Click HERE for the NYC 2016 Press Release & Tour Schedule
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).
2016 National Youth Choir
Click HERE for the Press Release & Tour Schedule
Dates: May 7 – 22, 2016
Conductor: Michael Zaugg.
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 2016
Charitable Registration #84993 1233 RR0001
NYC Singers and Auditions
Each province and territory can select four singers (one per voice part) to make up the National Youth Choir. Interested in auditioning? Please read the INFORMATION FOR SINGERS form and find out who to contact in your province or territory. You may be asked to fill out the SINGER AUDITION APPLICATION FORM. Auditions for 2016 are closed.
Need help? Contact Choral Canada’s office at [email protected] or 647.606.2467.
As of 2014, there are 636 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).
Choral Canada and the Sir Ernest MacMillan Foundation also sponsor the National Youth Choir Conducting Apprenticeship Program.
Read “Words to Sing and Live By: “Cool Head, Warm Heart”, an article about the NYC experience written by Andrea Ellis (NYC 2012) on Incanto, the Choral Canada Student Chapter blog.