Useful Information

PRIVATE LESSONS

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.


ACCOMPANIMENT SHEET MUSIC

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 AND BULLETIN BOARDS

Weekly schedules are posted on bulletin boards located:

  • At the entrance of the basilaries
  • At the entrance of the Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence)
  • At the cafeteria

Please check them frequently, all schedule changes and other important information will be updated regularly. Pedagogical activities take place from Monday to Saturday. Sunday is a free day and an outing will be scheduled for minors and those who are interested.

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


REHEARSAL & CONCERTS

Rehearsing in your room and in the basilaries is permitted between 8 A.M. and 9:30 P.M., but you can rehearse 24/7 in the practice huts that are located far from the accommodations.

To attend the concerts, you need to get your ticket (no charge) on the day of the concert between 10 A.M. and 5 P.M. at the Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence) front desk. Concert attendance is mandatory for minors.

Important: please be at the Concert Hall at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the concert.


CLOTHING

Music sessions

  • Concert attire – Black clothes and shoes

Dance sessions
Classical ballet (female)

  • Dance slippers or neutral color socks
  • Tights, leggings or well-fitted neutral color pants
  • Leotard, tank top or well fitted neutral color t-shirt
  • Pointe shoes (if you already own some)
  • Ballet skirt (optional)
  • Sports bra

Classical ballet (male)

  • Dance slippers or neutral color socks
  • Tights or well-fitted neutral color pants
  • Tank top or well-fitted neutral color top
  • Dance belt (optional)

RUBBERBAND Method / Hip-Hop (male and female)

  • Multiple tops
  • Tights, leggings and/or comfortable exercise pants
  • Warm sweater and/or hoodie
  • Running shoes
  • Cotton socks

It is important to dress adequately based on dance style, such as loose and comfortable clothes for hip-hop and more fitted clothes for ballet.

You might also need:
Yoga mat, knee pad, hair pins and elastics, a reusable bottle, a towel, and a small emergency kit (band aids, muscle cream, anesthetic balm, etc…), warm clothes and a note pad with a pen.


WHAT TO BRING

  • Sheets*, blanket or sleeping bag for single bed (pillow, pillow cover and cover sheet are provided)
  • Towels and face cloths**
  • Warm clothes
  • Concert attire (all black)
  • Black binder (mandatory for singers)
  • Toiletries and personal hygiene kit (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush etc.)
    Good, comfortable walking shoes (hilly terrain)
  • Rain gear and umbrella
  • Portable music stand
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash. About $100 CDN/week is recommended. Please note this amount does not include transportation costs. There is one ATM (withdrawals only) located about 1 km from DFCA.

Download the checklist

*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; changed as needed during your stay).


TRANSPORTATION

Various modes of transportation are available to get to and from DFCA. Please refer to the PDF document to determine the best way to travel.

See Transportation PDF


ARRIVAL AND ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

  • After 2 P.M.: Check-in at Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence)
  • 6 P.M.: Dinner at the cafeteria
  • 7 P.M.: Optional guided tour of DFCA, starting at the cafeteria
  • 8:30 P.M.: Information meeting. Place TBD.

ONSITE ACTIVITIES

Free yoga
Each Saturday from June 19 to August 21, 2021, 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
Bonfires are only permitted in the designated zone near the French Garden. Please advise the front desk clerk beforehand. Please put out the fire with the garden hose before you leave.


HEALTH SERVICES AND INSURANCE

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.


MEALS

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 bracelet color, which identifies your vegetarian option, allergy type or food intolerance.

Schedule

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

All meals are served at the cafeteria (Joseph-Rouleau Pavilion), except on Sundays, where breakfast and lunch (lunch box) will be served at the kitchen/lounge of the Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence). Sunday night, dinner will be served at the cafeteria as usual.

Please note that you can ask for a second plate starting at 12:30 P.M. and 6:30 P.M. If you want fruits at lunch and dinner, please ask the cafeteria staff.


FOOD AND ALLERGIES

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 guardian who will take in charge of all the student’s meals. The parent or tutor must find off-campus housing.


ALCOHOL & DRUGS

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).


POLICIES

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.

SEE POLICIEs


INTERNET

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.


CURFEW

Curfew is at 11 P.M. After this time, please remain quiet both indoors and outdoors.


LAUNDRY

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

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

ERRANDS

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.


MAIL & PARCELS

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
Canada

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.


PHOTOCOPIES

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


aTM

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


INTERACTIVE MAP

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.


CONTACTING US ON CAMPUS

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 admission@domaineforget.com.

Information Sessions

Join us for free weekly online information sessions in December 2020 and January 2021, hosted by Domaine’s very own Academic Coordinator, Valérie Arsenault. These open-door events will answer any questions you may have about course material, admissions and much more. We’ve even planned some free masterclasses with faculty members!

See Information Sessions

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