Ontario Youth Choir 2017
The 2017 Ontario Youth Choir programme runs from August 11 to 20, 2017. This year, the OYC will be led by Elise Bradley. The choir will reside and rehearse in Ottawa. Residence and tour details are to be announced at a later date.
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.
2017 Artistic Staff
Elise Bradley, Conductor
A passionate musician, career educator, award-winning conductor, and internationally respected adjudicator and clinician, Ms. Bradley served for many years as Head of Department, Music at Westlake Girls’ High School in Auckland, New Zealand, where her Key Cygnetures choir won coveted awards in both Austria and New Zealand. As Music Director of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, she has also won first-place awards in competitions in Canada, China, and Hong Kong. Since arriving in Toronto, Ms. Bradley has garnered praise for her artistry and for her deep commitment to children and the art of treble choral music. In 2009, the Choir performed at Haydn Hall in Eisenstadt, Bach’s St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, the Berlin Dom, and with the Vienna Boys Choir at the 9th World Choral Festival at the Musikverein. In 2009, the TCC had the honour of performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem under the baton of Peter Oundjian and, in 2010, with Krzysztof Penderecki and Soundstreams Canada. During the summer of 2011, the Chorus took part in the Melodia Festival in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, and was one of only twenty-five choirs invited to participate in the 9th World Symposium on Choral Music in Argentina. The current concert season, Dance Your Song, features series performances by all 300 choristers and a summer Chamber Choir tour to South Africa. In addition, Ms. Bradley is honoured to have been invited to serve as Guest Clinician and Conductor for Australia’s national choir Gondwana Voices, the Manitoba Honour Choir, and the 7th America Cantat in Bogotá, Colombia.