CSDM won’t budge on Petits chanteurs

Till recently, the CSDM had an arrangement with the Petits chanteurs du Mont-Royal, a boys’ choir not unlike ones in the UK, where boys with good voices willing to work on their music can sing their way into a better-than-average education. In this case, the school board paid the same fee for the boys that it would’ve done to educate them in the public system, so that they could study at Collège Notre-Dame opposite the Oratory and practice music in the same location.

Now the board, determined to philistine it out to the bitter end, intends to shut this down, and make it so the boys have to go to public school and shuttle back and forth from distant locations. Various high-profile cultural nabobs have signed an open letter deploring the decision, but to no effect.