UPDATE: DUE TO COVID-19 THE 2020 OYC SEASON HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2021. ALL AUDITIONS ARE CANCELLED
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
Robert Filion, Conductor
Choirs Ontario is thrilled to welcome Robert Filion as the 2021 Ontario Youth Choir conductor. Robert Filion’s choirs are celebrated across Canada, earning top awards at the local, provincial and national level. His vocal ensembles at the Centre d’excellence artistique de l’Ontario (École De La Salle) have won six national championships and can be regular heard on the CBC and Radio-Canada.
Collaborative Pianist TBA
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 2021’s conductor will be Robert Filion.
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.
UPDATE: DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS, ALL AUDITIONS ARE NOW BY VIDEO SUBMISSION. DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BY VIEWING THE DOCUMENT LINKED BELOW. $40 audition fee applies.
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 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.
Once the application materials have been received, audition information will be sent by email to each recommended chorister with detailed instructions.
The OYC Roster will be announced in May. The registration fee is $850 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. The 2020 OYC Season has been postponed. In 2021, participants will work under conductor Robert Filion.
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 $850.00 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.