteen. His first musical works are created at the Camp musical de Lanaudière and open him the door of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, which he attends from 1975 to 1985. There he studies theory, composition and orchestra conducting, as well as the clarinet and piano, singing and electro-acoustic composition.

From 1985 to 1987, Daniel Constantineau hones its skills in orchestral conducting with Charles Dutoit and Serge Garant, becoming the only Quebecer to be formed simultaneously by these two masters. Recipient of grants from the Ministère des affaires culturelles du Québec, he participates, during the same period, in internships at Tanglewood, Domaine Forget and Artsperience Conducting Symposium.

During his studies in orchestral conducting, he starts to compose incidental music for television, radio, theater, movie, from which emerges for over 30 years, a catalog of works that stands out for its diversity and its originality.

In September 1996, he founds the Orchestre philharmonique du Grand Montréal, an amateur ensemble of high caliber which obtains an immediate success, until its dissolution, in June 2001. He then takes the reins of the music program of Arts and Letters, at College of Valleyfield, where he teaches history, theory, analysis, choral singing and music-assisted computer, from 2000 to 2013.

In 2003, hearing a Beethoven symphony by the Orchestre révolutionnaire et romantique of John Eliott Gardiner prompts him to join the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in order to receive, in 2004 and 2006, the expert advices of Jeanne Lamon, Ivars Taurins and Bruno Weil about the conducting of ensembles of period instruments.

He completes this training by attending, in the summer of 2011, rehearsals and concerts of the Orchestre des Jeunes Atlantique, a group specializing in the interpretation of classical and romantic symphonic repertoire on period instruments. He then meets Philippe Herreweghe and Lonquich Alexander, renowned musicians in this area.

These experiences encourage him to start up the Orchestre symphonique de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent, an ensemble which plays the classical, romantic and post-romantic repertoire on period instruments and whose first year of operation, in 2010-2011, was crowned success. In October 2015, the release of a debut album ATMA is proving a second major breakthrough.

Alongside his activities as a musician, Daniel Constantineau completes, in 2008, a certificate in journalism at the University of Montreal, following which he acts as a supernumerary editor at Le Devoir, as well as classical music columnist at the 4 @ 6, CIBL Radio-Montreal, from 2007 to 2009.

The sting of studies and the need to take good care of his business prompt him to enroll at École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montreal, where he awards a Masters in Management of Cultural Organizations (MMEC), with mention of excellence, in September 2014.

Daniel Constantineau < website

OSVHSL musicians

Concerts of May 13th and June 7th 2018

Soprano: Marie-Josée Lord
Violins I: Jacques-André Houle (concertmaster), Julie Triquet (June 7th), Natalie Cadotte (May 13th), Simon Alexandre, Noémy Gagnon-Lafrenais, Guillaume Villeneuve, Samuel Hogue
Violins II: Guillaume Villeneuve, Sallynee Amawat, Mélanie De Bonville,
Émilie Brûlé
Violas: Pemi Paull, Jennifer Thiessen, Sari Tsuji
Cellos: Elinor Frey, Marie-Michel Beauparlant
Double basses: Francis Palma-Pelletier
Traverso: Grégoire Jeay
Classical oboes: Joël Verkaïk, Andrew Maruzella
Classical clarinets: Mark Simons, Maryse Legault
Classical bassoons: Karim Nasr, François Viault
Natural horns: Xavier Fortin, Alice Lane Lépine
Classical trumpets: Alexis Basque, Françis Pigeon
Timpani: Vincent Dhavernas

Concert of April 6th, 2018

Violins I: Clemens Merkel (concertmaster), Julie Triquet, Dominic Guilbault, Lizann Gervais, Guillaume Villeneuve, Simon Alexandre
Violins II: Alissa Cheung, Amélie Benoit Bastien, Hubert Brizard,
Noémy Gagnon Lafrenais, Mélanie De Bonville
Violas: Stéphanie Bozzini, Pemi Paull, Anna Atkinson, Jennifer Thiessen
Cellos: Isabelle Bozzini, Elinor Frey, Catherine Perron,
Marie-Michel Beauparlant
Double basses: Francis Palma-Pelletier
, Reuven Rothman

Concert of June 1rst, 2017

Violins I: Olivier Brault (concertmaster), Jacques-André Houle,
Noémy Gagnon-Lafrenais, Guillaume Villeneuve
Violins II: Natalie Cadotte, Sallynee Amawat, Émilie Brûlé
Violas: Valérie Arsenault, Sari Tsuji
Celli: Amanda Keesmaat, Camille Paquette-Roy
Double bass: Francis Palma-Pelletier
Traverso: Grégoire Jeay
Classical oboes: Andrew Maruzella, Joël Verkaïk
Classical bassoons: Karim Nasr, Allen Hamrick
Natural horns: Gabriel Trottier, Simon Poirier
Timpani: Vincent Dhavernas

Concert of April 30, 2017

Harpsichord soloist: Jean-Willy Kunz
Violins I: Chantal Rémillard (concertmaster), Guylaine Grégoire,
Natalie Cadotte
Violins: Sallynee Amawat, Mélanie De Bonville, Émilie Brûlé
Violas: Pemi Paull, Sari Tsuji
Celli: Amanda Keesmaat, Elinor Frey
Violone: Francis Palma-Pelletier
Baroque oboe: Karim Nasr
Baroque trumpets: Duncan Campbell, Françis Pigeaon, Christopher Price
Baroque timpani: Vincent Dhavernas

Concert of June 2, 2016

Violins I: Chantal Rémillard (concertmaster), Tanya Laperrière,
Noémy Gagnon-Lafrenais, Sallynee Amawat
Violins II: Nicole Trotier, Mélanie De Bonville, Sari Tsuji
Violas: Jacques-André Houle, Valérie Arsenault
Celli: Amanda Keesmaat, Elinor Frey
Violone: Francis Palma-Pelletier
Traverso and soloist in Leclair: Grégoire Jeay
Classical oboes: Karim Nasr, Joël Verkaik
Classical bassoons: Michel Bettez, François Viault
Natural horns: Julie-Anne Drolet, Marjolaine Goulet

Concerts of January 10 and July 16, 2015

Fortepiano: Ruxandra Oancea, soloist January 10
Harpsichord: Jean-Willy Kunz, soloist July 16
1rst violins: Tanya Laperrière (solo January 10), Chantal Rémillard (solo July 16), Jacques-André Houle, Noémy Gagnon-Lafrenais
2nd violins: Sallynee Amawat, Mélanie De Bonville, Émilie Brulé
Violas: Frédéric Lambert, Sari Tsuji
Cellos: Pierre-Alain Bouvrette, Amanda Keesmaat
Violone: Francis Palma-Pelletier
Baroque oboe: Matthew Jennejohn, Joël Verkaik
Natural trumpets: 1rst crew -Alexis Basque, Amy Horvey, Frédéric Demers ; 2nd crew - Alexis Basque, Francis Pigeon, Nemo Vendette-Babin
Baroque timpanis: Vincent Dhavernas

Concerts of September 22 and October 6, 2013

1rst violins: Jacques-André Houle (concertmaster), Natalie Cadotte,
Jiwon Kim
2nd violins: Marjolaine Lambert, Mélanie De Bonville, Sallynee Amawat
Violas: Ellie Nimeroski, Bennett Mahler
Cellos: Pierre-Alain Bouvrette (soloist in the Haydn Concerto for cello), Amanda Keesmaat
Double bass: Francis Palma-Pelletier
Classical oboes: Karim Nasr, Andrew Maruzella
Natural horns: Julie-Anne Drolet, Guy Carmichael
Continuo harpsichord: Gili Loftus

Concert of November 4, 2012

Pianoforte: Gili Loftus, soloist
Violins I: Jacques-André Houle (concertmaster), Marjolaine Lambert,
Mélanie De Bonville, Hélène Plouffe
Violins II: Natalie Cadotte, Émilie Brûlé, Jiwon Kim, Sallynee Amawat
Violas: Pemi Paull, Sari Tsuji , Bennett Mahler
Cellos: Pierre-Alain Bouvrette, Amanda Keesmaat
Double bass: Francis Palma-Pelletier

Concerts of June 2012

Classical clarinet: Mark Simons, soloist
Violins I: Olivier Brault (solo), Marjolaine Lambert, Tanya Laperrière, Sari Tsuji
Violins II: Jacques-André Houle, Natalie Cadotte, Émilie Brûlé, Jiwon Kim
Violas: Ellie Nimeroski, Isaac Chalk, Bennett Mahler
Cellos: Pierre-Alain Bouvrette, Amanda Keesmaat
Double bass: Francis Palma-Pelletier

Concerts of March 20 and May 1rst, 2011

Violins I: Julie Triquet (solo), Hélène Plouffe, Clemens Merkel,
Charles-Étienne Marchand, Sari Tsuji
Violins II: Olivier Brault, Natalie Cadotte, Jacques André Houle,
Marjolaine Lambert
Violas: Stéphanie Bozzini, Pemi Paull, Kathia Robert, Jasmine Schnarr
Cellos: Isabelle Bozzini, Pierre-Alain Bouvrette
Double bass: Francis Palma-Pelletier

Concert of Octobre 31, 2010

Violins I: Hélène Plouffe (solo), Julie Triquet, Rachel Jones, Natalie Cadotte
Violins II: Olivier Brault, Tanya Laperrière, Sari Tsuji, Marjolaine Lambert
Violas: Jacques André Houle, Kathia Robert, Stéphanie Bozzini
Cellos: Isabelle Bozzini, Pierre-Alain Bouvrette
Double bass: Nicolas Lessard
Traverso: Grégoire Jeay
Oboes: Graham Saint-Laurent, Josée Marchand
Natural horns: Louis-Philippe Marsolais, Jocelyn Veilleux
Natural trumpets: Stéphane Beaulac, Aline Théry
Bassoons: Anna Marsh, Lise Millet
Timpani: Vincent Dhavernas


Executive and Music Director: Daniel Constantineau < website
Volunteer at fundings activities: Martin Lebœuf

Board of directors

• Denis Ellefsen, Engineer MBA – President.
• Jean-Pierre Gaboury, Lawyer – Vice-President.
• Daniel Constantineau, MMEC-HÉC Montreal, General and Music Director of OSVHSL – Founding member and Trustee.
• Marie Trudeau, Music librarian , CBC – Secretary.
• Toni Rinow, Ph.D. MBA, Finance and Business Officer, Tarmes Capital – Treasurer.
• Sergina Guéry, CEO, ÉvénementCiel – Trustee.
• Martin Lebœuf, Ph.D, Vice-president Groupe PrimaMedic – Trustee.
• Marie-Claude Masson, Communications-marketing – Trustee.
• Émilie Vion, Business optimizer – Trustee.
• Jean-Pierre Leduc, Vice-president director of Valspec – Founding and Honorary member.

Musicians recruiting


The criteria prior to any audition or acceptance within the band are:
• Being member of the Guild of Musicians in Quebec, the FMC or FMA — musicians' salaries being those prescribed by these bodies;
• Having an university recognized education in music — or its equivalent at the Conservatory —, preferably graduate (master's or doctorate);
• Providing experience in professional or university orchestras;
• Since OSVHSL is not confined to historical repertoire, being able to play old and new versions of your instrument (eg drums and timpani modern baroque trumpet / horn with and without pistons, violin / cello / bass baroque / classical and modern with attached bow, etc.) is an asset.
• At equal talent, the hiring of musicians born or living in Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent could be an element of positive discrimination.


The recruitment at OSVHSL is proceeding by invitation. A curriculum vitae, as well as three recent audio clips (CD or mp3) — one of which must be accompanied (piano, fortepiano, harpsichord, organ, orchestra — whatever) — are required. The material must be sent to the following address:

Music Director OSVHSL:

9040, Place de Montgolfier
Montréal (Québec)
H2M 2A1

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