Joseph Rouleau, C.C., G.O.Q. (Chairman)
Joseph Rouleau is one of the world’s foremost operatic basses. Over a long career he has sung major roles with every major opera company. He has always been a tireless advocate for lyric art and young musicians in Canada. A Founding member of MAALQ (Mouvement d’action pour l’art lyrique du Québec) he was instrumental in the establishment of Opéra de Montréal in 1980. He later became president of Jeunesses Musicales du Canada and a jury member for the first Montreal International Music Competition. Winner of prizes including the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, and honours including ‘Companion’ and ‘Grand Officer’ of the Order of Canada, Mr. Rouleau now sits on the Board of Directors for the McGill Chamber Orchestra and retains his position as President of JMC.
Sharon Azrieli, soprano, has performed in Europe, Israel and throughout Canada and the United States. Her operatic roles cover a broad range, with particular emphasis on Verdi heroines, while her recitals have covered artsong to Broadway. As Montreal’s first female cantor, Dr. Azrieli developed a particular interest in Jewish music and its influence on the canon of the western classical tradition. She completed a doctoral thesis on this topic at the Université de Montréal in 2011. Dr. Azrieli sits on the board of directors of the Azrieli Foundation, the Azrieli Group, and is the President of the Board of Directors of the McGill Chamber Orchestra.
David Sela is the Founder and President of COPAP Inc., a pulp and paper trading company based in Montreal. A passionate amateur musician (both violinist and choral singer) Mr. Sela has performed with both the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. His passion for the arts has extended into his work in the philanthropic world and he has served on many artistic boards including I Musici de Montreal (President), L’Institut Canadien d’Art Vocal, and L’Orchestre de la Francophonie.
Barbara Seal, C.M.
A former citizenship judge, and long-time city counsellor for Hampstead, Barbara Seal has long invested her energy in community leadership in Canada. Her charity work has included membership on the boards of the Children’s Wish Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, and she is the National President of the Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University. In the arts, Judge Seal has served on the boards of Place des Arts, the Montreal Arts Council, and is currently serving on the board of directors for the National Arts Centre Foundation. She is a member of the Order of Canada.
Serbian born composer Ana Sokolovic is currently a Professor of Composition at the University of Montreal. Active in Canada since the mid-1990s, she has written for many of Canada’s orchestras and chamber ensembles, including performances throughout Europe and North America. She was the recipient of a National Arts Centre Award in 2009, and the SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek Award in 2008 and 2012. Professor Sokolovic has also been honoured with major awards from the Conseil québecois de la musique, the Canada Council for the Arts and the CBC Young Composer’s Competition.