Little attained a national reputation as the founder, and conductor 1951-65, of the Montreal Bach Choir with which he presented the premieres of many Canadian works and performances of major pieces from the renaissance, baroque, classic, and 20th-century repertoires. He also founded and conducted 1957-71, the Petit Ensemble vocal and, with his brother Carl in 1953, co-founded the Otter Lake Music Centre (CAMMAC), which he co-directed until 1965. In 1966 he was a founder of FAMEQ. He was active in many organizations, including the Canadian Music Council (vice-president 1975-6), and spoke frequently at Canadian and international conferences. A Canada Council grant enabled him, 1972-3, to research choral singing in Asian and African countries. (See also School music.) In 1983 he was awarded the Canadian Music Council Medal, and also the Kodály Medal from the Hungarian government for the promotion of that composer's work. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1993.
See also Edna (m Knock) Little (his sister).
'Music education in Quebec,' MSc, 241, 242, May-Jun, Jul-Aug 1968
'La formation de l'artiste pour 2001,' CMB, 2, Spring-Summer 1971
'Une éducation musicale pour l'homme,' CMB, 10 Spring-Summer 1975
Author Nadia Turbide, Betty Nygaard King
K. Jones Songs of Time. George Little Singers, Little conductor, K. and R. Jones piano 4-hands. 1957. RCI 144/5-ACM 24
See also Montreal Bach Choir; Petit Ensemble vocal.
Morency-Létourneau, Gabrielle. "Rencontre avec Georges Little," Alla Breve, Feb 1991
Knock, Edna H. Little Did I Know: A Sister's Memoir of George Little, Musician (Brandon 2002)
Centre Musicale du Lac à la Loutre (NFB 1954)
Music From Montreal (NFB 1962)
Québec 4-5-6 (Office du Film du Québec 1969)
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