Toronto Children’s Chorus celebrates the incredible accomplishments of alumna Georgia Lin! Georgia will be performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as a soloist on March 25th, 2017 for their Young People’s Concert, How the Gimquat Found Her Song! Georgia will sing Bist du Bei Mir by Bach.

“I’m excited and grateful to have the opportunity to perform with the TSO, and I hope to make my TCC family proud!” says Georgia.

The production is suitable for children between the ages of five to 12 and tells the story of a silent bird that lives in hiding, until one day she meets a magician who takes her on a tour of western music in search of the perfect song.

Get your tickets to the TSO concert today!  Tickets from $26.50.

In addition to her accomplishments in the arts, Georgia is an activist! Georgia promotes female empowerment through Because I am a Girl and Plan Canada. In fall 2016, Georgia was part of a group of young people challenging Canadian politicians and business leaders to “give up their seats” as part of the #GirlsBelongHere campaign. The group was in Ottawa for one week to mark International Day of the Girl, which occurred on October 11.

During her time in Ottawa, Georgia met inspiring women, including Mme. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Minister Bardish Chagger. Watch Georgia speak on Cityline with Mme. Grégoire Trudeau on October 19. 

Georgia with Minister Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism (Waterloo).

For more inspiration, read Georgia’s Head Chorister speech from December, 2015 below!

Picture this: an apprehensive 9-year-old girl walks into an audition for the Toronto Children’s Chorus. She sings O Canada and fumbles the words, since she had only immigrated to Canada a year ago. She plays a violin piece and was told to stop midway through, but felt a giddy sense of wonder when she left. That confused little girl was me, 8 long years ago, during my first encounter with the TCC. 

 

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, my name is Georgia Lin and I am honoured to be one of the 4 Head Choristers for the 2015-2016 season. This my 8th and final year as a chorister in the organization, and as a graduate, my retrospective on my time in the TCC has allowed me to view the world in a better, brighter light.

 

I’d like to think that I’ve grown a lot since my first experience with the workings of the TCC. I joined Training Choir II in 2008, shy and barely knowing what a bass clef was; as well as being convinced that I would always be an alto. Flash forward to present day, and I’m a loud high school vocal major – as a mezzo.

 

TCC has taught me to embrace change as it comes, whether it be good or bad. This choir has made me work tenaciously and meticulously twice a week since I entered the Main Choir six years ago, from singing in languages such as Japanese, Hungarian, Taiwanese and Maori; to mastering the art of the thank-you to guest clinicians after a workshop.

 

I’ve seen the same people twice a week for years, and they are truly my best friends. I’ve spent hours on end with them during the three tours I’ve been on, participated in gruelling weekend workshops, and bonded with them at choir camp each year. It wasn’t easy. Hard work never is, but it pays off. Moments like seeing the choir come alive when we performed a series of Japanese folk songs in Koerner Hall with the Fujii Family Trio makes it all worth it; as we’re then rewarded with the simple joys, like having half an hour to play on a beach in Estonia during our recent European tour this past summer. 

 

If I’ve learned one thing about this organization over the past 8 years, it’s that the TCC will always treat you like family no matter what. I’ve had friends that stuck with me through hours of memorizing music, and I’m lucky enough to be constantly surrounded by a group of brilliant singers who firmly believe that the power of music can surpass all boundaries. The TCC and its choristers have taught and given me hardworking values, tears of joy and sadness as well as moments of pure happiness from years of adventure and beautiful music-making. 

 

So much like the younger version of me 8 years ago, I’m still amazed at the wonders of the TCC. I no longer play the violin, but thankfully I now know the words to the national anthem, in both English and French, but most of all, I still love to sing. I trust that my love for music and for the Toronto Children’s Chorus will last a lifetime, and the lessons I’ve learned from the choir are invaluable. 

 

The opportunities that the TCC have given me are priceless and unforgettable, and I will forever be grateful for all the chances I’ve been given by this choir. All the memories I have made in the past 8 years will stay with me for a lifetime, as will the family of musicians whom I am privileged to call my best friends. 

 

I hope our songs tell you a story, and you are captivated by what I know music can do for everyone. Thank you.