Young Women’s Choral Projects Names New Artistic Director

By David Salazar

Canadian conductor Matthew Otto has been named the new Artistic Director of the Young Women’s Choral Projects (YWCP).

Otto is the co-founder of the Toronto Youth Choir and founder of the Incontra Vocal Ensemble and previously served as the Director of Education and Associate Artistic Director with the Toronto Children’s Chorus. He has also been the President of Choirs Ontario.

He is also currently a lecturer and Ph.D. candidate in Music Education at the University of Toronto, where he teaches choral methods and conducts the Soprano-Alto Chamber Choir. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the impact of high-level choral singing on youth and is titled “Towards a Reimagined Choral Pedagogy: A Phenomenological Case Study of Chorister Experience at the Toronto Children’s Chorus.”

”I am honored to lead Young Women’s Choral Projects into its next chapter, carrying on Dr. McMane’s vision, as we build on YWCP’s legacy in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world,” Otto said in an official press statement issued by the company. “YWCP is known for its exceptional artistry in choral performance. Alongside the support from the Board of Directors and the incredible faculty and staff, YWCP will continue to flourish as we develop artistic excellence and vocal integrity while empowering singers of all ages.”

Otto will succeed Dr. Martín Benvenuto, who served as Interim Artistic Director following the retirement of YWCP Founding Director Dr. Susan McMane in July 2022.