National Youth Choir

Every two years, singers between the ages of 18 and 25 are auditioned across the country to form the National Youth Choir. Initiated in 1984, the choir has won critical acclaim across Canada since its inception. A quartet from each province and territory  (one per voice part)  make up the National Youth Choir.

Some of the finest Canadian choral conductors have been invited to conduct the choir. The NYC has performed at all Podium, Choral Canada’s national choral conference, since 1984 and also at the 1993 World Symposium on Choral Music in Vancouver. NYC concerts have been broadcast nationally on the CBC Stereo Network.

Jeff Joudrey, Conductor

Jeff  Joudrey is highly regarded for his vision, musical leadership, and standards of excellence in choral music. He is the Artistic Director of the Halifax Camerata Singers, which he founded in 1986. Under his direction the choir has developed an enviable reputation for performance excellence and innovative programming, as well as for promoting choral music throughout the Maritimes. Camerata has four recordings that are regularly featured on CBC Radio, and the choir was the winner of the prestigious Healey Willan Grand Prize as well as first place in the Chamber Choir category in the 2010 National Competition for Amateur Choirs. Camerata was also honored to be one of the showcase choirs in the first biennial Edmonton International Choral Festival in 2017.

Philip Roberts, collaborative pianist

Dr. Phil Roberts is the co-Founder and co-Artistic Director of PlayPianoNL, an organization dedicated to promoting pianists, performance, and collaboration in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Visit to find out more about this organization. He has served as visiting an assistant professor of piano for the School of Music at Memorial University, as accompanist and vocal coach for the instrumental and vocal faculties at Memorial, and as a much sought-after collaborative colleague in the larger St. John’s community.

His solo and collaborative work has taken him across Canada and to the U.S. and Europe, where his impressively broad performance skills have allowed him to enjoy work in the genres of jazz, opera,and musical theatre as well as classical solo and chamber music. In addition to regular performances in Memorial University’s Music@MUN concert series, Roberts has performed as a soloist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the Banff Chamber Orchestra, and has been broadcast nationally on CBC radio.

Dr. Roberts holds graduate degrees in piano performance from the University of Montreal and has nearly a decade of experience teaching at the university level. He is currently a freelance musician in St John’s, NL, as well as the pianist of Trinitas Chamber Ensemble ( For more information and performance videos, go to

Gabrielle Gaudreault, NYC 2018 Apprentice Conductor

Hailing from Montreal, QC, the young conductor GABRIELLE GAUDREAULT has been chosen for the prestigious position of Apprentice Conductor for Canada’s finest youth choir, the National Youth Choir of Canada (NYC).

This Conducting Apprenticeship offered by Choral Canada includes a $4000 prize awarded to the Apprentice from the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation. The award is in recognition of Sir Ernest MacMillan’s celebrated career as a conductor, in particular, his many years with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (1942-1957) and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1931-56). The Foundation will also award a prize of $4,000 to the chosen apprentice conductor in 2020.

2018 National Youth Choir selected singers

British Columbia
  Gina Johnson, Kathy Haddadkar, Zachary Power, Adien Reimer
  Christina Sawchuk, Elsie Hoover, Jackson Berry, Nathan Bootsma, Graeme Climie
Northwest Territories
  Beverley Rockwell
  Kayla Jacobs, Bailey Smith, William Matthews, Trevor Flemings
 Katharina Unruh, Erika Rasmussen, Charlie Carrier
  Nila Rajagopal, Georgia Lin, Stephen Gagnon-Ruscio, Dan Ryan
  Katrina MacKinnon, Evangeline Stone-Barney, Matthew Adam
New Brunswick
  Olivia Lapointe, Clare Maguire, Joseph Goodwin, Isaiah Yankech
Nova Scotia
  Lacie Sutherland, Margaret Currie, Elyse Delaney, Rhian Merritt, Ryan Henwood, Connor Grey, Luke MacLean
Newfoundland and Labrador
  Grace Rose, Chandler Coish
Prince Edward Island
  Tara Llewellyn, Melissa Lewis, Ian Soloman, Gaige Waugh

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