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The Choir

The Orchestre de Paris Choir is an ensemble of 300 amateur singers of all ages united by a common love of music and motivated by a desir for excellence who choose to devote part of their free time to singing.
The singers

Singing together

An adventure full of excitement

The Orchestre de Paris and its choir moved into the Philharmonie de Paris in January 2015. This new residency prompted the music director Paavo Järvi and the choral director Lionel Sow to devise an ambitious new foward plan. Lionel Sow will undertake a comprehensive reorganization of the choir over the next few years to include the development of training programmes for the singers, closer cooperation with the City of Paris music schools, new working patterns, and the creation of a children’s choir and new groups within the main choir to foster greater diversity among the singers.
The increased emphasis on education and training will allow each singer to enhance his or her skills via individual and group singing lessons, musical training courses and chamber music workshops. Like a champion athlete, each choral singer will train rigorously to improve his or her performance during a concert.

Do you like
to sing?
Orchestre de Paris Adult Choir
The Orchestre de Paris Choir actively seeks new members throughout the year for all voice types.
Orchestre de Paris Children’s Choir
Children’s auditions for the 2016-2017 season will take place in May and June 2016.
Application information will be available online in March 2016.



After training as a violinist, Lionel Sow turned to choir conducting.

Since 2004, he regularly conducts the Choir of Radio France for a cappella concerts or for preparing concerts with orchestra. From 2006 to 2014 he was Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Catherdral Boys' Choir in Paris. During this time he attached a good deal of importance to programming the great master works of sacred music and an important repertory of a cappella music from the Renaissance period to contemporary works.During his final seasons he collaborated with numerous ensembles and took part in festivals such as the Chorégies d'Orange or the Chaise Dieu.

In 2011, Lionel Sow took charge of the Choir of the Orchestre de Paris and in the same year was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

The Main

A large Symphony Choir in Paris

Presently made up of 150 singers, the main Choir celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Its members are experienced choristers dedicated to the performance of choral masterpieces from the symphonic repertory, and are joined by the Academy and Chamber Choir for certain programmes as needed. It is currently aiming to expand its membership in order to increase the annual number of concerts.
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For ages 18-25

Created in September 2012 in partnership with three City of Paris music schools, the Academy is designed for singers between 18 and 25 drawn from the best music school children’s choirs and singing classes.
It currently has about 30 members and is aiming to increase this number to 40. The Academy focuses on a wide repertory ranging from ancient to contemporary music in conjunction with the symphonic programmes of the Orchestre de Paris Choir.
The Academy also presents its own concert season in Paris and in the Isle de France Region.
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45 Talents

Created in 2013, this flexible ensemble of  40 singers allows for a diversification of the programming of the choral repertory of the Orchestre de Paris Choir. Recrutement is based upon auditions with the aim of bringing together the Capital's most talented amateur singers. The choir is developping its own repertory : classical, contemporary, a cappella... during the season. The Chamber Choir comes together with the Main Choir for the majority of the productions of the Orchestre de Paris Choir.
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For 15-18 year olds

You are between 15 to 18 years of age and  you are sensitive to music and artistic creativity, you have good musical experience and you live in Paris or in the Paris region?Come and join the Youth Choir and you will perform at the Philharmonie de Paris accompanied by the Orchestre de Paris and other internationally renowned orchestras. 
You will work regularly with the Adult and Children's choirs during the preparation of the symphonic programmes. You will be coached by experts in their field, choirmasters, singing teachers, and music teachers coming from our Conservatoire partners  in the 6th, 13th and 19th arrondissements of Paris as well as the Regional Conservatoire of Aubervilliers - La Courneuve (CRR93).
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For 9-14 year olds

Does your child (boy or girl) aged 9 -14 love to sing, have at least one year’s practical choral experience and live in Paris or the Paris metropolitan area? If yes, s(he) is eligible to join the Orchestre de Paris Children’s Choir and sing on the Philharmonie stage alongside the Orchestre de Paris or other internationally renowned orchestras.
S(He) will take on an extremely varied repertory (such as Mahler’s 3rd Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker or North American folk music) and benefit from an excellent programme of lessons taught by leading professional choir directors (including Edwin Baudo, Marie Deremble-Wauquiez, Marie Joubinaux and Béatrice Warcollier) in the project’s partner music schools of the Paris 6th, 13th and 19th arrondissements and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Aubervilliers-La Courneuve.

Partners : Fondation d’entreprise groupe RATP, Fondation d’entreprise Air France, Ville de Paris and CRR 93.
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The Choir has travelled all over the world in the course of its history : London, New York and Berlin with Daniel BarenBoim, Ravenna with Pierre Boulez. This season the choir will sing with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in Geneva in Mahler's 3rd Symphony.

Support us!

The Choir needs you!

Concerning its installation in the Philharmonie de Paris in 2015, The Orchestre de Paris' Choir is launching an ambitious development project. Private individuals and businesses, all donations are important suppport for the Choir, helping it to pursue its mission of excellence and allowing it notably to :

  • Train and prepare tomorrow's talent with the Children's Choir and the Academy Choir.
  • Offer to choir members the possibilty to improve their technical level through singing lessons throughout the year.

Support the Choir!
Contact Us :
Nathalie Coulon
Head of Corporate Sponsorship and Corporate Relations
Tél. :
 01 56 35 12 05

Contact Us

Marie Chamfrault 
Production Attachée for the Choir
Tél. : 01 56 35 12 15

Chœur de l'Orchestre de Paris
191 Boulevard Sérurier - 75935 Paris cedex 19

For the Children's Choir
Bénédicte Traisnel
Production Assistant for the Choir
Tél. : 01 56 35 12 55


The Business Foundation for the group RATP, The Air France Business Foundation, The City of Paris and the Regional Conservatoire of Aubervilliers-La Courneuve (CRR93) are partners of the Choir.

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