National Youth Choir
The National Youth Choir of Canada (NYC) is a biennial project of Choral Canada, formed of auditioned singers between the ages of 18 and 25 across the country. Its mandate is to provide a professional training opportunity for Canada's young choral community by:
bringing together a quartet of singers between the ages of 18 and 25 years from each province
inviting renowned Canadian choral conductors to lead each session
providing training and rehearsals which culminate in performance opportunities and a tour in the host province
NYC 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), Dr. Julian Wachner (2008), Dr. Victoria Meredith (2010), Ivars Taurins (2012), Hilary Apfelstadt (2014), Michael Zaugg (2016), Timothy Shantz (2017), and Jeff Joudrey (2018).
Choral Canada is pleased to announce that Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée has been selected to conduct the 2020 NYCC.
Training week will take place in Québec City from May 2 - 8, 2020. The choir will then tour through Québec, performing concerts and outreach workshops, then arrive in Montreal on May 14 to participate in PODIUM 2020: Singing towards the future.
The NYCC will perform a Highlight Concert at Podium on May 15, be the choir in the Choral Canada Student Chapter conducting master class, and have complimentary passes to attend Podium as delegates.
The application deadline is October 18, 2019. All details and application form are found here.
The Manitoba Choral Association presently provides funding for up to four singers to attend National Youth Choir through their SINGERS HELPING SINGERS initiative. Currently, MCA is the only province to fully support its representatives. Singers Helping Singers (SHS) has already raised $4225 through pass-the-hat funds for representatives from Manitoba to participate in NYCC 2020 in Montreal. The funds have largely been collected at concerts and rehearsals in which member choirs pass the hat. Our fundraising goal is $5000.00. Many thanks for the choirs that have participated to date:
Brandon University Chorale
University of Manitoba Choirs
Winnipeg Beer Choir
National Youth Choir Participants from Manitoba 1984-2018
Katharina Unruh, Erika Rasmussen, Charlie Carrier
Katie Trussler, Erika Rasmussen, Clint MacLachlan, John Anderson
Aliah Nelson, Emma Lytle, Ben Erickson, Connor Lavell
Andrea Lett, Victoria Marshall, Michael Dueck, Kevin Brouwer
Robert Neufeld (Manitoba), Coordinator
Annelise Hawrylak, Sara Clefstad, Geung Lee, Stephen Haiko, Ben Campbell
Robert Neufeld (Manitoba), Coordinator; Madeline Hildebrand (Manitoba), Pianist
Kendra McFarland, Carrie Hall, Geung Lee, Byung Yoon, Scott Reimer
Kendra Fallis, Lynn Siemens, Byung Yoon, Chad Froese
Kendra Fallis, Gloria Kauenhowen, Jay Dirks, Chad Froese
Elizabeth Grant (Manitoba), Coordinator; Kara Dixon (Manitoba), Pianist
Andrea Enns, Kim Bickerton, Craig Schapansky, Jereme Wall
Kristel Peters, Jennifer Reynolds, Curtis Dueck, Marco Vicente
Sandy Jasper, Karla Ferguson, Dan Peasgood, Curtis Dueck, Jonathan Zantingh
Naomi Dueck, Naomi Russell, Tom Ellis, Joe Spoletini, Peter Ens
Heather Pauls, Naomi Russell, Steven Byquist, Andrew Kuryk, Steven Wiebe
Michelle Sawatzky, Kirsten Brough, Craig Johnson, Scott Braun, Hugh Russell
Monica Huisman, Hillary Barteaux, Craig Johnson, Bruce Schulz
Melinda Enns, Ruth Broderson Funk, Craig Johnson, Bruce Schultz, Scott Braun
Mike Diehl, Allison Houston, Anne Marie Dyck, Sheldon Johnson, Mike Kaytor, Ariel Alcantara
Paul Camrass, Shauna Drayson, Nancy Enns, Donna Fletcher, Robert Fraser, John Gerwin, Glen Hickerson, Sheldon Johnson, Maria Loscerbo, Pamela Tetlock Johnson, Tiffany Wilson, Carolyn Robson, Marjorie Seaton
Winnifred Sim (Manitoba), Coordinator
John Standing (Manitoba), Conductor; Derek Morphy (Manitoba), Assistant Conductor