National Youth Choir


About National Youth Choir (NYC) of Canada

Every two years, singers between the ages of 18 and 25 are auditioned across the country to form the National Youth Choir. Initiated in 1984, the choir has won critical acclaim across Canada since its inception. Some of the finest Canadian choral conductors have been invited to conduct the choir. The NYC has performed at all Podium, Choral Canada’s national choral conference, since 1984 and also at the 1993 World Symposium on Choral Music in Vancouver. NYC concerts have been broadcast nationally on the CBC Stereo Network.

The National Youth Choir has been under the direction of John Standing (1984), Jon Washburn (1986), Wayne Riddell (1988), James Fankhauser (1990), Elmer Iseler (1992), Diane Loomer (1994), Robert Cooper (1996), Iwan Edwards (1998), Leonard Ratzlaff (2000), Lydia Adams (2002), Kathryn Laurin (2004), Richard Sparks (2006), Julian Wachner (2008), Victoria Meredith (2010), Ivars Taurins (2012) and Hilary Apfelstadt (2014).

2016 National Youth Choir

Dates: May 7 – 22, 2016

Conductor:  Michael Zaugg.

Michael Zaugg

Michael Zaugg


Support the National Youth Choir 2016 


NYC Singers and Auditions

Each province and territory can select four singers (one per voice part) to make up the National Youth Choir. Interested in auditioning? Please read the INFORMATION FOR SINGERS form and find out who to contact in your province or territory. You may be asked to fill out the SINGER AUDITION APPLICATION FORM.

If you are a selected singer for NYC, the Choral Canada office will be in touch with you to set up registration. Congratulations!

Need help? Contact Choral Canada’s office at or 647.606.2467.

NYC Alumni

 As of 2014, there are 636 NYC alumni! Many have gone onto successful careers as leaders in choral music and beyond. 

Are you an NYC alum? We want to keep in touch with you about our cherished NYC program, possible alumni events, latest news, and more. Please fill out this quick and easy survey to update your information. Thank you!


Highlights from the 1988, 1990 and 1992 editions of the NYC are available on CD from Choral Canada at a cost of $18 per CD (postage and handling included). 


Choral Canada and the Sir Ernest MacMillan Foundation also sponsor the National Youth Choir Conducting Apprenticeship Program.


Read “Words to Sing and Live By: “Cool Head, Warm Heart”, an article about the NYC experience written by Andrea Ellis (NYC 2012) on Incanto, the Choral Canada Student Chapter blog.

National Youth Choir 2014 conducted by Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt in performance at St. Mary’s Basilica, Halifax, NS
(Photo by Judy Porter, Judealou Photography).