Employee portrait : Emma-Geneviève

We at the Festival de Lanaudière are fortunate to be able to count on dynamic employees who work hard to produce Canada’s largest classical music festival. Please meet Emma-Genevièvea vibrant person with an ever-present smile and who has brought sunshine into our lives for the past 5 years.

Can you tell us about yourself in a few words?     

Je m’appelle Emma-Geneviève Murray St-Louis (oui, c’est long ! 😊) et je suis née à Montréal, mais j’habite dans la région de Joliette depuis presque toujours. Je travaille au Festival depuis 5 ans. J’ai d’abord été engagée comme adjointe administrative. Mon poste a évolué au fil du temps et je suis maintenant coordonnatrice des opérations et de l’artistique.

After my college studies, I was not really sure what I wanted to do in life, but I knew I was inspired to work in the cultural domain. For a little over 5 years, I was employed by an independent francophone rock music label in Montreal, after which I had an urge to reconnect a bit more with my region and to come back here to work. I was very lucky to have found a job in my field and in my region.

Can you name some elements that you enjoy about your job?

  • I love how it feels seeing that my work really does benefit the people who come to attend concerts. For many people, art and music are like therapy.
  • The sense of pride and accomplishment in putting together the largest classical music festival in Canada and in working with the greatest classical music artists in the world.

Can you tell us about any fond memories you retained from past editions of the Festival? 

Le concert Wagner Épique de la saison 2022 m’a littéralement jetée par terre. Et c’était d’autant plus satisfaisant lorsqu’on connait tout le travail que notre équipe a fait en amont afin de rendre ce concert magistral possible. Beaucoup de bonheur et de fierté!

What does a “typical” workday look like when the Festival is gearing up to launch?

In the run-up to the Festival, every day is different, and we manage our days through prioritizing by degree of urgency. This often involves a huge number of calls and emails to coordinate the final preparations before the Festival begins.

Tell us about yourself !

What are your favourite activities in your spare time?

Emma-Geneviève and her dog Beth.

J’adore faire des randonnées et passer du temps en nature. J’aime aussi beaucoup cuisiner, aller voir des spectacles, jouer à des jeux de société, faire des soupers entre amis, etc. J’ai aussi un beau gros chien qui répond au nom de Beth. Elle aura bientôt 6 ans et elle occupe bien mes temps libres. Récemment j’ai aussi recommencé à dessiner et peindre et je réalise à quel point ça m’avait manqué !

Where in the world do you most enjoy spending time?

Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine sont définitivement mon endroit favori sur terre! C’est d’ailleurs la terre qui a vu naitre mon arrière-grand-mère, mais aussi mon amoureux. J’ai donc la chance de pouvoir y passer plusieurs mois par année (grâce au télétravail!) et je rêve de pouvoir y vivre un jour. Il y a quelque chose de particulier avec l’air salin et le rythme de vie insulaire qui fait qu’il n’y a aucun endroit où je me sens mieux que là-bas.

Can you name your top three favourite artists?          

Mon dieu, quelle question difficile! Mes parents m’ont initiée à la musique dès ma tendre enfance. Il y avait TOUJOURS de la musique qui jouait à la maison et dans la voiture. J’ai un attachement particulier pour la musique québécoise, mais mes goûts musicaux vont vraiment dans tous les sens. Ces temps-ci, j’écoute beaucoup de Jean Leloup, Genesis et Cory Wong.

But I could also mention Richard Desjardins, Alaclair Ensemble, Rouge Pompier, Pink Floyd, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Thrice, Les Colocs, the list could go on forever!

What is your guilty pleasure?

I have a hard time saying “no” to chocolate!

Do you have any dreams you would like to fulfill?

I dream of travelling more.

Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, her favourite place on Earth.
Emma-Geneviève, in the words of…

Emma-Geneviève is a wonderful colleague, always smiling. It’s such a pleasure to have her in our lives. - Vanessa, Marketing Coordinator

Emma-Geneviève est à la fois : fougue, douceur et liberté qui comme la nature nous charme et nous étonne – c’est un réel bonheur de la côtoyer au quotidien. Claude, Marketing Director

Her open-mindedness and musical intelligence astound me! She is always good for a laugh, and it’s a pleasure to work with Emma every day! - Janick, Artistic Coordinator and Mediation Manager

Emma is brilliant in all senses of the word: bright, enlightened and intelligent, she is a dream co-worker! - Xavier, Executive Director

Emma is the person who oils the gears of the Festival! - Normand, Manager, Tourism Development and Audience Experience

Emma is an amazing colleague: always smiling, ready to help others, she is our ray of sunshine! - Sylvie, Director of Operations

Emma is the rock that I lean on in my work. Her sensitivity, attention to detail and immediacy make her an exceptional colleague.- Renaud, Artistic Director

Emma is an incredible colleague! She is super efficient in everything she does and is always ready to help. - Mychèle, Project Manager—Private Funding

Emma is like a ray of sunshine: she is effective, we need her, and she does us good! —Margot, Cultural Mediation Intern

Cheerful, hard-working, funny, versatile, respectful (I could go on!), Emma-Geneviève is an extraordinary colleague. Basically, she’s a wonderful young woman whom anyone would dream of having in their midst. —Émilie, Accounting and Administrative Technician

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