Useful Information

Useful information


Your teachers will explain to you how private lessons work. Make sure to take note of the scheduled date, place and time of your lessons; this will avoid delays for other students.


Please bring with you all accompaniment sheet music. It is important that you place them ahead of time in the box located by your pianist’s studio. Rehearsal schedule will be determined once on site with the pianist assigned to your instrument.


Schedules are available and updated daily through the TeamUp calendar. A link to download your schedule will be sent to you a few days before the start of your session.


Rehearsing in your room and in the basilaIres is permitted between 9 AM and 9 PM, and one can rehearse 24/7 in the practice huts that are located away from lodging accommodations. After a rehearsal, please make sure the room is as is was prior to your usage.

To attend the concerts, you can get your ticket (no charge) from the Academy team 30 minutes prior to the concert in the main entrance lobby of the concert hall.


Music sessions

  • Concert attire – Black clothes and shoes (except Voice)
  • String instruments: extra set of strings
  • Warm clothes
  • Toiletries and personal hygiene kit (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush etc.)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Good, comfortable walking shoes (hilly terrain)
  • Rain gear and umbrella
  • Portable music stand
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash. About CAN $100 to $200/week is recommended. Please note this amount does not include transportation costs. There is one ATM (withdrawals only) located about 1 km from DFCA.

Dance session

  • Tights, leggings and/or comfortable exercise pants
  • Warm sweater and/or hoody
  • Cotton socks
  • Multiple tops
  • Sneakers or running shoes - essential for outdoor activities
  • Sun hat
  • Solar cream
  • Other useful things you might need:
    Yoga mat, knee pad, a reusable bottle, a towel, and a small emergency kit (band aids, muscle cream, anesthesic balm etc…) Warm clothes and a note pad with a pen.



*You can rent bedding on arrival (including 2 sheets, 1 pillow cover, 1 blanket) for $20.

**You can rent towels (including 1 washcloth, 1 hand towel, 1 large towel for $15.



  • Between 2 PM and 6 PM: Check-in at Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence)
  • 6 PM: Dinner at the cafeteria
  • 7 PM: Optional guided tour of DFCA (if weather permits)
  • 8 PM.: Information meeting. Place TBD


Free yoga
Each Saturday, from June 29 to August 24, 2024 at 8:30 A.M., free yoga classes are held outdoors in the Harmonic Sculpture Garden. In case of rain, classes will be held indoors.

Bonfires are only permitted in the designated zone near the French Garden. If you wish to start a bonfire, you must advise the front desk clerk beforehand. Please put out the fire with the garden hose before you leave.


For minor injuries, please go to the front desk. An ice dispenser is available at the cafeteria. The nearest drugstore, medical clinic and dentist are located at La Malbaie, a 20-minute drive from DFCA.

Important phone numbers:

  • Emergency: 911
  • Info-Santé: 811 (A 24/7 phone line for non-urgent health services)

Canadian students requiring medical care in a clinic or at the hospital must have their provincial health insurance card to obtain treatment.

International students must pay for all medical services with cash, credit card or debit card to obtain medical care in Canada. We strongly suggest that you buy health care insurance valid for the length of your stay to get reimbursed for any medical care you may need during your stay. For reference, a doctor’s visit costs approximately $100 CDN and a visit to the emergency room can cost between $750 and $1,000 CDN. You can request a copy of your file from the doctor or hospital for reimbursement by your insurer.


Upon arrival, a colored wristband will be given to you; be sure to wear it and to show it to the cafeteria staff.

If you suffer from a food allergy or intolerance, it is your responsibility to identify yourself to the cafeteria staff by showing your color wristband, which identifies your vegetarian option, allergy type or food intolerance.

  • 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM: Continental breakfast
  • 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM: Warm breakfast
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Lunch (please note that service stops at 12:30 P.M.)
  • 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM: Dinner (please note that service stops at 6:30 P.M.)

All meals are served at the cafeteria (Joseph-Rouleau Pavilion).

Please note that you can ask for a second plate starting at 12:30 P.M. and 6:30 P.M.


The menus prepared at the DFCA cafeteria are varied, wholesome and home made. Three meals are served each day with balanced portions of proteins, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, a salad bar and dessert.

Vegetarian menu
A vegetarian menu is offered to students during their entire stay. This option must be specified at time of registration. DFCA does not offer a vegan menu.

Minor food allergies
Minor food allergies will be handled individually by the cafeteria staff. All allergies must be declared on the application form. Students with allergies will be clearly identified via a coloured bracelet system.

Life-threatening food allergies
Unfortunately, the cafeteria staff at DFCA cannot sterilize the kitchen to accommodate victims of life-threatening food allergies. Adult students (18 years and older) with life-threatening food allergies must bring and cook their own food. Pots, pans and cooking utensils can be provided.

Minors (under 18 years old) with life-threatening food allergies must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian who will take in charge all the student’s meals. The parent or tutor must find off-campus housing. 


No drugs are allowed on campus. We reserve the right to expel anyone who uses drugs or who provides alcohol to a minor. All personal alcohol is prohibited at the cafeteria, the Concert Hall and Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence).


Domaine Forget de Charlevoix recognizes its responsibility to create a harmonious, healthy and safe work and study environment. To this end, the institution has implemented various policies.



Wifi is available throughout campus for email or research related to your session. Downloading content such as music or movies is not permitted for bandwidth capacity reasons. Two computers are also available to allow students to check their email. The password will be provided upon arrival.


Laundry rooms are located at Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence) and at the Studios.

  • Washer: $1.50
  • Dryer: $1.50
  • Detergent (Tide) : $1.00


A convenience store is located in Saint-Irénée just a few minutes' walk away from DFCA. An ATM is located less than a kilometer away. It is also possible to go to the villages of La Malbaie or Les Éboulements, about 15 km away, to run errands. All transportation is of the students’ responsibility.


You can have mail and parcels sent to you while you are staying at DFCA. Use the following sending/shipping address:

Domaine Forget de Charlevoix
A/S [Name of student]
5, rang Saint-Antoine, C.P. 672
Saint-Irénée, QC, G0T 1V0

Please note: DFCA will not pay any mail or custom fees for package delivery. Any mail received after the departure of a student will be returned to sender.


You can make photocopies at the front desk of Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence).


The nearest ATM, for withdrawals only, is located just up the hill after the church, in Saint-Irénée, about 1 km from DFCA. The address is:

350, rue Principale
Saint-Irénée, QC, G0T 1V0


A free interactive map of DFCA’s Harmonic Sculpture Garden and Historic Grounds is available for download.

For desktop : download map here.
For mobile : download map here.


For all questions and requests, please go to the front desk at Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence).

In case of an emergency outside of front desk business hours you can reach someone by pressing the intercom button located outside the main door of Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence).

You can also reach us at 418 452-8111, ext. 1600 or