The term Manecanterie comes from the Latin mane, morning, and cantare, to sing. In the past this manicantaria was attached to a parish and trained the children in religious singing and altar service. The Little Singer of Paris School Choir is composed of two choirs; a treble choir and a mixed voice choir.
The Artistic Team
The artistic team is made up of choirmasters and singing teachers.
Master of the music
Hugo Gutierrez belongs to the tradition of organists and orchestra conductors. He has received the teaching of masters such as Sergiu Celibidache, Raoul Rivera, Jean-Paul Imbert, Paul Denais, Françoise Levéchin, Pierre Narcisse Doury and Narcisse Bonnet.
He studied conducting, the organ, improvisation, ancient music, Gregorian chant, composition, orchestration and analysis and graduated from the Schola Cantorum in Paris and graduated as Graduate "honneur" of the International Competition of UFAM in Paris. His preferred genres are oratorio and sacred music and he has been invited to conduct works such as Handel’s Messiah and Requiem; Mozart’s Masses, Bach’s Masses and Magnificat; Haydn’s Requiem and Masses; Mendelssohn’s Psalms; and Bruckner’s Requiem and Motets.
As Artistic Director of The Little Singers of Paris he also conducts the Girl’s Choir at Autun Cathedral Choir School. His work has evolved around the natural particularities of children's voices. His experience and knowledge have led him to a profound reflection on pedagogy, the timbre and colour of girls’ choirs and how it is reflected through Gregorian chant. As organist at Autun Cathedral, his performances on the organ are characterised by a thorough analysis of the work, colourful orchestration and the spirit and touch he has inherited from his masters, maintaining the traditions of the Lemmens School and organ orchestration. He is a fervent interpreter of the works of Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Reger, Franck and Guilmant and his repertoire is enriched with orchestral works which he transcribes for the organ. He composes works for choir the organ and orchestra in a language steeped in Gregorian chant. His concerts have led him to appear as conductor, choir master and organist in France and abroad (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, China, South Korea).
Soloist and vocal technique teacher
After studying Classics and Theatre, Alice Terrenoire received the unanimous jury prize for singing in the class of Maryvonne Jaffré and Christian Papis, as well as the prize for art lyrique (art lyrique prize) in Annie Tasset’s class at the Nantes Conservatoire. She made further progress with the renowned singer Christiane Eda-Pierre and can be regularly be seen performing as soloist or in operatic rôles in works such as Mozart’s Requiem and masses; Bach’s Mass in B minor and Magnificat; Vivaldi’s Gloria; Mendelssohn’s Psalms; Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte ; Poulenc’s Le Dialogue des Carmélites; Messager’s Véronique ; Britten’s The Little Sweep; Le Médium by Menotti, Offenbach’s La chanson de Fortunio and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. The solos for the « Messe Médiévale » by the composor Paul Denais were written for her. She is interested in pedagogy and teaching and has naturally turned towards working with children’s choirs.
After a Masters in musicology at Lyon University, Marie-Noëlle Mougeot continued to study singing and choral conducting. Under Yves Klein she studied pedagogy and conducting childrens’ choirs. Afterwards she joined the Pascal Baudrillart class in choral conducting and completed her vocal technique training under Hubert Humeau. Her experience and teaching skills have led her become increasingly involved with childrens’ choirs. She appears regularly with the vocal quartet Osmo and in solo recitals.
Choir master, singing master
Vincent Caron is a composer, organist and choirmaster. He studied at the Conservatoire de Nantes, then at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, with masters such as Thierry Escaich, Olivier Trachier, Michel Bourcier and Arnaud Pumir. He is Assistant Choirmaster with the Little Singers of Paris. His talent for sacred and liturgical music led to him being named Choirmaster of both the Youth Choir and the Boys Choir at the Autun Cathedrale Choir School. A creative and accomplished musician, he composes vocal and instrumental pieces, and pursues a career as both organist and harpsichordist.
The school choirs
The treble voice choir is a vocal ensemble with distinct harmonic parts singing in the same range. It is made up of primary and secondary school choristers up to the age of twelve. This choir has a reduced number of parts: Sopranos 1 and 2 and Altos 1 and 2. Its characteristics are a lightness and sweetness of sound in the lower registers and very precise notes in the treble. Due to the specific nature of its repertoire, the choir is able to give a highly skilled performance.
Mixed voice choir
The mixed voice choir has a more extensive number of parts than the treble choir: in addition to the Sopranos and Altos there are the Tenors 1 and 2, and Bass 1 and 2. An integral part of the Little Singers of Paris School Choir, it is composed of choristers aged thirteen and fourteen whose voices have broken. The steady pitch and strength of their voices produce a rich and colourful texture.
Academic and artistic life.
All the choristers board during the week in the Maison des Petits Chanteurs, where a family atmosphere reigns and a spirit of mutual support is fostered. It is a peaceful environment in which the choristers can recharge their batteries, blossom and progress throughout their artistic life.
The Little Singers of Paris are taught in specific classes which are fully integrated within the school. All the subjects are taught and the timetable is organised so that the chorister is able to follow the National Curriculum in addition to receiving musical training to a highly professional standard. Since September 2015 each chorister has an electronic tablet which enables him to organise his schoolwork and facilitates his learning, especially on tour. The choristers are accompanied throughout their education and encouraged to achieve their potential; outside of school time they are closely supervised and the House Masters maintain close contact with the school. The teachers are closely involved in the day to day lives of the Little Singers, adapting to their rhythm of rehearsals, concerts and tours.