Le Groupe MusiArt, the choir of the MUHC Department of Psychiatry, launches its first CD of original songs


The Department of Psychiatry of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is proud to launch the first CD of its choir, Le Groupe MusiArt, entitled “Confidences… in confidence.” This CD includes ten original songs, each composed by users of the department’s outpatient clinics, under the direction of Dr. Marie-France Boudreault, MUHC psychologist, and music therapists Mélanie Auberson and Dany Bouchard.

“This experience has been extremely rewarding for our users. The choir has helped them improve and maintain mental health through increased well-being and self-esteem while also encouraging motivation and concentration. Creativity allows us to express many things, and singing and music are extraordinary means of expression. The songs we've recorded are indeed very touching,” said Dr. Boudreault.

“The recording of this CD was made possible thanks to an Innovation Fund grant. The entire group participated in writing the lyrics and music, meaning that each member can identify with and take ownership of the songs. The song themes deal with introspection and healing, as well as freedom, the environment and hope. We also touch on different styles of music, such as reggae, blues and folk. The CD can be purchased at the Archambault store at the corner of Berri and Saint-Catherine,” added Dr. Boudreault.

Le Groupe MusiArt
Le Groupe MusiArt is a performing arts choir of the MUHC Department of Psychiatry. It was created at the Montreal General Hospital in October 1998. As Creative and Artistic Ambassador, the group’s mission is to educate the public about mental health issues. In 2000, Le Groupe MusiArt received an award from the Canadian Psychiatric Association for the most innovative activity during Mental Health Awareness Week.

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, research and teaching. The MUHC is a merger of five teaching hospitals affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University — the Montreal Children's, Montreal General, Royal Victoria, and Montreal Neurological hospitals, as well as the Montreal Chest Institute. Building on the tradition of medical leadership of the founding hospitals, the goal of the MUHC is to provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the health care field, and to contribute to the development of new knowledge.

Agenda summary

Event:Lunch of the first CD of Le Groupe MusiArt, the choir of the MUHC Department of Psychiatry
Date:Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Location:Members of the media will be met at 1:45 p.m.
in the main lobby of the Montreal General Hospital
1650 Cedar Avenue, Montreal
Speakers: Dr. Marie-France Boudreault, MUHC psychologist and choir conductor

   Here is a sample song titled Strength in ones's self

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