Gisèle P.

A retired piano teacher but still a music lover, Gisèle grew up in the Sault-au-Récollet district on St-Firmin Street. Her family lived there from 1955 to 1968. As a child, she studied at the neighborhood Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens School.

With a husband who had a successful career in sales and enjoyed several promotions, she moved over a dozen times, including once to Toronto. Until recently, she lived in Anjou.

As a music teacher, she was able to give recognized courses from her home. This allowed her to have a career of her own while raising her children. She was, over the years, linked to institutions like CEGEP St-Laurent, Collège Marie-Victorin and schools in Beloeil and Granby. While I was trying to find the right shooting angle for the photo below, I noted that she had retained her methodical and attentive teaching skills. One could hear it when she sat at the piano with her friend Nicole to practice a four hands piece.

Together, the two friends lead, with the help of a few other residents, a friendly group of people who meet several times a year to sing without rehearsals. The organizers choose, print and distribute the texts of French songs for the group, which can sometimes reach up to 130 participants.

In addition to the concerts of the Musical Sundays at the Maison Symphonique, Gisèle attends several other concerts. This is how she discovered some of the venues of the Réseau Accès culture. Nevertheless, she prefers the acoustics of some churches that do better justice to the music.

If your steps take you one day to Les Jardins Millen and you hear melodic notes from the grand piano, she may very well be the one playing!

Gisèle  with Nicole at the piano