The 10 years I spent in EYCC form the foundation of my vocal performance and inspire me to always strive for excellence in choirs I sing in today. Even after an 8 hour day of university classes, I was excited to go to rehearsal to work on fun and challenging music with some of my closest friends under the direction of an incredibly talented conductor. I don’t think I would have been as engaged or as passionate in another choir—the music and the people of EYCC are special. There’s really nothing like creating something beautiful with people you care so much about. Except maybe when you get to do it while on tour on a different continent!
Sean Gleason 2008-2018 (Pictured on Right)
EYCC truly is a family. During my three years in EYC, I made some of my best friends, and the most incredible memories. I am so grateful to have developed my voice by participating in workshops and performances with fantastic musicians, and tackling challenging repertoire every week under John’s contagious enthusiasm! I was lucky enough to go on two international tours, which were packed with culture, laughter, joyous song, and (more than a few!) tears, and it was wonderful to meet other choristers and conductors around the world. This choir attracts a diverse group of talented, caring, lovely singers, and my time with EYC is one I will always treasure. If you have a chance to join this spectacular group, please do!
-Janet Gauthier 2015-2018 (Pictured Centre)
I joined EYC after singing in the children's choir for a year. I remember being intimidated by the older choristers and the repertoire but after I sat down that first day, and especially a weekend at Camp Nakamun, I only ever felt supported by the older choristers and I always loved the repertoire. The older choristers always fuelled the new choristers with excitement about the new year and stories about past tours. I had the pleasure of attending the international tour to Newfoundland/UK. I still listen to many of the songs we sung on that tour on my phone and a few in particular consistently make my eyes water. I will never forget standing near the back of a tiny church in Newfoundland, watching a boat float past on the water and listening to the men singing Frobisher Bay as we waited to return to the stage.
Those moments of beauty made EYC so memorable and important to me. Especially when I was a younger chorister, the older members provided insight into life after high school (something that I was very afraid of at the time). I met so many close friends through EYC and had access to many opportunities that would not have been available to me otherwise.
-Laura Blanchette 2015-2019 (Pictured on Right)
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