for the Musicians' Portrait Project.
Anne Massicotte was born in Québec City and grew up in Trois-Rivières.
She studied clarinet at the Conservatoire de Trois-Rivières with Wilfrand Guillemette and subsequently graduated from the Conservatoire de Québec with a Prix de Conservatoire in clarinet and chamber music in 1980. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 1979, 80 and 81, working with Yona Etlinger and James Campbell. She was a member of the Orchestral Training Program at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto in 1981, and of the Orchestre des Jeunes du Québec in 1982. Anne then obtained her B. Ed. and B.F.A. from York University in Toronto, in 1985.
She founded two chamber music groups – Trio a Vent, Chalumeau Quintet -- and toured throughout Central and Northern Ontario under the sponsorship of Jeunesses Musicales in 1986. At the same time, she hosted the Cushion Concerts, a children’s concert series, at Roy Thomson Hall, also sponsored by Jeunesses Musicales.
As a music educator, Anne has now been teaching in the Toronto District School Board for 25 years. Her keen interest in children`s choirs has led to numerous Kiwanis Festival first place awards, and in 2010, her public school choir placed second in the Ontario Music Festival Association Provincial Finals. Her choirs also sing regularly at Toronto Blue Jays games and at the Toronto School Board’s annual spring festival concerts at Massey Hall. Anne conducted the Riverdale Young Singers from 2003 to 2005.
Anne is a regular choral and recorder teacher at Canadian Amateur Music Association (CAMMAC) camp on Lake MacDonald in Québec. She has now traded the clarinet for the alto recorder and is exploring the repertoire of the Baroque period. Anne plays a hand-made recorder, an Aesthé, by Jean-Luc Boudreau of Montreal.
Anne and Ed Nixon (a.k.a Photodocs) are raising 2 teenage sons.