National Youth Choir

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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. 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) and Hilary Apfelstadt (2014).

2018 National Youth Choir

Conductor: Jeff Joudrey

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2017 National Youth Choir

Choral Canadahas partnered with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada to present a special edition of the National Youth Choir of Canada in July 2017. We are seeking nominations for the 2017 National Youth Choir GUEST CONDUCTOR. Deadline to submit nominations: August 19, 2016. Click HERE for more information.

2016 National Youth Choir

Click HERE for the Press Release 

Dates: May 7 – 22, 2016

Conductor:  Michael Zaugg

Apprentice Conductor: Kathleen Allan

Selected Singers for 2016 National Youth Choir of Canada:

Northwest Territories: Sonja Martin-Elson

British Columbia: Ellie Hogan, Joanna Henry, Rob Workman, Dan White

Alberta: Lynnéa Bartel Nickel, Gloria Wan, Christian Maxfield, David McCune

Saskatchewan: Chloé Golden, Bailey Smith, Arthur Jack, Ary Williams

Manitoba: Katie Tussler, Erika Rasmussen, Clint McLachlan, John Anderson, Ben Sellick

Ontario: Nila Rajagopal, Kiley Venables, Blair Spry, Pascal Viens

Québec: Jacoba Barber-Rozema, Gabriel Provencher, Antonio Seccareccia

New Brunswick: D’Arcy Blunston, Elyse Delaney, Joseph Goodwin

Nova Scotia: Shanice Skinner, Rhian Merritt, Gavin Fraser, Michelle Johnson

Prince Edward Island: Lindsay Gillis, Alexandra Smith, William Millington, Parker Clements

Newfoundland: Kristian Butt, Sophia Werden Abrams, Colin Mackey, Dion Flores

 

Support the National Youth Choir 

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

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NYC Singers and Auditions

Each province and territory can select four singers (one per voice part) to make up the National Youth Choir. Auditions for 2016 are closed. 

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


NYC Alumni

 As of 2016, there are 676 NYC alumni! Many have gone onto successful careers as leaders in choral music and beyond. 

Are you an NYC alum? We want to keep in touch with you about our cherished NYC program, possible alumni events, latest news, and more. Please fill out this quick and easy survey to update your information. Thank you!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QCVLKC9

Past Conductors: John Standing (1984), Jon Washburn (1986), Wayne Riddell (1988), James Fankhauser (1990), Elmer Iseler (1992), Diane Loomer (1994), Robert Cooper (1996), Iwan Edwrds (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)

Recordings

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). 

Sponsorship

THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR SPONSORS!

National Youth Choir Program Sponsor – musicfolder.com
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National Youth Choir Commission Sponsor – University of Guelph

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National Youth Choir Concert Sponsor, Friday May 20th at the Winspear Centre – University of Guelph’s School of Fine Arts and Music

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NYC 2016 Concert Presenters & Sponsors

Choral Singers Unite Society
Foothills Male Chorus
Front Row Centre
Lindsay Thurber Music Parents’ Society
Shirley Lyseng Memorial Church Endowment
Society of Friends of the Monarch Theatre
Spirit of the Rockies Women’s Choir
Spiritus Chamber Choir
The University of Alberta, Augustana Campus Music Division

Choral Canada and the Sir Ernest MacMillan Foundation also sponsor the National Youth Choir Conducting Apprenticeship Program.

Cypress Choral Music and Dr. Richard Loomer co-sponsor and support Choral Canada’s Competition for Choral Writing. The winning composition is premiered by the National Youth Choir of Canada. 

Advertising

THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR ADVERTISERS!

Canadian Mennonite University School of Music
Chronos Vocal Ensemble
Edmonton Swiss Men’s Choir
Renforth Music
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Spiritus Chamber Choir
The University of Augustana Music Division
The University of British Columbia School of Music
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2016 National Youth Choir of Canada conducted by Michael Zaugg (Photo Credit Kelly Skinner of Friday Design & Photography)