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).

NYC 2020

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. All information and news for NYCC can be found here.

National Youth Choir 2018 under the direction of Jeff Joudrey

National Youth Choir 2018 under the direction of Jeff Joudrey


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
Musaico/Ecco Singers
Prairie Voices
University of Manitoba Choirs
Winnipeg Beer Choir

National Youth Choir Participants from Manitoba 1984-2018

2018 Singers
Katharina Unruh, Erika Rasmussen, Charlie Carrier

2016 Singers
Katie Trussler, Erika Rasmussen, Clint MacLachlan, John Anderson

2014 Singers
Aliah Nelson, Emma Lytle, Ben Erickson, Connor Lavell

2012 Singers
Andrea Lett, Victoria Marshall, Michael Dueck, Kevin Brouwer
Robert Neufeld (Manitoba), Coordinator                                                

2010 Singers
Annelise Hawrylak, Sara Clefstad, Geung Lee, Stephen Haiko, Ben Campbell
Robert Neufeld (Manitoba), Coordinator; Madeline Hildebrand (Manitoba), Pianist

2008 Singers
Kendra McFarland, Carrie Hall, Geung Lee, Byung Yoon, Scott Reimer

2006 Singers
Kendra Fallis, Lynn Siemens, Byung Yoon, Chad Froese

2004 Singers
Kendra Fallis, Gloria Kauenhowen, Jay Dirks, Chad Froese
Elizabeth Grant (Manitoba), Coordinator; Kara Dixon (Manitoba), Pianist

2002 Singers
Andrea Enns, Kim Bickerton, Craig Schapansky, Jereme Wall

2000 Singers
Kristel Peters, Jennifer Reynolds, Curtis Dueck, Marco Vicente

1998 Singers
Sandy Jasper, Karla Ferguson, Dan Peasgood, Curtis Dueck, Jonathan Zantingh

1996 Singers
Naomi Dueck, Naomi Russell, Tom Ellis, Joe Spoletini, Peter Ens

1994 Singers
Heather Pauls, Naomi Russell, Steven Byquist, Andrew Kuryk, Steven Wiebe

1992 Singers
Michelle Sawatzky, Kirsten Brough, Craig Johnson, Scott Braun, Hugh Russell

1990 Singers
Monica Huisman, Hillary Barteaux, Craig Johnson, Bruce Schulz

1988 Singers
Melinda Enns, Ruth Broderson Funk, Craig Johnson, Bruce Schultz, Scott Braun

1986 Singers
Mike Diehl, Allison Houston, Anne Marie Dyck, Sheldon Johnson, Mike Kaytor, Ariel Alcantara

1984 Singers
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