Our Vision

Shallaway Youth Choir is an internationally recognized and celebrated organization that is dedicated to exploring, developing, and celebrating cultural expression through choral music. At Shallaway, we aim to foster independent musicianship and leadership in our choristers to empower the next generation of artistic innovators in Newfoundland and Labrador. Through our commitment to artistic excellence, youth learn the value of independence, discipline, and confidence, while also gaining a sense of pride and identity as Newfoundlanders and Labaradorians.

Camerata Tour of Italy – This summer, our Camerata ensemble will embark on a trip of a lifetime, with the opportunity to compete competitively in an international competition in Italy!

Founded in 1992, Shallaway Youth Choir is a highly-accomplished youth organization that expresses itself through choral music. Over the years, Shallaway has achieved both artistic and cultural acclaim and is now recognized as one of the world’s finest choirs. Not only has Shallaway placed first in several national and international competitions, but has also received numerous invitations to perform around the province, the country, and the world.

Our choir actively seeks out new ways to connect with other cultures in a progressive way.  Steeped in the rich musical traditions of our own province and country, Shallaway has embraced the music of other cultures, with some 41 languages in our current repertoire. We continue to develop a dynamic program of intercultural outreach and exchange which has built cultural bridges throughout Canada, North and South America, Britain, Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia.

There are countless benefits of being involved with a music-oriented youth organization such as Shallaway. At Shallaway, we aim to develop youth by offering a variety of experiences and opportunities. Our programs are designed to support children by:

  • Providing character-building benefits for choristers such as self-discipline, self-confidence, perseverance in pursuit of a positive result, enthusiasm for achieving a common purpose, and respect for others.
  • Encouraging a collaborative environment.
  • Improving participants’ sense of social well-being, and sense of belonging.
  • Fostering ambassadorship skills in the context of representing Newfoundland and Labrador on a provincial, national, and international scale.
  • Fostering an appreciation for cultural diversity by exploring a variety of cultures through song and travel.
  • Gaining experience acting as mentors, and developing leadership skills through peer-to-peer learning.

By cultivating the skills of young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and instilling high-levels of civic pride, Shallaway is helping to inspire leaders for the future.

Shallaway is an internationally award-winning and celebrated youth choir, well recognized for its excellence.

2015 Children’s Choir of the World – Shallaway Youth Choir received top honours at one of the largest and oldest choral competitions in the world — and it was their first time competing in the festival. The St. John’s-based choir competed in the senior children’s choir classical and the folk music categories at the prestigious Llangollen Musical Festival in Wales. The classical troupe came in first, and the folk group placed second. Shallaway won the award for the choir that has the best performance and the top mark out of all the junior and senior children’s choirs; the Children’s Choir of the World trophy.

Order of Newfoundland and LabradorIn 2016, Shallaway’s Artistic Director, Kellie Walsh, was awarded the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador from the provincial government. The Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, which is the highest honor of the province, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field of endeavour, benefiting in an outstanding manner, the province and its residents.

Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Creative Arts Award – Shallaway’s Artistic Director, Kellie Walsh, alongside Associate Conductor, Deidre Costello, were also awarded the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Creative Arts Award from the Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music on behalf of the Lauda ensemble of Shallaway. Lauda, our newest ensemble introduced in 2017, offers an enriching musical experience in a safe, neurodiverse environment. With a high ratio of musical and social support, including music therapists and choral music specialists, this ensemble fosters acceptance and respect through reciprocal learning.

Camerata Tour of South Africa – In August 2018, our Camerata ensemble embarked on a 10 day musical, cultural and spiritual experience of a lifetime, from August 15th to 25th, to South Africa.

Since 1992, hundreds of NL youth have helped build cultural bridges throughout Canada, North and South America, Britain, Europe and Asia… but never to Africa… until now!

25th Anniversary Celebration – Shallaway Youth Choir celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2018 year, with a grand Spring Concert!

Our 400+ choristers were joined by internationally renowned guest artists Essi Wuorela (Rajaton), Jennifer Moir (Western University), Eastern Owl, Scott Leithhead (Kokopelli Choirs) and Shallaway Alumni as they reflect on the past 25 years!

Lauda Ensemble –  The Lauda ensemble is about neurodiversity; it includes seasoned Shallaway singers as well as other young performers who may be on the autism spectrum or may struggle with standing still, or are hypersensitive to sounds, or find communication challenging.

Lauda, a word which means to praise, reflects how this ensemble commends diversity amongst its youth. Lauda offers an enriching musical experience in a safe, neuro-diverse environment. With a high ratio of musical and social support, including music therapists and choral musical specialists, this ensemble fosters acceptance and respect through reciprocal learning.

Read more: All welcome to sing: How a new choir has been ‘life-changing’

Ottawa Tour – In July 2017, Shallaway was on Tour in Ottawa, where choristers had the opportunity to sing both as participants in the Unisong Choral Festival and as special guest soloists with the National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts for their final concert of the 2016/2017 season.

Shallaway singing its way into Canada’s 150th birthday party