L’EVVV is an official body recognized by the cities of Chambly and Carignan, and is an official member of Alliance Chorale du Québec.
The ensemble exists since 2008 and its principal mission is to make choral music accessible to everybody ; the Ensemble is directed by Mrs Cécile Allemand, choirmaster who is highly qualified and appreciated by all.
The Ensemble gathers circa 60 singers who come from different cities of Montérégie : Beloeil, Carignan, Chambly, Marieville, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Otterburn Park, Richelieu, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Saint-Bruno, etc.
The ensemble oversees and guides the work of the choir Les Jeunes Chanteurs de Chambly, a children choir (children aged 7 to 13 years). In April 2016, they received an award from Fondation Liette-Turner ; in Automn 2016, they won a contest organized by the Radio-Canada radio channel all over Canada. Following this contest, 19 choirs have been selected from more than 80, and Les Jeunes Chanteurs de Chambly was one of them. The choir has recorded a song in the album called « Chœurs d’ici, chansons d’ici », created by the national broadcaster for the 150th anniversary of Canada.
The Ensemble Vocal Via Voce de Chambly interpret a polyphonic repertoire that is very extensive and rich : from sacred chant to songs from all around the world, from gospel to Québec and French songs, as well as classical music and Christmas carols.
The choir stages two major musical productions per year : a Christmas concert and a spring one. The Ensemble offers as well musical performances in residences for seniors and perform during cultural events, such as Les Journées de la Culture and le 375e anniversaire de l’arrivée du régiment Carignan-Salières,…
The Ensemble Vocal Via Voce de Chambly has toured through the Midi in France in Summer 2015 for the 20th International Choral Festival of Provence. In 2013, the choir has participated in the Mondial Loto-Québec de Laval.
The choir is the only mixed choir of the city of Chambly, and is gaining a well-renowned reputation in the Montérégie region.
Cécile Allemand comes from France, and arrived to Québec in 1999. She started as a choir master in 1995, with a choir called Arc-en-Ciel from the À Cœur Joie trend.
After studies in the Conservatoire in Saint-Etienne, in solfeggio and bassoon, she has worked as a choirmaster in collaboration with other directors in France and Québec. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Sherbooke in Québec, specialized in choir direction, taught by Robert Ingari.
She also took singing courses at the l’École du Dévoilement de la Voix in Finland, and sang under the direction of Christiaan Boele with the Vocal Ensemble Soinninkajo that has toured through Europe, the USA and Canada. This Vocal ensemble has recorded four full-length albums between 2005 and 2007.
Since 2001, Cécile Allemand teaches choral singing to different pupils from different schools in Québec. In 2014, she launched a children choir, les Jeunes Chanteurs de Chambly which has been selected in 2017 for recording a song from an album produced by Radio-Canada for the 150th anniversary of Canada.
She also directs several adult choirs and conducts seminars and choral workshops in Québec, France and California.
Cécile Allemand is the co-founder of the Ensemble Vocal Via Voce de Chambly and acts as the artisitic director since 11 years.