Rachel Laurin

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Rachel Laurin (born August 11, 1961) is a Canadian organist, composer and music educator living in Quebec.[1]

She was born in Saint-Benoît. Laurin studied organ with Lucienne L'Heureux-Arel [de]. She went on to study at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal with Gaston Arel [fr], Raymond Daveluy and Raoul Sosa. In 1985, she received the McAbbie Foundation scholarship and, in the following year, the Bourse d'excellence Wilfrid-Pelletier. She has performed in Canada, the United States and France. She has received the Conrad-Letendre scholarship five times. From 1986 to 2002, she was assistant organist at Saint Joseph's Oratory. In 1988, she started teaching at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. From 2002 to 2006, she was titular organist at Notre Dame Cathedral in Ottawa.[2][1]

In 2008, she received the Holtkamp-AGO Composition Award. In 2009, she was awarded first place in the Marilyn Mason New Organ Music Competition.[2]

Selected compositions[1][edit]

  • Messe pour les fêtes solennelles Opus 4 (1983)
  • Sonata in F, Opus 7 for organ (1985)
  • Opus 6, no. 1 and 2 for organ (1989)
  • Messe de louange, Opus 15 (1990)
  • Opus 17 for viola, flute, and piano (1990)
  • Opus 18 for chamber ensemble (1990)
  • Scènes Vosgiennes, Opus 16 for organ (1991)
  • String Quartet, Opus 19 (1991)
  • Symphony no. 1, op. 36
  • Quatre Pèlerinages en Lorraine, op. 30
  • Concerto in D for Organ, String Orchestra and Timpani, op. 59


  1. ^ a b c "Rachel Laurin". #REDIRECT The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ a b "Rachel Laurin". Canadian Music Centre.