2017 Ontario Youth Choir


The 2017 Ontario Youth Choir Report

The Ontario Youth Choir 2017, with Elise Bradley as conductor and Kathryn Tremills as collaborative pianist, has completed its mini tour of southwest Ontario, culminating in a grand finale concert in Toronto at Grace Church on-the-Hill on August 20th. The choir’s final performance was the culmination of ten days of intensive training that included daily rehearsals, private voice lessons, and masterclasses. 

Choirs Ontario is grateful to the very special artistic team - Elise Bradley, conductor; Kathryn Tremills, collaborative pianist; Sandra Graham and David MacAdam, vochal coaches; Virginie Pacheco and Dan Ryan, intern conductors for making the 2017 Ontario Youth Choir a great success. The artistic staff of the Ontario Youth Choir demonstrated an exceptional degree of expertise and musicianship and provided the choir with a rich, inspirational experience. The choristers achieved a high level of musical knowledge and were deeply grateful for the opportunity of participating. 

The repertoire presented featured choral music from around the world and across the centuries, including many notable Canadian works.

The Ontario Youth Choir presents the best young singers in the province to enthusiastic audiences.  It gives gifted student musicians from towns and cities around Ontario, an opportunity to perform, sometimes for the first time, with others who have attained the same amazingly high standard. But most importantly, OYC experience creates connections which will last much longer than the music.

Thank you to our camp manager, David Hunter, and two wonderful chaperones, Chelsea Roy and Taylor Gibbs, for assisting us with the 2017 Ontario Youth Choir program. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Pre-registration for the 2018 Ontario Youth Choir is now open. Email info@choirsontario.org if you or a young singer you know might be interested in auditioning. Audition applications will be available on our website in November. 

We would like to thank the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival for their assistance in presenting Ottawa concert. We would also like to express our thanks to Wallace Clement, Dean; Brian Foss, Director, School for Studies in Art & Culture; and James Wright, Professor & Supervisor of Performance Studies, Carleton University for generous support of the 2017 Ontario Youth Choir.

Choirs Ontario is deeply grateful to the Oriana Singers and Safe Harbour Chamber Choir for hosting the choir in Cobourg.

Ontario Youth Choir Fundraising Campaign Update: 

With our online CanadaHelps campaign coming to an end, we are very grateful for all of your support towards the Ontario Youth Choir. We have raised a total of $5,100.00 in online and offline donations to help offset camp and concert production expenses.  

Many alumni tell us that the Ontario Youth Choir experience was a pivotal moment in their lives.

“Ontario Youth Choir has been the opportunity of a lifetime for me.”

“This year’s choir was incredible beyond possible explanation.... and I feel like I learned more in this week about musicality, performance, and professionalism than ever before”.

Your gift has helped to create another memorable musical experience for young choral singers in the province of Ontario; an experience that will last a lifetime.

A special thank you to Gerald and Marlene Fagan for providing the
Marlene and Gerald Fagan Bursary
and supporting the conductor’s challenge campaign.

The Ontario Youth Choir gratefully acknowledges support from Choirs Ontario members and donors, the TD Bank Group, The Ottawa Community Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Foundation, The Vern and Frieda Heinrichs Foundation, The J.P. Bickell Foundation and the Flora Morrison Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation.