College of Europe Alumni Awards Ceremony 2008, European Parliament, Brussels

Following her piano studies at the French National Conservatory of Music of Clermont-Ferrand, France (1994-2000), Marie-Hélène trained in choral conducting and voice studies at the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Florida Atlantic University, USA (2000-2001) with Dr Patricia Fleitas. There she also was piano accompanist to Dr Eric Thomas‘s voice studio, occasionally playing for the College symphony orchestra. She then continued vocal training at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Belgium (2006-2008) in the class of Ludovic de San and later Marianne Pousseur.

Besides participation in numerous choral performances in Europe and the US, Marie-Hélène had the chance to sing as a soloist in prestigious venues such as the cathedrals of Bruges, B and Gdansk Oliwa, PL, and the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome. In the spring 2008, she took part in her first opera performance with the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Ravel), directed by Marianne Pousseur and Enrico Bagnoli.

In 2009-2010, Marie-Hélène was invited to conduct the choir of the La Cambre abbaye in Brussels; there she occasionally performed as a soloist. While living in Brussels, she also performed at the Eglise protestante de Bruxelles.

Now based in Paris, Marie-Hélène occasionally sings at Saint-Lambert de Vaugirard, teaches voice and piano and gives conferences.

Besides voice and the piano, Marie-Hélène plays the clarinet. She indeed considered essential to learn a second instrument and discover orchestra practice. She’s been playing with her hometown orchestra since 1992. Despite long absences while living abroad, she remains quite attached to her orchestra in Saint-Flour, in Haute-Auvergne.


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