Vézina, Joseph (François)
- Dale Ward
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(b Quebec, June 9, 1849; d Quebec, Oct 5, 1924). Canadian bandmaster, composer, conductor and organist. He studied at the Séminaire de Québec and at the Collège Militaire. He was mainly self-taught, although he received musical instruction from his father, François Vézina, music director of the Société St Jean-Baptiste, and studied harmony for six months under Calixa Lavallée. His career began in 1869 as bandmaster of the 9e Voltigeur de Québec. He founded and directed numerous bands, for which he made many arrangements and composed a number of pieces, including his popular Mosaïque sur des airs populaires canadiens. From 1896 to 1912 he was organist at St Patrick’s and from 1912 to 1924 choirmaster at the Basilica of Notre-Dame, both in Quebec. He taught and directed the band at the Séminaire de Québec, where many of his manuscripts remain. Active as an orchestral and choral conductor from at least ...