British Columbia Youth Choir (BCYC)

The BC Youth Choir is an auditioned provincial choir comprised of singers aged 16-25 from across the province. The choir meets and performs annually during May in conjunction with the BC Choral Federation’s Chorfest event. It’s a fun-filled weekend of rehearsing and performing incredible music at a high level!

The BCYC is unique amongst Canadian provincial youth choirs as it is run by youth, for youth.

The choir is directed each year by a renowned and inspirational choral conductor. Past conductors include: Jon Washburn, Frances Roberts, Peter Taylor, Kevin Zakresky, Debra Cairns, Heather Johnson, Adam Con, Graeme Langager and Kathleen Allan.

Each year, an aspiring young choral conductor is selected as the BCYC Intern Conductor to work with the choir under the clinician’s mentorship.

BCYC 2018

Come join us for BCYC 2018 in Richmond, BC from May 11 to 13! The ensemble will be based in the Lower Mainland and will perform at Fraserview Mennonite Church, 11295 Mellis Dr.

This year our conductor is Allison Girvan from Nelson, BC. Read her bio below.

The BCYC weekend includes:

  • 2 days of professional-level rehearsals and music-making
  • Sheet Music (yours to keep!)
  • 2 nights shared accommodation (optional)
  • Performance at the Chorfest Gala concert at Fraserview Church, Richmond
  • All meals, including the Chorfest banquet dinner on Saturday night
  • An individual BCCF membership

Fees are $185, or $285 including accommodations. Financial Assistance is available.

*Recruitment incentive!* Receive $25 off your fee for recruiting a tenor or bass! The discount will be applied once a recruited singer is accepted to the choir, and only if they name their recruiter on their application form. This discount will be limited to $50.

For the Singer Audition/Application form, click here. (Deadline: March 31, 2018)
For the Intern Conductor application form, click here. (Deadline: March 15, 2018)

For more information:

Contact BCYC 2018 manager, Kathy Haddadkar and advisor, Sean Quicke –

BCYC 2018 Conductor: Allison Girvan

Allison Girvan’s music career has seen experience as a professional singer, arranger, director, clinician and adjudicator. She has been a featured soloist on recordings and in performance with ensembles including musica intima, Elektra Women’s Choir, The Vancouver Chamber Choir, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and as a vocalist for studio sessions for radio, T.V. and feature lm. Allison has worked extensively with Canadian Celtic Tenor, John McDermott, on recordings, international tours, and the PBS specials, A Time to Remember and Sharing Christmas. Her debut solo cd, Resonance, combining her love of world music and her love of languages, was released in 2007 and the follow up cd, Fishing By the Light of the Ancestors was released in 2014. She now lives in Nelson, B.C. where she continues to record for television and feature lm scores, though her greatest passion is working with youth. Allison is the director of the youth choirs, VoixVive and Solstice, as well as Corazón Vocal Ensemble and young adult choir, Lalin. She is also the music director for the Capitol Theatre’s Summer Youth Program.