SING–it’s what we DO!
What Our Singers and Families Say
“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
“This choir has an amazing sense of community that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else.”
– Hanna Nopper, Youth Choir singer
More About the Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir
As the youth chapter of the Grand Philharmonic Choirs, GPYC is a wonderful way for 14- to 23-year-old singers to make beautiful music in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The choir started in 1998 and takes pride in serving the community through song at various city events (eg. Christkindl Market) and being a regular guest of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.
Our conductor, Dr. Tracy Wong (DMA, University of Toronto), is an award-winning musician, educator, and composer. Tracy 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 (Hon. BMus, Wilfrid Laurier University), a multi-talented vocalist and musician, and long-time member of the Grand Philharmonic Choir family.
GPYC’s 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. Memorable collaborative performances include Orff’s Carmina Burana (2019), Bach’s St Matthew Passion (2019), Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (2017), Britten’s War Requiem (2013). GPYC has toured and performed in Italy, Croatia and Slovenia and was invited to perform at the 2020 International Choral Kathaumix, Powell River, BC.
GPYC rehearses Monday evenings. Rehearsals give us the opportunity to integrate music literacy and vocal technique through diverse and engaging choral repertoire — in a fun, supportive community.