2017 Ontario Youth Choir
August 11 to 20, 2017 - Carleton University
2017 Artistic Staff
Elise Bradley, Conductor
Elise Bradley, Artistic Director of the Toronto Children’s Chorus (TCC) since 2007, was formerly a secondary school Head of Music in Auckland, New Zealand. She has been in demand as an award-winning conductor, adjudicator, and clinician both in New Zealand and internationally. Now in her tenth year as Artistic Director of the TCC, and firmly established as one of Canada’s outstanding choral conductors, we are excited that she will lead the 2017 Ontario Youth Choir. Though perhaps best known in Canada 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 (NZSSC), a mixed voice choir of about 60 auditioned singers from throughout New Zealand. This choir compares to Ontario’s OYC in its goal to provide a level of performance excellence rarely achieved by school students. Under her leadership, the NZSSC toured to the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon, and then to the International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River, British Columbia. In Canada, the choir earned more first-place awards than any other choir in the history of the competition - a record which still stands. The choir also competed in the 2006 Hong Kong International Youth and Children’s Festival, where it took the top award and won the title, ‘The World’s Choir.’ The choir then traveled to Xiamen, China, where it earned a Gold and Silver Award in the World Choir Games.
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 the Halifax Camerata Singers.
Since arriving in Toronto in 2007, Ms. Bradley has garnered praise for her artistry and deep commitment to children and treble choral music. In addition to developing a challenging annual concert series for the TCC, she has prepared them to perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Consort, Soundstreams Canada, and Opera Atelier. As well, she has continued the TCC’s legacy by leading its annual School Choir Invitational Festival and the Toronto District School Board’s Choral Project, originally established in cooperation with Founder and Conductor Laureate, Jean Ashworth Bartle, to provide professional development for music teachers.
Ms. Bradley led the TCC Touring Choir on a visit to Austria, the Czech Republic, and Germany, where they performed with the Vienna Boys Choir in the 9th World Choral Festival, and, in the same season, prepared them to sing in Britten’s War Requiem with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She has also taken the Chorus to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires to participate in the Melodia Festival, and they were one of only 25 choirs invited to participate in the 9th World Choral Symposium in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Ms. Bradley and the Chorus participated in the world-renowned Adolf Fredrik Music School’s 2012 Let the Future Sing festival in Stockholm, Sweden, and in Canada’s Podium 2012 in Ottawa. The TCC has been selected as one of only 24 choirs worldwide to perform at the 11th IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music, Barcelona, in 2017.
Ms. Bradley is thrilled to have been selected as the conductor of OYC 2017 and 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.
Collaborative Pianist, Kathryn Tremills
Sandra Graham, Vocal Coach (University of Ottawa)
David MacAdam, Vocal Coach (Carleton University)
The Ontario Youth Choir gratefully acknowledges support from Choirs Ontario members and donors, the TD Bank Group, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Foundation, The Vern and Frieda Heinrichs Foundation, The J.P. Bickell Foundation and the Flora Morrison Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation.