2016 Ontario Youth Choir

Ontario Youth Choir

Application Deadline Extended to March 4, 2016!


Each summer, 40 choristers between the ages of 16 and 23 are chosen from across the province to participate in the Ontario Youth Choir. Under the guidance of acclaimed professional musicians, the singers are challenged with exciting repertoire and a rigorous enriched curriculum. Each day combines rehearsals, masterclasses, and private vocal lessons with social events and activities to create an exceptional musical experience. OYC is an unforgettable experience that provides extraordinary training with Canada's finest choral conductors. Now in its 44th year, the Ontario Youth Choir boasts over 1,300 alumni who continue to enrich their communities as choristers, conductors, soloists, accompanists, composers, and educators.

The 2016 Ontario Youth Choir programme runs from August 12 to 21, 2016. The choir will train and reside on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto before embarking on a three-city tour culminating in a final performance in Toronto on August 21, 2016.

The Ontario Youth Choir gratefully acknowledges support from Choirs Ontario members and donors, the Flora Morrison Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation, the Vern and Frieda Heinrichs Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.


The Conductor





This year, the Ontario Youth Choir will be led by one of Canada’s foremost choral musicians, Robert Cooper. Mr. Cooper is Artistic Director of the Orpheus Choir of Toronto, Chorus Niagara, the Opera in Concert Chorus, and the newly created Ontario Male Chorus. He has taught at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, and has had the honour of conducting the National Youth Choir of Canada, the Ontario Youth Choir (1979, 2007), and a Celebration of Canadian Choral Music at Carnegie Hall. As a superb choral trainer and conductor, Mr. Cooper has provided strong artistic mentoring to singing youth in the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, as well as the Orpheus Choir Sidgwick Scholars Program, influencing over 2,000 young adult singers.

In addition to his work with choirs, Mr. Cooper has been involved with the presentation of more than 150 operas and has conducted symphony orchestras in Halifax, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Orchestra London, opera companies in Victoria, Ottawa and Winnipeg as well as Toronto Operetta Theatre and Opera in Concert. Over his career Mr Cooper has prepared choruses for many international conductors including Helmuth Rilling, Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, and the late Robert Shaw and Elmer Iseler.  As well as having been a regular member of the Jury for the international choral competition Let The Peoples Sing, he has adjudicated the 2010 World Choral Games in Shaoxing China and the Cincinnati 2012 World Choral Games. He has served as President of both Choirs Ontario and the Association of Canadian Choral Communities, sat on the Board of Directors of Chorus America, and is currently on the Advisory Board of the International Federation of Choral Music and the World Choir Council.  Recipient of the St. Catharines’ Trillium Arts Award, Robert Cooper has also received an Honorary Doctorate from Brock University, the Order of Canada as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his significant contribution to the Canadian choral community.




The Artistic Staff

Edward Moroney, pianist

Edward Moroney pursues his eclectic career as a church musician, accompanist, composer and vocal coach in Toronto. He is the accompanist for the Orpheus Choir of Toronto, and a tutor and accompanist for three choirs at York Univ,. A graduate of the Univ. of Toronto in composition and vocal music education, he studied with Talivaldis Kenins, John Beckwith, Derek Holman, Oskar Morawetz and Lloyd Bradshaw. When a chorister at St. Michael’s Cathedral, he studied organ with Victor Togni, and at the university with Dr. Charles Peaker and Douglas Bodle.

Mr. Moroney is a former organ-scholar of St. Chad’s College, Durham University (UK), and is a fellow of several learned societies and British music colleges. Throughout many years of accompanying, he has been associated with the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, the COC, the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, the Univ. of Toronto Women’s Chorus, and the Opera in Concert Chorus. He has performed with many distinguished conductors, including Robert Cooper (30 years), Lloyd Bradshaw, Elmer Iseler, Martin Neary, John Rutter and Robert Sund, both in master classes, festivals, tours, operas, concerts and broadcasts.

In 1973 he was awarded the first Leslie Bell Choral Conducting Scholarship (Ontario Arts Council). He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), the Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), and is a Knight Commander of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (KCHS), Holy See (2015). Mr. Moroney has been the Director of Music and Organist at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Toronto since 1998.

In the summer of 2007, Mr. Moroney was pleased to accompany the Ontario Youth Choir, under the conductorship of Robert Cooper, and at the 2008 International Festival of Men & Boys’ Choirs in Prague. He accompanied the Black Creek Festival Chorus in 2011. This summer he will once again accompany the Ontario Youth Choir in concerts.

Elizabeth McDonald, vocal coach

Soprano Elizabeth McDonald is having a diverse career as a performer and teacher. As a young artist with both the Santa Fe Opera and the Canadian Opera Company, Elizabeth understudied and performed a number of major roles including Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo, The Woman in Schoenberg’s Erwartung, Miss Jessel in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, and Jenufa in Janecek’s Jenufa. She has appeared with the National Ballet Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and the Kingston Symphony and is a regular recitalist having been featured at Virginia Polytechnic University, Eastman School of Music and the Universities of Toronto, Lethbridge, Queen’s and Carlton, and the Off Centre Music Salon. A voice instructor at the University of Toronto, Elizabeth was selected to participant in the 2012 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Intern Teaching Program. She has served as an adjudicator for major voice festivals across Canada and regularly works as a vocal consultant for the Ontario Youth Choir, the Toronto Children’s Chorus and the University of Toronto’s annual Choral Symposium. Elizabeth holds a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto and has trained at the Banff Centre, the Britten-Pears School and the Orford Arts Centre. She lives in Prince Edward County with her husband and two children.

Mark Daboll, vocal coach

Baritone Mark Joelson Daboll teaches applied voice and vocal pedagogy at both the Faculty of Music and Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, and at his private studio. He has assisted in the vocal preparation of internationally renowned actors for film and theatre roles; professional opera and Broadway singers; solo and choral singers of all ages and styles; and award- winning competitors.

Mr. Daboll holds a Bachelor’s degree in voice performance from Westminster Choir College, a diploma in opera from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Master’s degree in vocal pedagogy and performance from the University of Toronto. He is sought after as a master-class instructor, as a personal and engaging music festival adjudicator, and as a coach-clinician at vocal/choral workshops, including a return engagement teaching the vocal technique master class for the Canadian Opera Company’s Summer Youth Intensive Program.

Mr. Daboll has performed as a member of the Canadian Opera Company Chorus (from 2000 to 2010), and with L’Opéra de Montréal, Spoleto Festival USA, Festival dei due Mondi (Spoleto, Italy), and the Festspiele Musik und Theater Saar in Germany. His vast vocal repertoire also includes oratorio/concert works, music theatre, cabaret, lounge, and art song. He is an avid performer of concert repertoire and new works, ranging from the Solo Cantatas of J. S. Bach to Allegory for a Rock Opera at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche 2010. 


The Commitment

Each singer’s responsibilities include learning the music received before arriving and working with others to make the OYC experience a valuable one for all. The fee of $650.00 includes accommodation, meals, lessons, and masterclasses. Choristers are responsible for their travel costs to and from OYC.


The Audition

Please click here for an online application. Please click here to download the aplication brochure. The application deadline is March 4, 2016.