Biography – Teacher
Frédéric Demers has taught trumpet and chamber music for a number of years. His pedagogical approach is at one and the same time stimulating, creative and personalized.
Following a first teaching experience as lecturer in trumpet at the Université de Montréal, Mr. Demers has since 1999 given private trumpet classes at Collège Notre-Dame, Collège Jean-Eudes, Institut Reine-Marie and at Collège Regina Assumpta in addition to being regularly invited as a brass specialist to various other institutions. From 2007 to 2015 he has also taught brass and chamber music at the Conservatoire de musique de Val-d’Or.
Moreover, since 2006 Mr. Demers has given several lectures on varied subjects, including in connection with his doctorate in cornet performance at the Université de Montréal, and at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, where he presented Herbert L. Clarke’s Technical Studies method. In addition, he had the opportunity to share with the students in composer Isabelle Panneton’s Research and Creation course, taught at the Université de Montréal, his efforts in preparing the survey that constituted the central issue of his doctoral thesis. He has also given lectures on brass as part of Vincent Verfaille’s organology seminar.
In 2013 he presented two lecture-workshops to the Fédération des associations musicales éducatives du Québec, one having to do with the art of teaching brass and the other with the group teaching of brass.
Mr. Demers is regularly called on to judge participants in different competitions. Since 2007, in addition to judging exams in the conservatory network, he has been a judge at the Festival des harmonies et orchestres symphoniques du Québec, the Concours solistes et petits ensembles de Victoriaville, the Festival de musique du Royaume, the MusicFest Québec and on two occasions at the Opus awards in the disc of the year category.
Finally, in 2013 he overhauled the trumpet program at UQÀM’s École préparatoire de musique.