Marie-Claire Saindon is a Franco-Ontarian choral composer with a penchant for vivid imagery and a great affinity for setting text. Her experience while studying music at McGill University and Université de Montréal ranges from accompanying dancers, to scoring films, to fiddling in a team of folk musicians on a historical steam train.

Based in Montreal as composer-in-residence for Chœur Adleisia, she runs creative choral/vocal composition workshops, scores films, and teaches fiddle. Recipient of multiple composition prizes, her choral works are published with Boosey & Hawkes, Hal Leonard, Cypress Choral Music, and her film scores can be found on documentaries hosted by CBC Gem and Radio-Canada.


The Composer in Residence program is supported by the Deux Mille Foundation.


Past Composers in Residence

Don Macdonald 2021-2024

Works created:

High Flight
A Fantasy of Carols
Dolcissima Mia Vita
After the Last

Zachary Wadsworth 2018-2021

Works created:

When There is Peace: An Armistice Oratorio
To One Dead
Future Folk Songs
Two Counting Carols
Ring Out!