Every 2 years, some of Canada's best young singers gather together for 2 weeks of intensive training, professional development, rehearsals and an exciting tour that culminates with a feature performance at PODIUM.
Auditions are now open for the next edition of the National Youth Choir of Canada, and we encourage singers aged 19-26 from across Canada to consider applying before the October 15th deadline. The NYCC is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. We strive to create an environment in which all people participating may flourish. We welcome auditions from all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or economic status. More information and details about the program as well as the application process can be found on our auditions page.
We recently spoke with Dr. Jamie Hillman, an NYCC 2022 alumnus who shared about some of his experiences, and he ended with this advice to anyone thinking of auditioning:
As part of Choral Canada's ongoing commitment to provide professional development opportunities to the members of the NYCC, we are pleased to bring a new Mentorship Pilot Project to the 2022 choristers. Supported by the Azrieli Foundation, this fantastic chance to connect with professionals in the world of choral music in Canada and group singing (including singers, conductors, educators, administrators and more) will be made available to all NYCC singers starting in January 2022.
The application process for mentors is NOW OPEN. If you are currently working in the choral arts sector in Canada in a professional capacity and are interested in mentoring a young singer, please consider applying. Matching mentors with choristers will take place after NYCC 2022 auditions have been completed in the Fall of 2021.
Choral Canada is pleased to welcome Irene Gregorio, DMA to the artistic staff of the NYCC 2022 as the collaborative pianist for the rehearsal week and tour.
Dr. Gregorio enjoys a diverse and active musical life as a pianist, educator, and music director. As a pianist and chamber musician, she has collaborated in recital with members of the LA Phil and San Francisco Symphonies. She has served as pianist for the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California Chamber Singers, among others. Her performances as a collaborative pianist have taken her throughout North America, Europe, Cuba, and the Philippines, and she has also appeared on PBS, CBC Radio 2, and on film soundtracks in the LA area. Dr. Gregorio has over 15 years of experience in the university setting, serving as a staff/faculty in collaborative piano at the campuses of the California State University, East Bay and Los Angeles. She earned her DMA at the University of Southern California and recently returned home to Canada, where she serves as the Director of Music Ministry at Dublin St. United Church, and Sessional Instructor of Piano at the University of Guelph.
Have you ever wondered what happens after the NYCC program? Where do the singers go, how does this experience impact their lives? The NYCC Alumni Committee is happy to share one such story. Dr. Jamie Hillman, alumnus of the 2002 choir, shares some reflections on his time spent singing and learning with the National Youth Choir.
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Are you an NYCC alumna/us or know someone who is? Connect with Alumni committee here, or email [email protected] for more information.
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