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Isabelle Fortier

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Isabelle Fortier

Isabelle Fortier graduated from the Conservatoire de musique de Québec and continued her studies in Toronto and Chicago. She has performed in several orchestras in Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States. In addition to teaching harp at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec and at Cégep de Sainte-Foy, the artist has given numerous recitals-presentations at various music festivals. From 2001 to 2004 she gave performances in elementary schools with her duet Pas de deux for Youth and Music Canada. Isabelle Fortier has been a solo harpist with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec since 2004.

Proposed approach and type of activities


The workshop proposed by Isabelle Fortier aims to help young people discover a little-known instrument: the harp. They will have the opportunity to follow the evolution of one of the oldest musical instruments with the presentation of a medieval harp and the modern pedal harp. Some sound production principles will be examined within the context of the making of a cordophone, a basic harp. By listening to contrasting works, young people will also be invited to identify the role played by music in their lives, both as a means of expression and as a catalyst of emotions. Participants will then play the role of composer and will decide on the various parameters that will make up their work. Finally, the long-awaited moment will arrive: students will get to take turns manipulating the harp strings, either by using the plucked string technique or the rubbed string technique.

Examples of activities

  • Discovery of the history of the instrument.
  • Making of a cordophone.
  • Composition of a musical work.
  • Students play a pedal harp.

Special conditions

For information

Isabelle Fortier
Phone : 418 694-7164
Other phone : 418 609-5591
Email :

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Primary 1, Primary 2, Primary 3, Primary 4, Primary 5, Primary 6

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