Ontario Youth Choir

The Ontario Youth Choir (OYC) is the province’s honour choir and an intensive 10-day summer training program for Ontario singers ages 16 to 23. The program is a chance to immerse yourself in the vital art form of choral singing as part of a large group of motivated and enthusiastic individuals.

The ultimate singing experience!

You will spend a week at one of the music faculties in Ontario, rehearsing with and learning from an eminent conductor and a professional faculty, and then go on a mini performance tour. Ontario Youth Choir program combines rehearsals, masterclasses, and private voice lessons with social events and activities to create an exceptional musical and educational experience.

What sets the OYC apart?

• The quality of music produced by the choir
• The vocal growth you experience in just one week
• The experience level of other choristers
• The intensity and the camaraderie
• The range and complexity of repertoire
• Performance opportunities throughout Ontario

 

"The Ontario Youth Choir is not just a summer music programme - it is a high level, musically demanding, and fully immersive choral experience. Ten days spent with OYC produce incredible growth in both vocal and choral techniques, not to mention performance skills, professionalism, and an expanded appreciation for choral talent across the province. I cherish my time spent with OYC and will forever consider it a cornerstone of my early choral experiences.” (OYC 2017 chorister)



Ontario Youth Choir Artistic Staff

Jon Washburn, Conductor

Choirs Ontario is thrilled to welcome Jon Washburn as the 2018 Ontario Youth Choir conductor. Instrumental in the early success of the Ontario Youth Choir, Jon Washburn is the long-time Conductor and Artistic Director of one of Canada’s leading choral ensembles, the Vancouver Chamber Choir. He is well known internationally for his mastery of choral technique and interpretation and travels widely as guest conductor, lecturer and clinician. The recipient of many awards, Jon Washburn is recognized for innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in the development of a professional choral art. Mr. Washburn announced his plans to retire from his role with VCC at the end of 2018/2019 season and we’re happy to have him lead the Ontario Youth Choir and pass on his immense experience before he retires from conducting altogether.

Kathryn Tremills, Collaborative Pianist

We are also excited to welcome back Kathryn Tremills as the Collaborative Pianist for the OYC 2018. Kathryn Tremills has been described as “A brilliant pianist, a performer of amazing technical artistry and mature virtuosity,” and “a remarkably perceptive and gifted musician.” In addition to an active performing career, Ms. Tremills teaches at the University of Toronto and is a faculty member of The Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy founded and directed by Dr. Darryl Edwards. She has also accompanied the Toronto Children’s Chorus led by Artistic Director, Elise Bradley.

Apply for an Audition

Looking to improve your vocal and choral techniques and performance skills this summer? Then Ontario Youth Choir is for you! The program is recognized and respected by music faculties across the province and beyond and has produced many notable alumni.

ALL CHORISTERS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 23 ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR AN AUDITION!

Admission to the Ontario Youth Choir is by audition (live or Skype). Choristers can apply for an OYC audition by submitting this form no later than TBD. Once the Application has been received, audition information will be sent to your email containing detailed audition instructions.

Singers are asked to prepare two contrasting solos and bring two copies of each. Memorization of the selections is recommended. Ear and sight-reading tests will be administered. $40 audition fee applies.

Choristers submit their audition materials online. The deadline to upload audition materials is tbd

APPLY FOR AN OYC AUDITION (online application form)
Acceptance letters will be emailed in late April. The registration fee is $695 payable after official acceptance into the choir. Bursaries are available. The OYC Roster will be announced in May.

OYC 2018’s conductor is Jon Washburn, Conductor and Artistic Director of Vancouver Chamber Choir.

Schedule Overview
10-16 Aug 2018 | Rehearsal Week (Toronto)
17-19 Aug 2018 | Mini Tour (Hamilton, Orillia, Toronto)

Recommend Choristers

The Ontario Youth Choir (OYC) is Ontario’s honour choir for outstanding choristers between the ages of 16 and 23, providing a unique opportunity for young choristers to immerse into the vital art form of choral singing as part of a large group of motivated and enthusiastic individuals.

EDUCATORS & CONDUCTORS ARE INVITED TO RECOMMEND EXEMPLARY CHORISTERS FOR AN AUDITION TO THE 2018 ONTARIO YOUTH CHOIR.

To recommend choristers, conductors/educators give a copy of the Invitation to Audition Letter and Intention to Audition Form to each recommended chorister. Conductors/educators are invited to recommend up to 8 choristers per choir. Choristers recommended for an audition are asked to complete the form and return it to their conductor/teacher. The conductor/teacher will then submit the Recommendation Form, attaching the Intention to Audition Form for each recommended chorister. The deadline to recommend choristers is TBD.

Once the Recommendation Form has been received, audition information will be sent by email to each recommended chorister with detailed audition instructions.

Singers are asked to prepare two contrasting solos and bring two copies of each. Memorization of the selections is recommended. Ear and sight-reading tests will be administered.

Choristers submit their audition materials online. The deadline to upload audition materials is TBD
RECOMMEND CHORISTERS FOR AN AYC AUDITION (online form where names can be submitted and Audition Forms uploaded).

The OYC Roster will be announced in May. The registration fee is $695 payable after official acceptance into the choir. Bursaries are available.

OYC 2018’s conductor is Jon Washburn, Conductor and Artistic Director of Vancouver Chamber Choir.

Schedule Overview
10-16 Aug 2018 | Rehearsal Week (Toronto)
17-19 Aug 2018 | Mini Tour (Hamilton, Orillia, Toronto)

Conducting Internship

An opportunity to work with OYC guest conductor and the Ontario Youth Choir taking place in August of every year. Two successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with OYC in rehearsals, conduct selected repertoire, participate in individual lessons, and mentor with the OYC conductor. The development of practical skills is an important part of the programme and participants will have the opportunity of working with the choir in rehearsal and performance. Participants will stay in residence with the Ontario Youth Choir and travel with the group during its tour around south Ontario.

Applicants must have completed their undergraduate music degree or equivalent and have received conductor training as part of their education.

Each conductor’s responsibilities include studying and learning the scores before arriving and working with others to make the Ontario Youth Choir experience a valuable one for all. The fee of $695.00 includes accommodation, tour travel, meals, conducting lessons, and masterclasses. Conductors are responsible for their travel costs to and from OYC location.

Application requirements and procedure:

  • application form (filled out online?)
  • letter of interest
 CV outlining the candidate’s choral conducting experience and education
  • letter of recommendation
  • DVD recording of approximately 20 minutes with conducting footage
  • application fee of $40

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Deadline to apply is May 1, 2019

Acceptance letters will be sent via email at the end of May or early June.