Announcing the 2017 Ontario Youth Choir
August 11 to 20, 2017
Elise Bradley, Conductor
Tour details are to be announced at a later date.
Calling young singers from across the province! Join in for an unforgettable experience: fun, friendship, and exceptional training with extraordinary professionals.
Application Deadline: February 27, 2017
Download OYC Brochure HERE.
2017 Artistic Staff
Elise Bradley, Conductor
Elise Bradley, conductor of The Toronto Children’s Chorus since 2007, has firmly established herself as one of Canada’s outstanding choral conductors. She is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor in Canada and beyond its borders. Though she is known in Canada mostly for her work with the treble voices of the TCC, since 1981 she has conducted both mixed voice youth choirs and treble choirs at the college and/or secondary school level.
From 2000 to 2007 Ms. Bradley conducted the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir (NZSSC), 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, USA and then to the International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada. In Canada the choir took three first place awards (Mixed Voice Adult Choir, Youth Choir and Folk & Cultural Traditions), earning more awards than any other choir in any year of competition over the history of the competition, a record which still stands. In 2006 the choir competed in the Hong Kong International Youth & Children’s Festival where it took the top award and won the title “The World’s Choir”. Following this the choir traveled to Xiamen, China, where it competed in the World Choir Games, gaining a Gold Award (Champion Mixed Voice Youth Choir) and a Silver Award (Folk and Ethnic Music). Significantly, 148 choirs performed during the first week of these ‘olympics’ and of these only 8 received championship awards.
Within Canada, Ms. Bradley has guest 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, and the Youth Choir Camp for the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, the Halifax Camerata Singers.
Ms. Bradley is thrilled to have been selected as the conductor of OYC 2017 and especially excited that OYC will be held in our Nation’s Capital during our sesquicentennial year! .
Vocal Choaches, TBA
The Ontario Youth Choir gratefully acknowledges support from Choirs Ontario members and donors, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, The Vern and Frieda Heinrichs Foundation, and the Flora Morrison Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation.