The Norwegian National Youth Choir


The Norwegian National Youth Choir was founded by Joar Rørmark and Carl Høgset in 1987 and consists of singers between 16 and 26 years of age from all parts of Norway.

The Norwegian National Youth Choir repertoire is broad and differs from year to year; from renaissance and romantic music, national and international folk music to contemporary music. The choir has participated in several international choral festivals and competitions, winning several prizes.

In 2007 the choir won 1st Prize in the C. A. Seghizzi competition in Gorizia, Italy. In 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 the choir participated in the Europa Cantat festivals in Barcelona, Mainz, Utrecht, Torino, Pécs and Tallinn.

30th anniversary

In 2017 the Norwegian National Youth Choir celebrated its 30th anniversary with several special projects. The choir was chosen amongst 8 youth choirs from around the world to participate in the International Youth Choir Festival, performing in the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London.

In October the anniversary was celebrated in Oslo with all 10 of the choir’s former conductors. During the anniversary concert there were performances of pieces commissioned by the choir throughout its history. A new commission by composer and former singer Frank Havrøy was performed by over 120 former singers and soloist Tora Augestad.

In 2017-2018, conducted by Yuval Weinberg, the Norwegian National Youth Choir joined with the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and their conductor Grete Pedersen, working and performing together. This collaboration between young singers and experienced professionals led to a high-quality concert and a mutually enriching experience for singers from both ensembles.

12th World Symposium on Choral Music

From 2019-2020 The Norwegian National Youth Choir is conducted by Eirik Sørborg, and collaborate with Nordic Voices, allowing more highly experienced singers to inspire young talents.

In July 2020 The Norwegian National Youth Choir and Nordic Voices will participate in the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand, with 22 other choirs from all over the world.

The Norwegian National Youth Choir is supported with funds from the Norwegian Cultural Council and is administered by the Norwegian Association of Children and Youth choirs Ung i Kor.