Arlette Steyer is the artistic and pedagogical director of the choir school and the Colmar Boys choir which she founded together with Eugène Maegey, director of Colmar conservatoire, in 1985. In addition to her work as musical director of the choir, she is also a professionally trained singer, accredited with the CA de chant choral. She initially studied at the Conservatoires of Colmar and Strasbourg, pursuing her musical career at the Radio France Boys’ Choir in Paris.
During her ten year career as a soloist with les Arts Florissants, directed by William Christie, she gave performances in many of the great concert halls throughout western and eastern Europe and in the United States of America and made twelve recordings.
One of her most remarkable performances was in the title role of Doris in Lully’s Atys at the Paris Opera.
Arlette Steyer has been presented with many awards: the Palmes Académiques, the Bretzel d’Or 2004, the Fondation Alsace award and Knight of the Legion of Honour, is considered as an expert in the field of choral singing by various important institutions and is regularly invited to national and international choral events.
Under her direction, the choir has been awarded the Diapason d’Or, the prix Menotti, the first prize in the national Palestrina competition, the prix Liliane Bettencourt awarded by the Académie des Beaux-Arts, to name but a few, and has also been voted the best choir in the European Union.
Constantly endeavouring to create varied and original concert programmes, Arlette Steyer’s experience as a singer and a teacher have made it possible for the Colmar Boys’ Choir to gain a unanimously acclaimed reputation.