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
Vicki St. Pierre, Conductor
Choirs Ontario is thrilled to welcome Dr. Vicki St. Pierre as the 2019 Ontario Youth Choir conductor. An alumni of the Ontario Youth Choir, Vicki has a knack for getting the best out of her singers. Dr. St. Pierre is Assistant Professor at Mount Allison University and highly sought after as a soloist, adjudicator, and pedagogical expert.
Kathryn Tremills, Collaborative Pianist
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. OYC 2019’s conductor is Dr. Vicki St. Pierre, Assistant Professor at Mount Allison University.
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). Once application materials have 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 March 22, 2019. Acceptance letters will be emailed in late April. The registration fee is $795 payable after official acceptance into the choir.
In-person auditions are held in Toronto on March 29 (6-10 pm) and March 30 (9am – 3pm). Ottawa auditions (late March) will be confirmed once applications have been received. Applicants not able to travel to those locations will be auditioned via Skype.
Schedule Overview 9-15 Aug 2019 | Rehearsal Week (London, ON) 16-18 Aug 2019 | Mini Tour (London, Goderich, Toronto)
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 2019 ONTARIO YOUTH CHOIR.
To recommend choristers, conductors/educators give a copy of the Invitation to Audition Letter 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 their audition registration online by going to “Apply for an Audition” section. The deadline to upload audition materials is March 22, 2019.
Once the application materials have been received, audition information will be sent by email to each recommended chorister with detailed 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.
The OYC Roster will be announced in May. The registration fee is $795 payable after official acceptance into the choir. Bursaries are available.
The Conductor Internship Programme runs every summer in conjunction with the Ontario Youth Choir and provides opportunity for emerging choral conductors to work with a renowned guest conductor and provincial honour choir. Two successful applicants work closely under the guidance of guest conductor, directing choir in rehearsals, sectionals, conduct selected repertoire, participating in master classes and more. The program offers mentorships as well as hands-on podium experience and development of practical skills. Other responsibilities may include (location permitting) assisting with repertoire selection, chorister auditions, and participating in OYC’s outreach events.
Conducting Interns will stay in residence with the Ontario Youth Choir and travel with the group during its tour around southern Ontario (London, Goderich (billeted) and Toronto). In 2019, participants will work under conductor Vicki St. Pierre at Western University from August 9 to 18, 2019.
Applicants must be Ontario residents, 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 $795.00 includes conducting lessons and masterclasses, sheet music, residence accommodation, meals, tour travel and a concert recording. Conductors are responsible for their travel costs to and from the program location.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15, 2019
Deadline to apply is February 15, 2019
Acceptance letters will be sent via email in early March.