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Summer school in vocal accompaniment on the piano

Vocal accompaniment on the piano: practical workshops and teaching approaches devoted to the discipline on an international scale

Dates: Monday to Friday, May 10 to 21, 2021, inclusively (10 days, 5 hours per day, including final evaluations) 

Teaching method: Online or in hybrid format (in-class only for students already in Canada, circumstances permitting) 

Schedule: Monday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Montreal time) See the full schedule here.

Organizer: Université de Montréal Faculty of Music 

Language: Bilanguage French-English

Head of the school: Francis Perron, associate professor, vocal coach, head of piano accompaniment  programs, and vice-dean of recruitment, international affairs and interinstitutional relations


The Université de Montréal Faculty of Music is launching a brand-new summer school in piano accompaniment. Offering lectures given by prominent guests and workshops especially designed for pianists eager to familiarize themselves with, or advance their knowledge of, all aspects of the profession of collaborative pianist, this summer school is intended for pianists either already holding a degree or else pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. Participants will have the opportunity to develop valuable tools for dealing with the many situations that their role as collaborative pianist entails. This summer school also aims to make young pianists more aware of career possibilities, to broaden their expertise, and to offer them training of sufficient rigor that they can enjoy success and realize their full potential in what is a competitive environment. 

The total duration of training is 45 hours, and entitles students to three Université de Montréal credits.


The focus of these ten days of lectures and workshops will be on methods of teaching the discipline in question by way of the various traditions – whether the French school, the German or the North American.

Whereas France already boasts a long tradition of teaching piano accompaniment in conservatories, the North American approach is much more recent. The last few years have seen a proliferation of university-level programs designed for this very special discipline. 

The Université de Montréal Faculty of Music piano accompaniment Summer School offers an approach that sits at the crossroads of European tradition and North American innovations. 

To ensure diversified, top-quality teaching, we will be relying on the presence of international experts and Canadian colleagues.

Guest teachers and lecturers

Sight reading

Pascal Le Corre, professor of chamber music at Pôle supérieur d’enseignement artistique Paris Boulogne-Billancourt (PSPBB); academic advisor at PSPBB; specialist in neuro-linguistic programming and sight reading

Lyric diction applied to piano accompaniment

Laura Loewen, vice-dean of undergraduate studies, associate professor of collaborative piano and of lyric diction (French, German, Italian and English), and vocal coach at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music 

Steven Philcox, associate professor, vocal coach and head of collaborative piano studies at the University of Toronto

Accompaniment of great art-song cycles

David Selig, professor of accompaniment at Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris and Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse de Lyon

Injury prevention and physical health

Michael Shannon, pianist, conductor and musical director 

The orchestral piano

Liz Upchurch, pianist and vocal coach, music director of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio


Conditions for admission to the Summer School:

Hold a university degree or be pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate in piano or the equivalent


  • Applications from Université de Montréal students: credit course with no additional charge
  • Applications from Québec students at one of the universities listed here: credit course with no additional charge
  • Applications from Canadian or international students enrolled at Université de Montréal partner institutions (see list here): credit course with no additional charge
  • All other applications: $475

To submit your Summer School application:

Kindly fill out this form and send it by email to Miguel Angel Codes Alberola. You must include in your application:

  • A short biography and a letter of motivation
  • A link to an audio or video recording of two accompanied pieces (sonata movement, art song, and so on)
  • A link to an audio or video recording of a piece for piano solo

Please note that there will be no charge for the submission of applications.

Information: Francis Perron 

Resource person

Miguel Ángel Codes Alberola
International Mobility Coordinator
514 343-6111, ext. 41839
Office B-510