When: Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:15 PM (September to May)
Where: Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street
The Toronto Youth Choir is back for it’s fifth season! Under the direction of Matthew Otto, the TYC, part of the Toronto Children’s Chorus, is committed to providing unique performance opportunities for young singers who wish to enrich their lives through the art of song while meeting and collaborating with great musicians and other young adults!
To mark our fifth anniversary and the 40th anniversary of the TCC, we have an exciting 2017-18 season scheduled including a tour to New York City! Highlights include:
- Tour to New York City to sing in Carnegie Hall (March 16-20, 2018);
- Holiday Concert at Roy Thomson Hall;
- Joint-concert holiday concert with the professional-level choir, Incontra Vocal Ensemble;
- Participation in the Youth Sing 2018 Festival;
- Two joint-concerts with the Toronto Children’s Chorus;
- Two concerts with the University of Toronto’s Oratorio Class;
- Friends & Family Concert in the historic St. Paul’s Basilica.
The TYC welcomes back collaborative pianist, Helen Becqué. Helen is also on staff at the University of Toronto as a vocal coach and pianist. We also welcome back Dr. Darryl Edwards, Professor of Voice at the University of Toronto, as our vocal instructor and consultant. Dr. Edwards brings a wealth of experience and will provide workshops and instruction to help maximize our singers’ vocal potential. Throughout the year, we will welcome different guests and conductors, including Elise Bradley, artistic director of the TCC, and Jennifer Swan, choreographer!
“I had never auditioned for a choir prior to TYC, so I was really nervous and didn’t know what to expect. Matthew made me feel at ease during the whole process by talking through it with me, with a few laughs on the side.”
-Eunillyne, Alto & Ukulele Enthusiast
WATCH NOW: Toronto Youth Choir's performance of Cait Nishimura's "See You in the Stars" from the YouthSing concert on Saturday, April 8, 2017! Know someone who'd like to join the Toronto Youth Choir? If you are a young man with a changed voice or a young woman in grade 12 or older, contact Conductor Matthew Otto (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule an audition! Choristers are between the ages of 16 and 30.
Posted by Toronto Youth Choir on Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Toronto Youth Choir (2016-2017) performs Cait Nishimura’s “See You in the Stars”. As well as a composer, Nishimura is a Youth Choir chorister.
“As a composer, I had never explored writing choral music before. I brought my first choral composition to the TYC and was thrilled to have the piece premiered and added to our repertoire. I received so much positive feedback and encouragement from the choir that I have since written several other choral pieces and am looking forward to sharing more of my music with the world! Singing with the Toronto Youth Choir opened up a world of possibilities for me that I never would have expected.”
Cait – Soprano, Composer & Teacher
Who can join?
Typically anyone between the ages of 16 and 30:
ladies in Grade 12 and older; gentlemen with changed voices.
How can you join?
Auditions for new members and re-auditions for all current members and will be held from September 5-9 or at a mutually agreeable time.
How much will it cost?
$175.00 (150.00 membership fee + $25.00 workshop fee)
Do I have to fundraise?
As a part of the Toronto Children’s Chorus, a charitable organization, the Toronto Youth Choir has exclusive access to many special workshops and experts through the organization’s larger program. All choristers across the Chorus participate in an annual fundraising campaign called Sing Loo! to support our world-renown program. Toronto Youth Choir choristers are part of this campaign and are expected to individually fundraise $150 for the Chorus. Funds from this campaign benefit every singer at the Chorus. Learn more about Sing Loo! here.
Is there an additional tour fee?
For those who would like to go on tour with the TYC, there is an additional tour fee still in development. Please note the tour is not included in the $175 tuition fee.
“I’m excited to sing a diverse and exciting selection of repertoire in many of Toronto’s incredible venues. To add to that, I’m even more delighted to perform with some of the most talented and amazing young people in this city!”
-Dominic, Tenor, Student & A Cappella Enthusiast
Need more information?
Read our FAQ
Toronto Youth Choir welcomes young people between the ages of 16 and 30: ladies in Grade 12 and older and gentlemen with changed voices.
Toronto Youth Choir rehearses for two hours every Tuesday from 7:30pm – 9:30pm at Christ Church Deer Park (1570 Yonge Street) in the Yonge & St. Clair neighbourhood.
Toronto Youth Choir’s performance schedule depends on the season. Typically, the choir will perform at several Toronto Children’s Chorus’ season concerts and community concerts, in addition to their own end-of-season concert in May. Toronto Youth Choir also performs at festivals and special events, especially during the busy November/December holiday season.
The TYC sings a variety of music, in contrasting styles and genres. While the TYC predominately focuses on repertoire from the Western choral canon, they also perform contemporary choral music, pop, jazz and gospel.
Tuition is $175.00 for the full year ($150 membership fee + $25 workshop fee).
All candidates are encouraged to prepare a short solo. In addition, you can expect to be taken through vocal exercises, including a range check, so that the artistic staff can hear your vocal tone.
While it is not mandatory, previous choral experience is an asset. The ability to read music is a must.
Yes, you can still audition! Toronto Youth Choir is open to all young people between the ages of 16 and 30 with a passion for singing. We welcome ladies from Grade 12 and older and gentlemen with changed voices.
The TYC offers a unique choral experience! We are committed to providing exceptional performance opportunities for young singers who wish to enrich their lives through the art of song while meeting and collaborating with great musicians and other young adults. Rehearsals are rigorous and it is expected that choristers practice outside of choir, including memorizing the music. But at the same time, choir is fun! We incorporate a number of social activities throughout the year to help build our choir community.
All choristers will be expected to fundraise between $100-150 for the organization as part of our annual SingLoo! Campaign. Our membership fees only cover about half of the operational costs of the choir.