Chœur National des Jeunes in concert June 27, 2015
When creating the Chœur National des Jeunes (CNJ) in 1999, the association « À Cœur Joie » set itself the goals of providing experienced young singers with the opportunity to address a repertoire of the highest standard. With 32 singers, the CNJ performs two artistic programs produced by two directors: Philippe Forget and Filippo Maria Bressan.
One choir, one label
Since 2014, the initials CNJ for Chœur National des Jeunes have become a label and now pan out into a full youth program. Now, « CNJ, l’Ecole », directed by Christine Morel sets out to provide young singers (aged 17 to 23) with further schooling, another possibility for advancement for youngsters who already possess a high level of proficiency and who wish to further hone their vocal skills.
Christine MOREL // CNJ, l’Ecole
A teacher of choral singing and choral direction, she lectures at the CRR de Paris. In 2013, the City of Paris charged her with the mission of introducing and coordinating a wide-scale project entitled « Le Chœur de l’École » (350 school choirs formed, 150 directors recruited).
As choir director, in 2010 she formed « Prismes », which brings together professional solo vocalists and young composers around a project that takes a close comparative look at classical and modern repertoires.
Philippe FORGET // CNJ, le Chœur
A reputed choir director, conductor and also a composer.
As a fervent upholder of the French repertoire, he was invited by the 21st edition of the Choralies to direct the workshop focusing on Poulenc’s Cantate Sécheresses.
Over the 2014-2015 season, Philippe Forget is directing 2 operas at the Lyon national opera house and was recently guest conductor with the Thessaloniki State Orchestra, the Campinas Symphony Orchestra in Brazil and the Orchestre National de Lyon.