The Toronto Children’s Chorus consists of eight choirs from ages 3 to 30. Read more about our choral program below!
KinderNotes is the Toronto Children’s Chorus’ introductory music education program, for children 3 to 6 years of age. Classes incorporate singing, movement, music reading, rhythmic skill development, listening games, and more! No audition is required for admittance into KinderNotes. KinderNotes classes meet on either Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays and are directed by Kim Kendrick.
Preparatory Choir is the youngest audition-based ensemble in the Toronto Children’s Chorus. Children may audition as young as 6 for this ensemble, which is the first of four training choir levels. Children learn approximately 16 songs throughout the season and will also participate in sight singing exercises. This choir prepares children for their movement through the Training Choirs and into the main performing choir of the Chorus. Preparatory Choir is directed by Judith Bean and meets on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.
Training Choirs I, II and III
Training Choirs I, II and III consists of sequentially developed skills, ultimately preparing choristers for admission into Toronto Children’s Chorus’ Main Choir. The Training Choir program is very structured and is a tested and proven method for moving children along at a reasonable pace. The program is the result of 30 years of experience working with children, having an artistic team that leads in the world of children’s choirs, and developing a curriculum that suits choristers’ ages and abilities.
Children are assessed to determine which Training Choir is most suitable for them during their audition. They are assessed in the areas of maturity and musical ability.
Training Choir I is directed by Carole Anderson and meets on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:30pm.
Training Choir II is directed by Carole Anderson and meets on Mondays from 5:00 to 6:30pm.
Training Choir III is directed by Elise Bradley and Assistant Conductor/Intern Louise Lui. The choir meets on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00pm.
Within the Main Choir are four distinct groups: Cantare, Chorale, Chamber Choir and the Choral Scholars. Together, they make up the main performing choir of the Chorus, which maintains a busy schedule of festival and concert engagements.
Cantare serves as the introduction for children into the Main Choir. Cantare learns the least repertoire, but choristers are still exposed to the professional quality standards of the Main Choir. Cantare is directed by Carole Anderson and meets on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:30pm and Fridays from 5:00-6:30pm.
Chorale comprises the more experienced half of the Main Choir. Here, choristers take on a larger commitment of music learning, touring, and performing.
Within Chorale exists three further extensions: Chorealis, Chamber Choir and the elite Choral Scholars, who take on additional musical responsibilities. Chorale is directed by Elise Bradley and Matthew Otto, and meets on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:30pm and Fridays from 5:00-6:30pm.
Comprised of the boys from Preparatory Choir all the way up to Main Choir, Boys’ Choir is an ensemble for unchanged male voices that performs in tandem with the other choirs. Boys’ Choir is directed by Michel Ross.
Toronto Youth Choir
The TCC Youth Choir comprises choristers aged 16-30, and performs SATB (mixed choir) repertoire. The choir meets on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:30pm and is directed by Matthew Otto. Though many choristers within the Youth Choir are TCC graduates, the choir is open to all young people: ladies grade 12 and up and gentlemen with changed voices. If you are interested in setting up an audition for Youth Choir, please contact Associate Conductor Matthew Otto.