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Music Monday News

The Music Monday Anthem arrangements for Hymn To Freedom are available! The iconic Hymn To Freedom, with music by Oscar Peterson and lyrics by Harriette Hamilton, exemplifies a deep desire for respect and equality among all people living in Canada, united as a peaceful nation. On May 6 millions of teachers, students, and community members from coast to coast to coast will participate in Music Monday 2019!

The Coalition is excited to release several new arrangements of Hymn To Freedom, now available online for free and accessible to all registered Music Monday participants, including an official bilingual arrangement of the text by Robert Filion and Yves Carrière, featuring Canada’s two official languages. Thank you to arranger extraordinaire, Paul Read, who has taken great care to ensure that all arrangements are congruous, and may be played in harmony by the various ensembles at your school or community event.

  • SA Choral (Bilingual, French, English)
  • SA(t)B Choral (Bilingual, French, English)
  • Flex Band
  • Beginner Strings
  • Concert Band and Orchestra coming soon!

To access these arrangements on our website, please register your Music Monday event at Please contact with any questions.

We look forward to celebrating #TogetherInHarmony for this year’s Music Monday!

Youth4Music News: Upcoming Events

Youth4Music London

Youth4Music is coming to London! On Saturday, March 2 we’ll be holding our first ever Youth4Music event in London, Ontario. We invite youth under the age of 30 to join us on campus at King’s College for this free event, featuring a keynote speech by Katy Clark and music by Sarina Haggarty. We’re eager to connect with passionate youth and find out what’s going on in London’s musical communities. For more information and to register for the event click here.

Youth4Music Toronto Leadership Symposium

We are also excited to announce that our 2019 Toronto Leadership Symposium will take place on Saturday, March 23! Join us for a day of connection and discussion as we learn from and celebrate youth leaders who are actively using music to make a difference. This event is free for all youth under the age of 30, and will be a day of live music and inspiring speakers, including youth leaders from Conchordium, QUSMEA, and Youth Jam Canada. We hope to see you there!


Nominations for the 2019 NUFSICISUM Youth Leadership Award are now open! We invite music teachers from coast to coast to coast to nominate an individual who has made a positive impact on their school or community through music. Five NUFSICISUM Award winners will be announced on May 6, 2019 as part of the nationwide Music Monday celebrations. Be sure to complete this nomination form by March 31, 2019 and follow the Coalition on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@CoalitionCanada) for updates and to take part in our NUFSICISUM promotional contest.

Celebrating Teachers

Every day, teachers make a difference in the lives of their students. Teachers Change Lives is a way for the students of Newfoundland and Labrador to share stories about how a special teacher has impacted them. Take a look at Mark’s story to celebrate the power of music and music education to change lives.

Community News

Choral Canada is now accepting applications for the 2019 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. The competition is open to Canadian amateur choirs of all ages and encourages the creation and performance of Canadian works. Prizes are awarded for the top performances in each category, with the Canada Council for the Arts Healey-Willan Grand Prize awarded for the finest overall performance. Apply by April 1, 2019 to be a part of this Canadian tradition!

Do you know a budding young composer? The Vancouver Chamber Choir invites composers between the ages of 8-22 to submit compositions in either SATB, SAB, or SSA voicings for their 14th Biennial Young Composers’ Competition. Finalists will have their compositions performed at the Youth & Music 2019 concert in May, and first and second place winners will receive a cash prize. Click here for further information and access to the entry form.

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