April 30 – May 2, 2020 | Mount Saint Vincent University

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Schedule Overview

Thursday, April 30
  • Adjudicated Performances and Clinics 9am till 6pm
Friday, May 1
  • Adjudicated Performances and Clinics 9am till 12 noon
  • AM Workshop
  • PM Massed Choir Rehearsal
  • Evening Festival Concert & Participant Dance
Saturday, May 2
  • AM Massed Choir Rehearsal
  • PM Massed Choir Rehearsal
  • Evening Massed Choir Performance

What’s Included

  • Adjudicated performance and clinic
  • Friday workshop
  • Evening concert admission
  • Participant dance admission
  • Massed choir rehearsals
  • Dinner at MSVU Dining Hall on Friday
  • Dinner at MSVU Dining Hall on Saturday
  • Massed choir public performance

Learn More

Complete registration information is coming soon. Click below to visit the NSCF website and learn about Juvenata 2018.

Juvenata 2018 Adjudicators

Check back soon for information about our 2020 adjudicators!
Jeff Joudrey

Jeff Joudrey

Artistic Director
Halifax Camerata Singers

About Jeff

Jeff  Joudrey is highly regarded for his vision, musical leadership, and standards of excellence in choral music. He is the Artistic Director of the Halifax Camerata Singers, which he founded in 1986. Under his direction the choir has developed an enviable reputation for performance excellence and innovative programming.

Jeff is Director of Music at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church, Amherst, and Chorus Master of the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus. He is past president of Choral Canada and a former president of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation. In addition to serving on juries for the Juno and East Coast Music Awards, the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and Choral Canada, he is in demand as a choral clinician, teacher, adjudicator, and guest conductor. In December 2018 he has been chosen as the next conductor of the National Youth Choir, which takes place Newfoundland.

Jeff is an enthusiastic supporter of Canadian choral music and frequently commissions works from established and promising young composers. Committed to the development of young singers, he has been guest conductor of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir and Ottawa’s Unisong. He also has served on the faculties of Dalhousie and Acadia universities as well as the Nova Scotia Choral Federation’s Institute of Choral Conducting. 

A native of Nova Scotia, Jeff studied organ at Acadia University and the Haarlem International Academy in the Netherlands before attending McGill University to study with organists John Grew and Raymond Daveluy. His choral mentors include Canadian conductors Elmer Iseler and Wayne Riddell, and German conductor Helmuth Rilling.

Janet Kidd

Janet Kidd

Composer, Choral Director, Author, Blogger

About Janet

Janet Kidd is a composer, singer, choral director, author, music teacher, and choral coach. She also authors a blog called BetterChoirs, sharing tips gleaned from over 40 years of choral experience.

Janet currently directs the SeaBelles Women’s Barbershop Chorus, the Heartbeat! Dalhousie Medical School (New Brunswick) choir, and Men of Fundy Barbershop Chorus. She also directs the 90-voice choir at the annual Tracy Friars benefit concert at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John. Since 2009, she has led choral workshops sponsored by the New Brunswick Choral Federation.

Janet began her directing career with the Royal Military College Choir in Kingston, Ontario before moving to Vancouver, where she was a professional soprano with the Vancouver Chamber Choir. She also worked with the Pacific Evergreen Youth Choir, founded the Skylark Women’s Choir for novice singers, and was Assistant Director for Pacific Singers.

In 1986 Janet moved to New Brunswick, where she worked with Chorale St. Vincent’s and the Cantus Community Choir. From 1996 to 2008 she was Music Director at St. John the Baptist and Stella Maris Catholic Churches in Saint John.

Zimfira Poloz

Zimfira Poloz

Artistic Director
Hamilton Children’s Choir

About Zimfira

Zimfira Poloz is a highly respected conductor, educator and adjudicator with a distinguished international reputation. She is the Artistic Director of the Hamilton Children’s Choir (HCC). Under her leadership, HCC has achieved international acclaim through their participation at various festivals such as the world-renowned Adolf Fredrik Music School’s ‘Let the Future Sing’ festival in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Songbridge Choral Festival in Poland. They have won the Grand Prize and First Prize awards in numerous competitions across the Europe, Asia and South and North America. They also obtained the People’s Choice Award for the best choir (Children’s Choir Category and Best Performance of Canadian Work) in the International Choral Competition in Tolosa, Spain. Other prizes included the Grand Prize on the CBC Radio National Choral Competition, the Loto-Quebec World Choral Singing Competition, the European Broadcasting Union Choral Competition “Let the People Sing” in Norway and the 1st Xinghai Prize International Choral Competition in China. HCC also represented Canada as the showcase choir for the 10th World Choral Symposium (IFCM) in South Korea and Polyfollia’s 6th World Showcase and marketplace for choral singing in France and recently was invited as a guest choir at the 2016 American Cantat in Bahamas and the 2017 ACDA national conference.

Zimfira has been decorated with numerous awards in her long career, including the Honoured Representative of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan Award, the city of Hamilton’s V.I.P. Award, and the Leslie Bell Prize Award for Choral Conducting from the Ontario Art Council. She has been sought after as an artistic advisor, giving conducting lectures at international universities and symposiums, and appeared as a guest conductor and adjudicator at various international conventions and symposia in four continents such as the IFCM Symposiums on Choral Music, ACDA National Conference, Europa Cantat, America Cantat, Interkultur and a number of choral associations nationally and internationally.

Zimfira first established her musical credentials in Kazakhstan, founding the country’s first Choir School. The school provided an outstanding music program that grew to employ 35 music teachers with an enrollment of 450 students. In addition to her duties as the Principle of the school, she also served as the Artistic Director and Conductor. It is through Zimfira’s strong leadership, vision and musical expertise that the Choir School attained the top international choral status and was a recurring prize-winner in choral competitions and festivals around the world.

Immediately upon her arrival to Canada in 1999, her boundless energy and passion for music were in evidence, first as a member of the artistic staff for the Toronto Children’s Chorus and later as the vocal coach at St. Michael’s Choir School and conductor at the Royal Conservatory. She also conducted Yong Voices Toronto (Children’s Choirs in residence of University of Toronto) for 15 years.

In addition to her global travels as a clinician and a conductor, Zimfira continues to teach and lecture on ‘Vocal Pedagogy for Children’s Choirs’ at the University of Toronto. She also has numerous articles and publications in National and International choral magazines.

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