Conductor

Michèle Lhopiteau graduated from the conservatories of Bordeaux and Nancy, and then studied choir and orchestra conducting under Pierre Cao, and vocal techniques under Hélène Roth. In 1983 she took over the direction of the Abidjan Choir in the Ivory Coast, and collaborated with Jean-Claude Casadesus during the African tour of the Lille Symphonic Orchestra in 1985.

In 1993 she founded and directed the International Alliance Française Choir in Houston Texas for three years, and commemorated the 50 years of the Allied Landing in Normandy with the Requiem of Fauré accompanied by musicians of the Houston Symphonic Orchestra.

In 1995 she founded the International Choir of Bordeaux, an ensemble of 60 choir singers from different parts of the world, which she directed until 1998.

In 1998 she founded the International United Nations Choir in Houston, Texas, which she also directed until 2003. Then she worked as choirmaster of a professional opera troupe of Houston, “Opera in the Heights”.

From 1990 to 1994 Michèle Lhopiteau assisted the Parisian conductor Michel Piquemal with the Great Choir of the Abbey of the Ladies of Saintes, and for the Summer Academies of the Sylvanès Festival. At the same time she was in charge of a women’s choir, "Aliénor", as well as of a mixed choir, the "Psallette" of Mérignac.

Michèle Lhopiteau-Dorfeuille wrote four guides to the initiation to classical music as well as an essay on Mozart: Wolfgang Amadeo Mozart: "rêver avec les sons" in the collection "Toutes les Clés pour explorer la musique classique" , published by Bord de l’Eau.

One of her latest books, titled "Brèves histoires de chœur" is a set of 40 short stories about the author's memories as a choir director from around the world. Royalties from this book and her four listening guidebooks are donated to the CASCA endowment trust, dedicated to supporting amateur choir singing (refer to video report).