Friday, May 13, 2016

National Youth Choir of Canada - Class of 2016

Photo Composite by Nanc Price Photography.

Over forty singers have traveled across Canada to be a part of the National Youth Choir of Canada for Podium Conference and Festival hosted in Edmonton, AB from May 19-22, 2016. These choristers have spent the last week at the University of Augustana in Camrose rehearsing for their upcoming seven concert tour through Alberta. Their opening concert is tonight in Camrose and they will tour until their final performance at Podium Conference and Festival. After rehearsing for over 20 hours this past week with up to 4 rehearsals a day, these choristers are now packing up their things and driving to audiences all throughout Alberta. It is no easy feat to be a National Youth Choir chorister, they need to submit audition applications to their provincial choir association and some have to be members of their provincial youth choir before being able to apply.

I'm sure this past week has been an incubator of emotions where they have been able to experience the extreme highs and lows from working in an intensive atmosphere and socializing with choral friends form across the country. I can see the the lone chorister still sitting in their seat long after the other choristers have gone on break to run through some tricky lines holding their tuning fork, I can hear the frustrated internal self talk moments of "I can't believe I did that again!" during a run-through and the scratch of pencil circling the notes, I can see the nod of satisfaction to a fellow chorister when they finally get the tricky run after many attempts, I can also hear the laughs of choristers as they chat over dinner and drinks. All of these snapshots contribute to this intensive musical experience.

In order to send these choristers off on a welcoming note, I wanted to showcase these singers individually but still as a collective. Enjoy the interactive image above since it'll display the biography of each chorister as well as the province they are representing in the National Youth Choir of Canada. Hopefully, this picture will serve as a snapshot in time, the National Youth Choir of Canada/Choeur national des jeunes du Canada, Class of 2016.

2016 National Youth Choir of Canada

Camrose, AB
Presented by The University of Alberta – Augustana
Friday, May 13th, 2016 – 7:30pm
K Glen Johnson Faith and Life Chapel, Augustana Campus
Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors/Children
Available at the door

Red Deer, AB
Presented by Lindsay Thurber Music Parents’ Society and Choral Singers Unite Society
Saturday, May 14th, 2016 – 7:30pm
Gaetz Memorial United Church, 4759 50 Street
Tickets: $15 each
Available from Lisa Friesen 403-872-7325 /

Hanna, AB
Presented by Front Row Centre
Sunday, May 15th, 2016 – 7:30pm
Hanna Community Centre, 503 4 Street West
Tickets: $15 Adults; $10 Youth (under 16) / Senior
Available at For Your Soles, Warwicks Home Hardware, or call Peggy 403-854-0068

Medicine Hat, AB
Presented by Society of Friends of the Monarch Theatre
Monday, May 16th, 2016 – 7:30pm
Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church, 476 4 St. SE
Tickets: $25 each
Available by calling Judy at 403-952-7796 /

Calgary, AB
Presented by Spiritus Chamber Choir
Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 – 7:30pm
Knox United Church, 506 4 St SW
Tickets: $25 Regular; $20 Student/Senior; FREE Admission Youth under age 25. Call (403) 922-7021 by May 16
Tickets can be purchased through,, and at the door
Call 403-922-7021 for more information.

Hinton, AB
Presented by the Foothills Male Chorus and Spirit of the Rockies Women's Choir
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 – 7:30pm
Gateway Community Church, 101 Douglas Drive
Tickets: $20 each
Available at Hinton Library, The Old Grind, or call 780-740-5399

Edmonton, AB
Presented by 2016 Podium Choral Conference & Festival
Friday, May 20th, 2016 – 8:00pm
Winspear Centre, Enmax Hall, 102nd Ave & 99th St
Tickets: $32 Regular
Available via Tix On The Square / 780-420-1757


Halifax Camerata Singers said...

What a wonderful way to introduce these incredible, young musicians to the rest of the Podium conference! I can't wait to hear them in concert.

Anonymous said...

wonder what they will be singing...