A native of St. John’s, NL, conductor, composer and soprano Kathleen Allan is rapidly becoming internationally respected for compelling performances and engaging compositions. She has recently been appointed as the Director of Choral Studies and Associate Conductor of Orchestras at the Vancouver Academy of Music. She is the assistant conductor of the Vancouver Bach Choir, and has held conducting positions with St. Michael’s Choir School, the Yale Glee Club, the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus, and in 2013, was the Conducting Fellow of the Canadian Chamber Choir. She is the founding co-artistic director of Arkora, a new chamber music collective dedicated to interdisciplinary performance. Her compositions have been commissioned and performed by ensembles throughout North America, Europe, and in Argentina, where her work was featured at the World Symposium on Choral Music.
Also in high demand as a soprano soloist and professional choral singer, she has appeared as a soloist with the National Broadcast Orchestra of Canada and Berkshire Choral Festival Choir, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Bach Choir. In addition to freelancing regularly in Canada and the United States, she is a member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir and has sung with the Vienna-based Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Skylark Vocal Ensemble in Atlanta, and the Yale Schola Cantorum. A passionate interpreter of new music, she has premiered over two dozen works for the voice.
Upcoming engagements include conducting Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Japan, music-directing the Citadel Theatre’s presentation of Alice Through the Looking Glass in Edmonton, and premieres of new commissions by ensembles throughout North America. She holds a degree in composition from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in choral conducting from Yale University.
Initiated in 1998, the NYC/CNJ Conducting Apprenticeship Program offers a young conductor the opportunity to work with Canada’s finest youth choir. The successful applicant will spend two weeks with the NYC/CNJ during rehearsals, performances and touring. Throughout the time period, the apprentice will have opportunities to study with one of Canada’s finest choral conductors, to observe rehearsals, to discuss choral techniques and to have some conducting opportunities in performance with the NYC/CNJ. Please note that all NYC/CNJ rehearsals will be conducted in English only; however bilingualism (English/French) is an asset.
The 2016 National Youth Choir program will be in Alberta, May 7 – 23, 2016, under the direction of Michael Zaugg.
The successful applicant
An independent selection committee will choose the successful applicant. Candidates must submit:
Thanks to the generous support of The Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation, there is no tuition for this program. The successful applicant will be responsible for transportation to and from NYC/CNJ but local transportation, accommodation, and meals will be provided for the duration of the program.
The successful applicant will also receive a prize of $4,000 from the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation.
The Foundation provides significant career development opportunities to young Canadian musicians and music scholars in their advanced education, and in so doing commemorates a great Canadian and his unique career.
For more information, please contact Choral Canada:
Please note: The decision of the jury is final. During the review of applications, the jury may, at its discretion, withhold the offer of the Program and prize if none of the applicants meet the set criteria.
2014 – Irene Apanovitch
2012 – Dr. Joel Tranquilla
2010 – Heather Fraser
2008 – Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée
2006 – Dr. Caron Daley
2004 – Dr. Timothy Shantz
2002 – Kevin D. Skelton
2000 – Dr. L. Brett Scott
1998 – Dr. Julia Davids