Choral Canada—celebrating and championing choral music for all CanadiansChoral 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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News2014 ACCC Competition for Choral Writing Winner Announced
ACCC is pleased to announce that Matthew Emery has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Competition for Choral Writing and the recipient of the Diane Loomer Award of $1500. Matthew’s composition, “The Lover’s Chant”, will be published by Cypress Music and premiered by the 2014 National Youth Choir/Chœur National des Jeunes, conducted by Hilary Apfelstadt, at PODIUM 2014 in Halifax, NS this May.
Matthew Emery (b.1991) is a Canadian composer whose music has been performed across North America, Europe and Asia. His music has also been broadcast on national television and radio. Matthew is the 2013 ACDA Raymond W. Brock composition winner. Emery's choral works have been performed by renowned vocal ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pro Coro Canada, Canadian Chamber Choir, Da Capo Chamber Choir, choirs at the University of Louisville, University of Manitoba, University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia, Amabile Choirs, Ontario Youth Choir and the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. Matthew studied with Dr. Stephen Chatman at the University of British Columbia and is published by: Alliance Music Publications, GIA Publications, G. Schirmer, Pavane Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Matthew is a member of the Canadian League of Composers.
For more information please visit http:// composermatthewemery.wordpress.com/
The Association of Canadian Choral Communities encourages and supports the composition of new choral works by emerging Canadian composers. Previous winners of the competition include Donald Patriquin, Lavinia Kell Parker, Brian Tate, Jeff Smallman, Allan Bevan, Michael Unger, Ramona Luengen, David Scott Lytle & Elise Letourneau. The deadline for the 2016 ACCC Competition for Choral Writing is November 1, 2015.
Advocacy: Make Your Voice Heard
A letter expressing our concern regarding the recent cutbacks which have affected Choral Concert on CBC Radio Two has been sent to Mark Steinmetz, Director, Music Programming for CBC. The letter, which you are welcome to use as a model may be viewed here. The board of Choral Canada encourages you to add your voice to the chorus. Letters should be sent to the following address with an e-mail copy to the Choral Canada office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Music Programming—English Services
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
P.O. Box 500, Station A
Toronto, ON M5W 1E6
NoteworthyWho will conduct the National Youth Choir in 2016?
Since its establishment in 1984, the National Youth Choir of Canada has been conducted by some of our country’s most esteemed conductors. Choral Canada is now accepting nominations for the conductor of the 2016 National Youth Choir. Nominations are due on April 1, 2014, and the successful candidate will be announced at Podium in May. See Search Guidelines and Nomination Form.
2014 Call for Nominations ACCC Board of Directors
ACCC is seeking nominations for three board positions: President Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, and Vice-President Communications. We encourage and welcome nominees who broadly represent Canada’s diverse choral communities: choristers, industry representatives, composers, administrators, conductors, and educators, from a variety of professional and choral backgrounds.
Nominations should be sent to Past President Ki Adams, Chair Nominations Committee, by email: email@example.com. The deadline for receiving nominations is March 15, 2014.
More information here.
Podium 2014 Choralscapes Paysages Chorals
Bring your song! Halifax 15-18 May 2014
Podium 2014 is just months away and we are delighted to announce that our keynote ‘Music of the Spheres’, featuring the renowned Amadeus Choir, will include text and digital media by Roberta Bondar and opening remarks by Canadian astronaut and music advocate Chris Hadfield.
The website is open for business—www.podium2014.ca—so you can start to make your plans. Check out the schedule of concerts, see the list of sessions, read about the presenters and the choirs, reserve your accommodation, and explore all the wonderful things you can do in Halifax in the spring. With 1200 choristers and 250 delegates, Halifax will be awash with heavenly music!