National Youth Choir

General Information

The National Youth Choir of Canada (NYC) is a biennial project of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities (ACCC). Singers between the ages of 18 and 25 are auditioned across the country to form the National Youth Choir.  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; and
  • providing training and rehearsals which culminate in performance opportunities and a tour in the host province.

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), Dr. Julian Wachner (2008), Dr. Victoria Meredith (2010), Ivars Taurins (2012) and Hilary Apfelstadt (2014.

National Youth Choir 2014

NYC, under the direction of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, director of Choral Programs at the University of Toronto, was hosted by Nova Scotia from Sunday, May 4 to Monday, May 19, 2014 inclusive. The choir rehearsed for 1 week in Halifax, Nova Scotia after which they commenced a week-long tour in the Maritime Provinces culminating with a Gala Concert at the ACCC conference Podium 2014 in Halifax.

National Youth Choir 2014 conducted by Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt in performance at St. Mary's Basilica, Halifax, NS  (Photo by Judy Porter, Judealou Photography) 

National Youth Choir 2014 conducted by Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt in performance at St. Mary's Basilica, Halifax, NS 
(Photo by Judy Porter, Judealou Photography) 

Auditions

The next auditions will be held in the fall of 2015.

National Youth Choir Conducting Apprenticeship Program

Choral Canada (ACCC) also sponsors the National Youth Choir Conducting Apprenticeship Program. More information can be found at the Choral Canada website.