As of January 5, Eve Martin will join the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières as director of the institution. She succeeds Jean-François Latour who is now taking on new challenges at the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec.
The idea of working in a conservatory close to his community and located in the region attracted him. “I grew up in a row in the riding of Portneuf. The call to get out of Montreal was ringing louder and louder at home and when I saw this opportunity present itself, I decided to take the plunge, even though it may have happened earlier than expected in my career. », Says Eve Martin.
She underlines that the situation of the Conservatoire de Trois-Rivières is particularly interesting, in particular by its special position between Montreal and Quebec, but also by its local color.
“It’s a conservatory with a great family spirit and a great team of teachers. They only say good things to me, ”she assures us.
There are also some teaching programs that we do not see in other music conservatories, such as musical writing. The new director was also eager to continue the mission of the talent incubator, set up by Jean-François Latour to promote professionalization. “It’s a wonderful tool that must continue to exist! It is an important lever for preparing young careers. It is also our role to have our eyes turned to the future, ”she says.
For Ms. Martin, the promotion of music must tint the various interactions, both with actors in the regional community and with the faculty.
“I want to promote the discipline with all the players who contribute to it to promote the conservatory. The music has been a little roughed up in recent years. We need to show positive examples so that people have a taste for studying music, ”points out the new director of the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières.
“It’s very active in terms of culture in Mauricie and Center-du-Québec,” she continues. There are economic groups with cultivation tables which are interesting. It’s a super beautiful region to work. The territory is big, but music is one of those mediums that can go far in this territory. “
Ms. Martin wishes to anchor the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières even more in the community, but also to make it shine even more in the territory in the promotion of music.
A graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Québec in classical singing, Eve Martin also pursued graduate studies in the management of cultural organizations at HEC Montréal. Music, education and youth have always guided his choices throughout his professional career.
“I started teaching during my years at the conservatory. I saw how formative it is. I like the relationship we establish with the students, she says. This is how I found out that I might do music contracts, but I also saw that I liked teaching. But I also wanted to have levers to act in music on the management side, hence my decision to study at HEC. I felt I had a certain outlook, in part due to my training as a musician. My musical training allowed me to develop a lot of skills that I transferred to the management positions I have held. ”
Her mission is to show that having a musical background can only be beneficial. “Your musical training makes you a different person from your colleague next door, whether it’s in your way of seeing the world or analyzing it. I want to reassure young people in their desire to go to music, reassure parents of the benefits of such a choice, ”she argues.
She does not believe that the pandemic will complicate the recruitment of future students of the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières.
“Yes, it can be difficult to have a career as a musician. The pandemic situation has made people realize the importance of doing what they love, which feeds them deep inside. I see people who decide to come back to music after making a more cerebral choice. We have an approach that may have meaning for some people, ”comments Ms. Martin.
“We have to inspire our students, show what a career as a musician can be. It doesn’t just happen in an orchestra. You can start your own ensemble if you have the entrepreneurial spirit. We have some very fine Quebec chamber music ensembles that have an international reputation. There are also great possibilities for young audiences. Maybe we don’t put enough emphasis on the different ways of experiencing music. It is all the more relevant to do so in the current era, ”she concludes.