Choral Canada—celebrating and championing choral music for all Canadians

Choral Canada is the national voice of the Canadian choral community, representing and uniting a network of conductors, educators, composers, administrators, choral industry leaders, and more than 40,000 choral singers from coast to coast to coast. Choral Canada advocates for Canadian choral music and musicians and encourages excellence in the choral art through our programs, including the National Youth Choir (NYC) the NYC Conducting Apprenticeship, Podium (Canada’s national choral conference and festival), and the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. By connecting choral communities with information, resources for professional development, and advocacy tools, Choral Canada inspires greater awareness of choral singing across the nation.

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National Choral Award Recipients 2014

Choral Canada is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the National Choral Awards which were presented by outgoing president, Jeff Joudrey, on May 18, during the closing banquet for Podium in Halifax.

Outstanding Choral Publication
Vocal Technique: A Guide for Conductors, Teachers and Singers by Julia Davids; published by Waveland Press (2012)

Outstanding Choral Work
Open Road by James Rolfe

Outstanding Choral Recording
Let Us Keep the Feast: Music for the Church Year, University of King’s College Chapel Choir; Paul Halley, conductor

SouNZsCApes: From our Lands, Toronto Children’s Chorus; Elise Bradley, conductor

Outstanding Innovation (formerly Outstanding or Innovative Sponsorship)
Music of the Spheres. On the eve of Earth Day 2012, the Ontario Science Centre in collaboration with the Amadeus Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers presented Music of the Spheres: A Fusion of Music, Art and Science. Celebrating Roberta Bondar’s 20th anniversary of flight in space, her photographic explorations were interwoven with the sounds of the Amadeus Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers for a performance of two world premieres: Light in the Darkness—The Earth Sings by Lydia Adams (text by Roberta Bondar) and Geometry of Light by Jason Jestadt (text by Carole H. Leckner).

Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation
Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year and Other Works for Chorus and Keyboard by Brendan Lord.

Distinguished Service Award
John Barron (London, Ontario), conductor, teacher, composer, author, editor, arranger, and administrator

Student Writing Award – Undergraduate (Established in 2010)
There were no nominations in this category.

The National Choral Awards program was established in 1988 to honour outstanding contributions to Canadian choral music. The awards are presented publicly every two years during our national conference, Podium, to honour and celebrate excellence in achievements during the previous two seasons.



We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $154 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. 

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 154 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.