A project of / Un projet of ACCC In collaboration with / en collaboration avec
The Association of Canadian
Choral Communities presents the 2013 edition of the
celebrated National Competition for Canadian Amateur
Choirs, in collaboration with the Canada Council for the
Arts, CBC Music and Festival 500: Sharing the Voices.
A treasured Canadian choral tradition, the prestigious ACCC National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs inspires choirs to strive for excellence, provides visibility for amateur choirs of all types and traditions, and encourages the creation and performance of Canadian works. The Competition is open to all Canadian amateur choirs and attracts diverse participants from coast to coast.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the top performances in 11 categories for youth, adult, children’s, collegiate, men’s, women’s, pan-cultural and contemporary choirs. The choir with the Best Performance of a Canadian Work in any category will also receive a cash prize of $1000.
The prestigious Canada Council for the Arts Healey Willan Grand Prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the choir who gives the finest overall performance in musicianship, technique and program. Previous recipients rank among Canada’s finest amateur choirs: most recently, the Vancouver Cantata Singers (2011) and the Halifax Camerata Singers (2010).
CBC Music will play an exciting role in the 2013 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, thanks to their new free digital music service cbcmusic.ca. Each choir will create a CBC Music artist page where they will upload their audio entries — available not only to the competition jury, but to the general Canadian public — encouraging audiences from coast to coast to listen online and engage with the participating choirs, and increasing national awareness for choral music in Canada. Links to each competitor’s CBC artist page and competition audio will be available from the ACCC’s National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs portal page.
A jury consisting of five of Canada’s leading choral experts will adjudicate the entries and select up to 3 national finalists in each category. National finalists will be announced on June 1, 2013. The winners will be announced at a feature concert at Festival 500 Sharing the Voices, a celebrated international non-competitive festival of choral music that takes place in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The 2013 edition of Festival 500 Sharing the Voices runs from July 3-10, 2013.
Outstanding performances from all participants will be featured on CBC Radio 2's Choral Concert in the weeks leading up to the prize announcements. In the weeks that follow, select performances of the winners will be given a special focus.
The National Competition of Canadian Amateur Choirs is a signature program of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities, Canada’s national service organization for choirs and the choral community.
Extended Entry Deadline: April 15, 2013
will be available on the ACCC’s CBC Music
for Canadian Amateur Choirs Winners 2010