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CTC Judge Spotlight #5: Carrie Tennant

Meet Carrie Tennant, founder and artistic director of the Vancouver Youth Choir and a judge of Canada's Top Choirs, a national virtual competition.

Today's blog continues our spotlight on Canada'sCanada's Top Choirs judges and introduces you to Carrie Tennant.

Carrie Tennant is the founder and artistic director of the Vancouver Youth Choir. Carrie began her career as a high school choir teacher and built a nationally-recognized choral program at Maple Ridge Secondary before pursuing graduate studies in choral conducting in 2009. From 2009-to 2012, she directed the Vancouver Chor Leoni MYVoice Choir and the Sarah McLachlan Youth Choir. In 2012, Carrie worked as the assistant conductor to Diane Loomer, and in January of 2013, Carrie succeeded Diane as Artistic Director of EnChor.

From 2007 to 2016, Carrie was the award-winning Coastal Sound Youth Choir conductor. Under Carrie's direction, Coastal Sound was awarded first place in the youth choir category at the 2013 National Competition for Amateur Choirs. They have been featured at several conferences and events, including the 2013 Chorus America conference and Choral Canada's Podium 2016 conference. Also, in 2016, Coastal Sound's popular Indiekor shows were recognized with Choral Canada's National Award for Innovation.

Currently, on top of her work with the Vancouver Youth Choir, Carrie is an Affiliate Conductor with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and a frequent clinician, adjudicator, and retreat facilitator across Canada. A passionate advocate for building and sustaining community among BC choirs and conductors, in 2010, she helped found the "BC Choral Mentorship Project." A collective that brings together expert speakers/conductors from across North America with local choral directors for masterclasses, discussion groups, and lectures. In 2008, Carrie received the BCCF Youth Achievement Award for distinguished support of choral music in British Columbia.

In a past life (before she had two small and adorable children), Carrie also toured, performed, and recorded with her husband Scott as a member of Vancouver-based indie-pop group, The Salteens (Boompa Records).

To find more about Canada's Top Choirs and enter the competition before the submissions deadline of April 29, 2022, please visit

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