National Youth Choir

 2017 National Youth Choir, with Timothy Shantz- photo credit Sandy Nicholson

About National Youth Choir (NYC) of Canada

Every two years, singers between the ages of 18 and 25 are auditioned across the country to form the National Youth Choir. Initiated in 1984, the choir has won critical acclaim across Canada since its inception. A quartet from each province and territory  (one per voice part)  make up the National Youth Choir.

Some of the finest Canadian choral conductors have been invited to conduct the choir. The NYC has performed at all Podium, Choral Canada’s national choral conference, since 1984 and also at the 1993 World Symposium on Choral Music in Vancouver. NYC concerts have been broadcast nationally on the CBC Stereo Network.

The National Youth Choir has been under the direction of John Standing (1984), Jon Washburn (1986), Wayne Riddell (1988), James Fankhauser (1990), Elmer Iseler (1992), Diane Loomer (1994), Robert Cooper (1996), Iwan Edwards (1998), Leonard Ratzlaff (2000), Lydia Adams (2002), Kathryn Laurin (2004), Richard Sparks (2006), Julian Wachner (2008), Victoria Meredith (2010), Ivars Taurins (2012), Hilary Apfelstadt (2014), Michael Zaugg (2016) and Tim Shantz (2017).


2018 National Youth Choir-

Audition Deadline OCTOBER 13th, 2017

Conductor: Jeff Joudrey

Apply now! 

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Need help? Contact Choral Canada’s office at [email protected] or 647.606.2467.

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Thank you to 2017 donors- The Vern and Frieda Heinrichs Foundation


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NYC Alumni

 As of 2017, there are 680 NYC alumni! Many have gone onto successful careers as leaders in choral music and beyond. 

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Highlights from the 1988, 1990 and 1992 editions of the NYC are available on CD from Choral Canada at a cost of $18 per CD (postage and handling included).