Conducting Apprenticeship Program

Initiated in 1998, the National Youth Choir of Canada Conducting Apprenticeship Program offers a young conductor the opportunity to work with one of Canada’s finest youth choirs.

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2024 National Youth Choir of Canada Apprentice Conductor

Thomas Burton

Kitbielle Pasagui

Kitbielle Pasagui is a Filipino-Canadian choral conductor, vocal coach, vocalist and novice composer and arranger. Born and raised in the Philippines, she developed her passion for music at a young age. She was a member of the Mandaluyong Children's Choir, that represented the Philippines in the 2nd World Choir Olympics in Busan, South Korea, World Children’s Choir Festival in China and Hong Kong, and the first Filipino choir to win in the prestigious International Choral Kathaumixw held in Powell River, British Columbia. She majored in vocal performance at the University of the Philippines, College of Music and studied under Professor Ligaya Quinitio, Dr. Ramon Acoymo, Dr. Eudenice Palaruan, Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng, and Mark Anthony Carpio.

Kitbielle is an alumna and soloist of the world renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers (2008-2012). She performed in goodwill concert tours with the group across Asia, Europe, USA, Canada, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. She was also part of the group when it was recognized by UNESCO as Artists for Peace in 2009, became the recipient of Guidoneum Award from Concorso Polifonico Guido d’Arezzo Foundation in 2010, and the Brand Laureate Premier Award from the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation. 

Kitbielle moved to Canada in 2012 and has performed with the Korora Youth Choir (formerly known Kokopelli Youth Choir), Alberta Youth ChoirEllison Canadian Honour Choir (2013 & 2015), TIME Association's 'Nuf Sed (2012-2015), and Òran (2014-Present). She was the assistant conductor for the Ellison Canadian Honour Choir from 2013-2019. In 2021, she was the conductor for the Ellison Canadian Honour Choir for MusicFest Canada and was a co-conductor in 2023. 

Kitbielle is currently the associate conductor of Edmonton, Alberta's Korora Youth Choir and a voice teacher at Purple Door Music Academy. In May 2022, she became a Canadian citizen.

2022 – Thomas Burton
2020 – Thomas Burton (2020 in-person program cancelled due to pandemic; two virtual choir videos produced)
2018 – Gabrielle Gaudreault
2016 – Kathleen Allan
2014 – Irene Apanovitch
2012 – Dr. Joel Tranquilla
2010 – Heather Fraser
2008 – Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée
2006 – Dr. Caron Daley
2004 – Dr. Timothy Shantz
2002 – Kevin D. Skelton
2000 – Dr. L. Brett Scott
1998 – Dr. Julia Davids

This program is made possible through the generous support of:




Banner photos: Sam Moffatt Photography