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).
Conductor: Jeff Joudrey
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.
Click HERE for the Press Release
Dates: May 7 – 22, 2016
Conductor: Michael Zaugg
Apprentice Conductor: Kathleen Allan
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
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.
As of 2016, there are 676 NYC alumni! Many have gone onto successful careers as leaders in choral music and beyond.
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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)
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).
THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR SPONSORS!
National Youth Choir Program Sponsor – musicfolder.com
National Youth Choir Commission Sponsor – University of Guelph
National Youth Choir Concert Sponsor, Friday May 20th at the Winspear Centre – University of Guelph’s School of Fine Arts and Music
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.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR ADVERTISERS!
Canadian Mennonite University School of Music
Chronos Vocal Ensemble
Edmonton Swiss Men’s Choir
Spiritus Chamber Choir
The University of Augustana Music Division
The University of British Columbia School of Music