National Youth Choir


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 conferences since 1984 and 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, 2015

Conductor:  Michael Zaugg.

Michael Zaugg

Michael Zaugg


Support the National Youth Choir 2016 


Four singers from each province will be selected to form the NYC. 
For information on auditioning and costs, contact your provincial federation or e-mail NYC Programme Chair Tim Callahan-Cross [tim (at) nscf (dot) ns (dot) ca] 

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 sponsors 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).