Jean-Louis Bleau

BA (Music), M.Mus (Choral Conducting)

Artistic Director, Mount Royal Choral Program
Choral Faculty; Director, MR Artio
Interim Director, Conservatory


Jean-Louis Bleau has been involved in the Calgary and area arts scene for a number of years, organizing numerous concerts and music festivals while maintaining a successful career as a choral conductor. In addition to his role as Interim Director of Mount Royal Conservatory, he is the artistic director of Choral Programs where he also directs Mount Royal Artio. A sessional Instructor at the University of Calgary, Bleau directs the University of Calgary Chamber Choir.

Bleau's passion for music, especially choral music, is evident through his unique and expressive conducting style, and his enthusiastic approach to rehearsals. He is known for asking his choirs to engage difficult music, always seeking to push the members past their perceived limitations in order to produce music which - while challenging - is ultimately very rewarding.

Bleau has always sought to push the boundaries of choral music and the concert experience through unique collaborations and concert events. This has resulted in performances around a lake in the heart of Kananaskis and concert events in a planetarium, parking garages, an industrial shop and even a swimming pool. He has worked to collaborate not only with other choirs but also a variety of musicians, choreographers, dancers, synchronized swimmers and aerial gymnasts.

When not engrossed in music, Bleau can be found with his partner on their farm northwest of Calgary enjoying the mountain views and the quiet peace of the country.