Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Monday, June 9, 2014

Conducting Fellow Opportunity with Canadian Chamber Choir

Acclaimed national ensemble Canadian Chamber Choir (CCC) seeks applicants for its Conducting Fellow Program for its September 2014 New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island tour.

This outstanding opportunity offers conductors a unique platform to hone their skills while preparing and rehearsing challenging repertoire under the leadership of CCC Artistic Director Dr. Julia Davids. Conductors will benefit from immersion in a professional music-making environment while on tour with the CCC.

Application Details:
Please send the following (either by email/mp3 or post) to:
CCC Artistic Director: Dr. Julia Davids
5247 Cleveland Street, Skokie, IL  60077 USA
  • Cover letter
  • Resumé/CV including contact information for 3 references
  • List of repertoire conducted in rehearsal and performance
  • One video recording of the conductor (front view) in rehearsal or performance
  • Application fee of $25
Application deadline: June 30th, 2014
Successful applicant will be notified by July 15th, 2014.

Successful Applicant:
  • Conducting Fellow will conduct the Canadian Chamber Choir both in rehearsal and performance. Repertoire will be decided with the Artistic Director.
  • Conducting Fellow may have the opportunity to sing with the ensemble, if appropriate.
  • Conducting Fellow is responsible for all travel expenses getting to and from Nova Scotia.
  • Conducting Fellow is responsible for a $500 tuition fee (payable to the Canadian Chamber Choir).
  • The CCC will cover all expenses during the tour (travel, room, and board).
For more information about the CCC and the Conducting Fellowship, please visit

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Halifax Summer Choral Conducting Symposium: July 22-26, 2014 in Halifax, NS

The Halifax Summer Choral Conducting Symposium welcomes auditing conductors and choristers - join us July 22-26, 2014 in Halifax, NS!

This summer, we welcome Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Toronto, as our guest clinician! 

The Halifax Summer Choral Conducting Symposium is a 5-day intensive workshop offering group instruction in choral/vocal pedagogy, conducting technique, choral repertoire, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics; and individual instruction in conducting, voice, piano and organ. Designed to support the practical work of all levels of choral conductors, we invite school/university educators, church musicians, studio teachers, and undergraduate/graduate music students to participate.

Visit to see the event schedule and repertoire!

Register by June 15 at

Thursday, May 29, 2014

CHORAL CONCERT with host Nick Halley, Sunday, June 1st, 9:05 - 10:00 am (9:35 - 10 -:30 NT), on CBC Radio 2

Thirsting for beauty

Nick Halley will start off this Sunday’s Choral Concert with one of the most famous pieces in the western cannon of music.

Well – one of the most famous choral works that is, and the reason why it is so famous is that it’s performed very often as part of Christian services all around the world. So if that is not your thing it may be that you actually haven’t heard it yet.

It is an exceptionally beautiful piece, and if you are a chorister you will know that it is one of those great pieces that just seems to sing itself.

It’s just a simple song about a little deer, traipsing through the woods, thirsting after cool streams in which to dip her nose and quench her thirst, and the music sounds like that beautiful image - like you can see the deer in the woods thirsting away.

The piece is called Sicut cervus desiderat, it’s by the famous renaissance Italian master Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and you’ll hear it performed by Canada’s own Musica Intima.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CHORAL CONCERT with host Nick Halley, Sunday, May 25th 9:05 - 10:00 am (9:35 - 10 -:30 NT), on CBC Radio 2

The get out of Dodge edition

This Sunday on Choral Concert Nick Halley will bring us the piece that brought Franz Joseph Haydn out of obscurity and onto the world stage.

The story goes like this… Haydn had a nice life away from the centre of things in a beautiful place called Esterhazy, but he kept complaining because he felt totally “stuck out in the country.” So when an Austrian empress wanted to celebrate the arrival to her palace of the greatest British hero of the Napoleonic Wars Lord Nelson himself, she asked Haydn to write this piece, and he jumped at the chance. That’s because it would not only get him credibility in Austria, but because it was about Lord Nelson, he would also get some attention in England.

So, Haydn made his great “Te Deum in C” a blast of fun, a piece of truly triumphant music. Everyone loved it, it boosted his fame throughout Europe and yes, it really did get him out of Dodge and on to the world stage.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

CHORAL CONCERT with host Nick Halley, Sunday, May 18th 9:05 - 10:00 am (9:35 - 10 -:30 NT), on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert celebrates Podium

This is the weekend of the biannual Podium choral festival, where singers of various stripes from across North America pour into a town and flood it with song. This year the festival is in Halifax and it is happening throughout this weekend.

There are many hundreds of singers gathered in Halifax right now. They have been living, loving and celebrating Canadian amateur choral making and are going to keep doing it for 5 days straight. They are going figure out ways to sing even more over the years ahead, and then they are going to sing again, and finally at the end of all this they will leave completely exhausted but deliriously happy.

I can’t think of a better way to improve the quality of our lives, and build something inside ourselves that wasn’t there before  - than to do something like that.

So this Sunday on Choral Concert Nick Halley will bring you a slate of choirs that are part of this year’s Podium, everyone from Halifax’s Camerata Singers to the brand new Winnipeg based group Antiphony.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Nick Halley Sunday, May 11th, 2014: 9:05 - 10:00 am, (9:35 - 10:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert: Mother’s Day

This Sunday May 11th is Mother’s Day and Nick Halley will kick off the show with the great 16th century Spanish composer, Thomas Luis de Victoria.

Now, we can’t be certain that Victoria was trying to honor his mother when he set out to write this piece, because mother’s day was still 300 years off waiting to be invented in the U.S.A. However, we do know that he was honoring the mother of all mothers in his particular tradition, because this is a setting of the Ave Maria, or the Hail Mary.

So tune in this Sunday for Mother’s Day as Nick Halley begins our mother’s day 2014 celebrations with Victoria’s stunning double-choir setting of his Ave Maria.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

10th World Symposium on Choral Music, Seoul, South Korea August 6 – 13 2014

The choirs are in rehearsal, the presenters are busy preparing their lectures and demonstrations, behind the scenes the organizing team is working hard toward making your visit to South Korea an enriching, exciting and challenging choral experience, so all we need now is YOU!

If you are a choral conductor, director, singer, teacher, or just someone who is passionate about choral music, then this is an event you cannot afford to miss! In the setting of the National Theatre of Korea in beautiful Seoul, join choral musicians from all over the world to hear some of the finest choirs from around the globe in one place, and be stimulated and challenged by leading choral conductors as they make presentations about their passions. Don’t delay in registering today.

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Jon Washburn Receives Professional Choral Art Award

Congratulations to Vancouver Chamber Choir Artistic Director and Conductor, Jon Washburn, who has received the Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art. Presented by Chorus America, the award honours an individual with a lifetime of significant contributions to choral music. It will be presented June 12 during Chorus America's annual conference in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

In Memorium: John Barron

ACCC was saddened to learn of the passing on April 28, 2014, of our colleague, John Barron.

Over his 45-year career, John had a profound influence on many aspiring singers and conductors who benefited from his vision, influence, and leadership. He was an extraordinary conductor, teacher, music consultant, composer, author, editor, arranger, and administrator. His work with the Amabile Choirs, Ontario Youth Choirs, London Pro Musica, Middlesex Country Board of Education, Western Ontario Kodály Society, and numerous other choirs and choral organizations, was truly outstanding. It is most fitting that his last moments were spent listening to an old recording of the Ontario Youth Choir performing his own arrangement of ‘Le Temps de vivre’.

John was presented with the ACCC Distinguished Service Award at his home in Toronto this past March. 

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Nick Halley Sunday, May 4th, 2014: 9:05 - 10:00 am, (9:35 - 10:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert presents an unsung hero

Do you know someone in your field who is an “unsung hero”? Whatever you’re into, be it an art form or science or business, there always seems to be a person doing great work that never really gets the recognition they deserve.

Well, the first piece Nick Halley will bring you this Sunday on Choral Concert is from one of English music’s unsung heroes. Even Wikipedia says that he is probably the most influential English composer of all time, but still we know almost nothing about him.

However, John Dunstable’s influence was vast and his music affected the ideas of many generations of composers to come. To open this Sunday’s Choral Concert you’ll hear a wonderful rendition of one of his most famous Motets performed by the Hilliard ensemble.

Friday, April 25, 2014

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Nick Halley Sunday, April 27th, 2014: 9:05 - 10:00 am, (9:35 - 10:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Bach month ends with a procession

The month of April has been a glorious one on Choral Concert, filled with the music of J.S. Bach. April is Bach month on Choral Concert and for this last Sunday in the month Nick Halley will bring you our final full program dedicated to this great master of the baroque period.

If you took part in any Passover, Holy Week, or Easter celebrations in the last few weeks, as many of us do at this time of year, you possibly found yourself in a procession.

Processing, or walking up and down in a ceremonial way, is basically ubiquitous when it comes to religious observance.  No matter who or what, for whatever reason people end up processing. It’s a totally human way of marking the beginning and the end of a religious ceremony, and Bach was a true master of music for the procession.

To open the program on Sunday you will hear Bach’s O Jesu Chris Mein’s Lebens Lich with the Choir of the Theatre of early music led by Dan Taylor, a beautifully meditative piece Bach originally wrote for a funeral procession.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

École d'été de chant choral : Édition 2014 Campus principal de l'Université de Sherbrooke, du 21 au 28 juin

 La France et le Québec se réunissent en choeur : une célébration de la musique française et québécoise

Choisters Recherché

Toute personne possédant une voix juste, ayant une expérience approfondie en chant choral et capable d'apprendre sa partie vocale avant la tenue du stage.

Audition d'admission requise pour les nouveaux candidats. Ouvertures pour basses encore disponibles.