Conductor Training Programme

2017 Conductor Training Programme

The Experience

The Conductor Training Programme is an intensive 10-day opportunity offering training and experience for emerging young conductors with some of Canada’s finest choral leaders. This year, participants will work under internationally renowned master conductor Elise Bradley as part of the Ontario Youth Choir intensive summer programme at the Carleton University in Ottawa from August 11 to 20, 2017.

Successful applicants will observe all choir rehearsals, conduct selected repertoire, participate in individual lessons, and mentor with conductor Elise Bradley. 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 (Ottawa, Cobourg and Toronto).

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

The Commitment

Each conductor’s responsibilities include studying and learning the scores before arriving in Ottawa 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 Ottawa. 


Elise Bradley, now in her tenth year as Artistic Director of the Toronto Children’s Chorus, has firmly established herself as one of Canada’s outstanding choral conductors and is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor both nationally and internationally. Though perhaps best known for her work with the treble voices of the TCC, she has also conducted both mixed voice youth choirs and treble choirs at the college and/or secondary school level for more than three decades. 

From 2000 to 2007, Ms. Bradley conducted the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir, a mixed voice choir of 54 auditioned singers from throughout New Zealand. (This choir compares to Ontario’s OYC in its goal to provide a level of excellence in choral music rarely achieved by school students.) In 2004, the choir toured to the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon, and then to the International Choral Kathaumixw in British Columbia. In Canada, the choir received three first place awards, earning more awards than any other choir in the history of the competition - a record which still stands. In 2006, the choir competed in the Hong Kong International Youth and Children’s Festival, where it took the top award and won the title, “The World’s Choir”.

Within Canada, Ms. Bradley has conducted mixed voice youth and adult choirs, including the young men of the Grande Prairie Youth Choir and Men of Note, the Manitoba School Honour Choir, the Youth Choir Camp for the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, and Camerata Singers.

Ms. Bradley is especially excited that OYC will be held in our Nation’s Capital during our sesquicentennial year! She is looking forward to sharing music from the Maori traditions of New Zealand as well as wonderful repertoire from Canadian and New Zealand composers.

The Application

To apply, please submit an application package that includes the information below, along with the application fee of $20 to Choirs Ontario, 626 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON  M5S 2R1. 

To apply, please complete and send this form, a letter of interest, a CV outlining conducting experience and education, one letter of recommendation, a list of repertoire conducted, a DVD recording with conducting footage (see back panel for details), and application fee of $20 to the Choirs Ontario office by May 1, 2017. Acceptance letters will be mailed by end of May. 

Application deadline: The application is now closed.