Our Youth Choir is a wonderful way for 14- to 23-year-old male and female singers to make beautiful music with kindred spirits.
Our conductor, Dr. Tracy Wong, is an award-winning musician and composer. Tracy recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting) degree from the University of Toronto, and is currently Assistant Professor and Choral Director at McMaster University. She has a wealth of choral conducting experience in Canada and Asia.
Our Assistant Conductor is Rachel Kalap, a multi-talented vocalist and musician, and long-time member of the Grand Philharmonic Choir family.
Exciting news — the youth choir plans an international tour in July 2020, including performances and competition in Bali, Singapore and Malaysia!
Consider joining us on tour by signing up for the 2019-20 season.
Highlights of the upcoming season include performing Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Elora Festival with State Choir Latvija and Elora Singers in July 2019. The youth choir will also sing in The Magical World of Harry Potter with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and a joint concert with the McMaster University Choirs.
The youth choir started in 1998. It has excelled in competition. Highlights include winning top prize in 2012 for mixed choir at the Summa cum Laude international festival in Salzburg, Austria, and first prize in Ontario at the Kiwanis Festival in 2014
Highlights of past seasons include a workshop and performance with Baroque expert Joseph Gascho from the University of Michigan, featuring excerpts from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (2017). We toured and performed in Italy, Croatia and Slovenia (2016), sang in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem (2013) and performed parts of Bach’s great St. Matthew Passion in April 2019.
We rehearse Monday evenings. Rehearsals give us the opportunity to integrate music theory, sight singing, vocal production skills and more — in a fun, supportive community.
Check us out!
Saturday April 27, 2019 – Joint concert with the Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir, 7 p.m. at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Kitchener. Buy tickets here.
Tuesday April 30, 2019 — 6 to 7 p.m. is our Bring a Friend/Registration night! Meet the conductor and singers in a relaxing atmosphere! Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, 110 Doon Rd., Kitchener
Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, 2019 — We sing Carmina Burana with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. See here for details.
“This choir has an amazing sense of community that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else.”
– Hanna Nopper, Youth Choir singer
“I just wanted to let you know how much we loved the concert yesterday. You have done remarkable things with this group.
Our daughter comes home from rehearsal every week very excited about the repertoire and eager to tell us about the things you’ve discussed.”
– Alex Latta, parent of Youth Choir singer