November 27 is Giving Tuesday!
This special global day marks the start of the giving season and is when individuals and groups rally to support their favourite causes. Because of the generous support from friends like you, the Toronto Children’s Chorus has provided exceptional music education and performance opportunities to thousands of children and youth for more than 40 years! Please help us continue this legacy by supporting the TCC through a donation to our annual Sing Loo! campaign!
The Toronto Children’s Chorus’ annual Sing Loo! Campaign
Sing Loo! is a fundraising campaign BY THE KIDS, FOR THE KIDS of the Toronto Children’s Chorus.
The TCC’s 11th annual chorister-driven fundraiser and public concert is presented this year with the generous sponsorship of the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. This campaign represents the largest source of annual operating funds for all choirs in our program.
See you on Sunday, December 2!
Head Choristers are Section Leaders who have shown exceptional leadership qualities and have made an outstanding contribution to the Chorus. They are responsible for representing the TCC publicly, communicating with staff about special plans, attending monthly Chorus Council meetings, focusing the choir before rehearsals and performances, leading in the creation of the yearbook, and organizing social events throughout the year. As you can tell, Head Choristers perform critical roles as ambassadors, role models and leaders!
This year, we are happy to introduce five incredible young leaders as the Head Choristers of our 2018/2019 season! We’ve asked them to share their favourite memories, what they enjoy most about the Chorus and what advice they have for new choristers. Read what they say below!
Hi, I’m Ania and I am delighted to represent the Toronto Children’s Chorus as one of the five Head Choristers for the 2018/2019 season. I have been in each level of the choir and I am now in my eleventh year as a chorister. There are so many wonderful things about the TCC but my favourites would definitely be the incredible experiences and the friends that I have made for life. I have had the opportunity of performing at the 11th World Choral Symposium in Barcelona, singing on the stage at Carnegie Hall and meeting Prime Minister Trudeau! These tours have all been amazing and I am so grateful to have these incredibly memories with my closest friends. My advice to new choristers would be to continue singing with the choir and give it your best efforts because the hard work pays off! I am very excited to be one of the Head Choristers for the TCC’s 41st season and I can’t wait for all of the wonderful opportunities ahead of us!
Hello everyone! My name is Charmaine and I’m thrilled to be one of your Head Choristers for the 2018/19 season. I’m an avid watcher of TED talks, a huge classical music enthusiast, and, most importantly, a TCC chorister of 9 years.
Singing with the TCC has been a ginormous part of me since I stepped into my first rehearsal. Throughout my choral career, I’ve been fortunate to receive so many incredible opportunities, such as singing in Carnegie Hall in New York City, performing for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and touring through 12 Spanish cities in 18 days. However, even though these experiences are truly unforgettable, the most meaningful memories to me are the ones I get to make every single week: coming to rehearsal, making music with talented choristers and staff, and leaving a few hours later, feeling ten times happier than I was before.
To any new chorister reading this, I hope you’ve had a fantastic beginning of your TCC journey! My advice for you (and also returning choristers, too) would be to try new things, especially if you’re a little scared of them. Answer that tricky question in rehearsal, speak to the older choristers (trust me, we’re super friendly!), or try out for that solo you never thought you’d get; you’ll never know where something may take you until you take the risk and see for yourself. I honestly cannot wait to work on all the new repertoire we have this year and I hope you’re just as excited for this season as I am!
Hi, I’m Fiona and I’m thrilled to be one of the five head choristers for the 2018/2019 season! Over the past nine years I’ve been with the choir, I have had the most incredible experiences, made amazing friends and travelled around the world. One of my favourite memories is from July 2017 when I had the privilege of representing Canada at the World Choral Symposium in Barcelona. The feeling of representing your country by making music with the people you love is indescribable but it is a sensation I will never forget. This year I’m looking forward to the holiday season. Ever since I joined the choir, I have loved the magic of the holiday concert when all choristers aged 6-17 sing together for the first time and the loads of fun I have when we go carolling in the cold. My advice to a new chorister is to enjoy everyday. The TCC is full of friends, music and opportunities that will always be there for you, so enjoy!
Hi, I’m Jamie and I’m so excited to be one of the five head choristers for this season. This is my tenth season with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the unforgettable memories and friendships to last a lifetime. Of these incredible experiences, my favourite moment with the TCC was on stage at the 11th World Choral Symposium in Barcelona where we gave our best performance of the entire season. Having the opportunity to stand alongside all my best friends on stage, and sing such beautiful music is a privilege I’m truly thankful for. This year, I’m most excited for our annual holiday concert at Roy Thomson Hall. My advice to new choristers is to branch out and make new friends, as these friendships will be yours for life.
Hi! My name is Molly and I am so incredibly excited to be a head chorister for the TCC’s 41st season, In Remembrance. I have been in the TCC for 9 years and it has given me the most incredible experiences of my life. I have so many favourite memories with this choir but I think I would have to say that my favourite of them all would be our trip to Spain! It was a life changing experience for me and I will hold the memories of that trip in my heart forever. This season (as always) I’m the most excited for Christmas! I can’t wait to sing Christmas carols all over Toronto and spread holiday cheer. See you at our next concert!
Sing Loo! is the Toronto Children’s Chorus’s 11th annual chorister-driven fundraiser and public concert, presented each year with the generous sponsorship of the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. This campaign represents the largest source of annual operating funds for all choirs in our program – over 300 children and youth between the ages of 6 to 30!
The Toronto Children’s Chorus has achieved international acclaim through exceptional music education and life-enhancing experiences. Fundraising is essential for the organization’s continued success.
At the end of our campaign we invite our donors to come to a free, public concert at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel on Sunday, December 2 from 12 to 4pm! Choristers look forward to thanking you for your generous contribution and to “sing their pledges”!
For more information on our Sing Loo! 2018 Campaign and to read the amazing fundraising stories from our TCC choristers and staff, head over to our Canada Helps Sing Loo! Fundraising page now!
November 2018 marks a significant moment in history. One hundred years ago, Allied Nations and Germany signed an agreement to end fighting at 11am on November 11th. Six months after signing the Armistice, The Treaty of Versailles was signed, which took effect in January, 1920.
During this 100th anniversary, Toronto Children’s Chorus members have reflected upon the sacrifices made by all those who have pursued peace, from years past to present. TCC’s Chamber Choir, under Artistic Director Elise Bradley, MNZM, looks forward to presenting We Remember on Sunday November 11 at 7:30pm. Special guests include British composer/conductor, Bob Chilcott, the Elmer Iseler Singers, under the direction of Lydia Adams, and the Toronto Youth Choir, under conductor Matthew Otto. Works by composers of the four Allied Nations of Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand will be featured.
TCC Head Chorister, Charmaine, says that it is the choir’s role to serve as a bridge between composer and audience, especially regarding such vital messages as peace and remembrance. “It’s critical to convey the composer’s ideas accurately and wholeheartedly,” says Charmaine. “Whether that transfers into looking into the historical context of a song, gaining a deeper understanding into the text, or simply singing the music with your full heart, the extra effort really does make the difference between chanting text on notes and creating actual music.”
The TCC and guests will present a diverse repertoire during its November 11th concert, something Charmaine says is especially important today. “We’re approaching this concert from a very inclusive point of view; our repertoire is incredibly diverse, and I personally think it does a very good job of representing many realities that are often forgotten by the mainstream definition of remembrance.” Students today are provided a more comprehensive education on the groups and individuals involved in war, including World War I. Charmaine says this concert reflects on the sacrifices made by all.
The Chorus will remember World War I on November 11th as well as other wars and world events from the not-so-distant past. “One of my favourite songs that we will be singing during the concert is “Lux Aeterna” by Australian composer Sally Whitwell, a song dedicated to the victims of the 2016 Orlando shooting,” says Charmaine. “Performing this song shows that it’s just as important to remember and reflect upon modern tragedies…Its text combines Latin text, Lux Aeterna (a section of a Requiem mass), with its English translation, which symbolizes to me how some aspects of remembrance have remained unchanged throughout the years.”
The Chorus hopes you will join them for this inspiring concert on November 11 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
Throughout this exciting concert season, the Toronto Children’s Chorus will pay homage to all who have made sacrifices during past world conflicts, and, through music, offer hope for a more harmonious and peaceful world. Welcome to In Remembrance!
On the evening of Remembrance Day, at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, we will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice – signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – which led to the end of World War I. Music by composers representing the Allied nations of Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand will be featured, as will organist Michael Bloss, trumpeter Stan Klebanoff, percussionist Andy Morris and the bagpipes. The TCC Chamber Choir, Toronto Youth Choir, and celebrated chamber ensemble, the Elmer Iseler Singers, will welcome renowned British composer, Bob Chilcott, as guest conductor.
Other season highlights will include our inspirational holiday concert at Roy Thomson Hall on December 15, featuring all 300 choristers of the TCC, our Toronto Youth Choir, our Alumni Choir conducted by Founder Jean Ashworth Bartle, and guest artists from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Seasonal songs and carols will delight the whole family, as will the Main Choir’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s treble masterpiece, A Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by solo harp. On February 24, the Chorus will present its popular afternoon of children’s classics, A Song for Every Child: At the Movies. On May 4, TCC choirs will again join forces to perform In Remembrance, with its musical message of harmony and hope. The Chorale choir will also have the honour of performing its 46th and 47th collaborations with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra – Benjamin Britten’s powerful War Requiem in November, and Carl Orff’s ever-popular Carmina Burana in June, also featuring the Toronto Youth Choir in its debut performance with the Symphony!
In late June, to bring this exciting year full circle, the Chamber Choir will cross the Pacific for the third time on a thrilling month-long tour ‘Down Under’. While in the North Island of New Zealand, the choristers will perform in Wellington as guests of the New Zealand Choral Federation and in Auckland with Westlake Girls High School, and, in Sydney, Australia, they will be hosted by the national children’s choir, Gondwana Voices, and will also perform in the country’s capital, Canberra.
We are delighted to welcome you to our very special 2018-2019 season!
Elise Bradley, MNZM