Conducting Apprenticeship Program
Call for Applications 2014
The Association of Canadian Choral Communities is pleased to present the National Youth Choir of Canada/Choeur national des jeunes du Canada Conducting Apprenticeship Program. This program is made possible through the generous support of The Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation.
Initiated in 1998, the NYC/CNJ Conducting Apprenticeship Program offers a young conductor the opportunity to work with Canada's finest youth choir. The successful applicant will spend two weeks with the NYC/CNJ during rehearsals, performances and touring. Throughout the time period, the apprentice will have opportunities to study with one of Canada’s finest choral conductors, to observe rehearsals, to discuss choral techniques and to have some conducting opportunities in performance with the NYC/CNJ. Please note that all NYC/CNJ rehearsals will be conducted in English only; however bilingualism (English/French) is an asset.
The successful applicant must be a Canadian citizen (or landed immigrant), must not be older than 35 years as of the concluding date of the program (May 18, 2014), and must be a member of ACCC. He or she will demonstrate a keen desire to learn more about choral conducting at an advanced level. An independent selection committee will choose the successful applicant. Candidates must submit*:
- a letter of application (1-2 pages) explaining her/his desire to enter the apprenticeship program, what s/he would like to gain from the opportunity, how s/he intends to use this experience, and why s/he should be chosen;
- a detailed résumé outlining her/his choral conducting education and experience;
- a list of the repertoire conducted over the past 2-3 years;
- video footage (on DVD) showing 10-15 minutes of the candidate in rehearsal and 5-10 minutes of the candidate in performance;
- two letters of recommendation from established
conductors who know the candidate’s work well.
Thanks to the generous support of The Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation, there is no tuition for this program. The successful applicant will be responsible for transportation to and from NYC/CNJ (Halifax, NS) but local transportation, accommodation, and meals will be provided for the duration of the program.
*Please see the document NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR CONDUCTING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM 2014 APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS for full details on the submission of materials. Materials submitted in a format other than that described in this document will not be accepted.
Send the complete application to:
Association of Canadian Choral Communities
A-1422 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON M4G 3A7
Applications must be RECEIVED no later than October 1, 2013. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged. The successful applicant will be announced on or before December 1, 2013.
For more information, please contact the ACCC:
The Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation provides significant career development opportunities to young Canadian musicians and music scholars in their advanced education, and in so doing commemorates a great Canadian and his unique career. The Foundation’s Award is offered on a biennial basis across a wide range of areas of music through a competitive process that is national in scope. For more information see www.macmillanfoundation.com.