Call for nominations NYC17 Conductor



Guest Conductor of unique National Youth Choir 2017

Choral Canada is now accepting nominations for the position of Guest Conductor of the 2017 National Youth Choir (NYC) of Canada. Sponsored by Heritage Canada to honour Canada’s sesquicentennial, NYC 2017 is a unique auxiliary to the biennial iterations of this highly acclaimed ensemble. NYC 2017 will rehearse and perform in collaboration with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada on a specialized 3-city tour in July 2017 as part of NYO Canada’s Sesquicentennial Pan-Canadian Tour.

Since 1984, 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 and also at the 1993 World Symposium on Choral Music in Vancouver. NYC concerts have been broadcast nationally on the CBC Stereo Network.

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Conductor Responsibilities: 

The Guest Conductor of the 2017 National Youth Choir of Canada will commit to rehearsing the choir July 13 – July 19, 2017, and performing with the choir on tour in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto:  July 20-26, 2017. The conductor will choose and prepare 30 minutes of a cappella choral repertoire and will also teach to the choir: Borodin Polovtsian Dances (subject to change) which will be conducted in performance by the orchestral conductor. The a cappella repertoire may include a work commissioned for NYC 2017.

Additionally, the NYC Conductor will teach and conduct in concert, both choir and orchestra members, a madrigal or comparable work to be sung as a concert encore.


The Choir: 

Choral Canada will engage 48-50 singers (4 from each province plus 8-10 from Territories) ages 18-25. As for other renditions of NYC, the singers are chosen by Choral Canada and its Provincial partners rather than by the Conductor.


Deadline for receipt for Nominations: August 19th, 2016

[Nominations will be reviewed by an external committee and a shortlist will be sent to Choral Canada Board of Directors for a final decision.]

Announcement: October 1, 2016


Search Guidelines

The candidate must be:

  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • a member in good standing of Choral Canada
  • actively working in the Canadian choral community

Nominations may be submitted by: 

  • current members of Choral Canada
  • former National Youth Choir conductors

Selection criterion is based on: 

  • letter of nomination
  • candidate’s established record of excellence in choral music making
  • candidate’s established career as a choral conductor
  • proven ability of candidate to work effectively with singers aged 18-25

Nomination submission should include: 

  • letter of nomination 
  • completed nomination questions (see below)
  • biography and brief CV (if possible) of candidate
  • names of two conductors who support nomination


Nomination questions to be answered as thoroughly as possible:

Insufficient information may result in the nomination not being considered.

  1. How long and in what capacity have you known the candidate?
  1. How long has the candidate had an established career as a choral conductor?
  1. What ensembles has the candidate conducted in the past 10 years, and what ensembles is the candidate currently conducting?
  1. Please describe briefly:
    • the candidate’s rehearsal procedure
    • the candidate’s programming
    • the candidate’s concert performances


Nomination submission instructions:

Submissions must be received by August 19, 2016.

Please email or mail the completed nomination submission to Choral Canada at:

[email protected]

500 – 59 Adelaide Street East

Toronto ON M5C 1K6

2016 National Youth Choir - Guest Conductor Michael Zaugg

2016 National Youth Choir – Guest Conductor Michael Zaugg (Photo Credit: Kelly Skinner of Friday Design & Photography)