Chamber Choir will be flying to Newfoundland and Labrador for Podium Conference and Festival this June for its 7th national tour! While at Podium, the Chorus will be singing a Spotlight Concert on July 2 (11:30am), and will be performing in a Highlight Concert entitled Ring of Fire with Hamilton Children’s Choir and Indonesian Children and Youth Choir on July 3 at 4pm. Additionally, the Chorus will be singing the 11am service at Cochrane Street United Church. Finally, Artistic Director Elise Bradley will also present two sessions entitled Ring of Fire: The insider’s guide to the repertoire and Choral sound from the inside out: The conductor’s art of listening.
In anticipation for this exciting festival, Artistic Director Elise Bradley was interviewed for Amy Desrosiers’ Podium 2018 Choir Blog Series. Read some of the interview below and check out the rest on her blog.
Amy Desrosiers: What is the importance of fostering choral singing for your choir?
Elise Bradley: I firmly believe that studying choral music offers young people the opportunity to achieve artistic excellence, experience the joy of performance, acquire musical and leadership skills, learn self-discipline and teamwork, make life-long friends, and grow in a mutually supportive environment. It is a privilege to offer these life-changing opportunities to the children in our choirs and to share with them my passion for the art of choral music.
Amy Desrosiers: Where did you begin to build a programme list for Podium?
Elise Bradley: I began by selecting the theme for our current season, ‘Fire and Ice’, so that I could build repertoire that would also be suited to my vision for our Podium performances. The TCC is collaborating with the Hamilton Children’s Choir (whose conductor is from Russia) and with the Cordana Youth Choir (from Indonesia), so all the music selected reflects the heritage and languages of countries located around the Pacific Rim on the ‘Ring of Fire’.
Amy Desrosiers: What can audiences hope to see from your choir at Podium?
Elise Bradley: Audiences will hear new repertoire in a new context through our collaborative choral project. A full range of repertoire – from early genres to modern music, as well as dance – will represent the many countries on the Ring of Fire. A variety of instruments will also be played, including quartz singing bowls, Samoan fala, and medieval percussion.
Amy Desrosiers: How important is it for choirs to promote the works of contemporary Canadian composers?
Elise Bradley: As a conductor in New Zealand for almost 30 years prior to moving to Canada, I regularly featured Canadian music in performances with my choirs! I feel it is tremendously important to support and promote the work of Canadian composers. In the Toronto Children’s Chorus, we are fortunate to commission and work with many composers, both in rehearsal and in concert – Elise Letourneau, David Patriquin, Shireen Abu-Khader, Eleanor Daley, Larysa Kuzmenko, and Hussein Janmohamed, to name but a few.
Registration for the 2018-2019 Kindernotes program is now open (registration is online ONLY). Classes are offered at our St. Clair and North York locations. Click here to read more and register!
It is with mixed emotions that the TCC Board of Directors announces the departure of our Executive Director, Victoria Buchy, effective at the end of July 2018. Victoria will be pursuing an exciting opportunity in media production and although we are sorry to see her go, we are thrilled for her as she begins this new adventure. We thank Victoria for her dedication to the TCC over the past four seasons, and wish her well in her future endeavours.
The Board of Directors is commencing a search for a Managing Director and has engaged the services of cultural management consulting firm Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates to assist.
Join Associate Conductors Linda Song and Louise Lui in our expanded North York Training Choir program for 2018/2019!
- Children aged 6-10 can audition for a placement in either Preparatory Choir, Training Choir I or Training Choir II with rehearsals taking place at Claude Watson School for the Arts. Read more about our ensembles and rehearsal schedule here.
- Children aged 3 to 6 can join KinderNotes, our introductory music program. No audition is required for this 45-minute music class. One class for ages 3-4 and one class for ages 5-6 will be held on Thursday evenings at Claude Watson School for the Arts. Online registration opens June 11, 2018. Read more about Kindernotes here.
Join us for an Open Rehearsal on April 24 in North York
|What:||Training Choir Open Rehearsal (Ages 6-10)|
Tuesday, April 24 from 4:45pm to 6:30 pm*
*This is not a drop-in rehearsal, please prepare to arrive with your child for 4:45pm.
|Where:||Claude Watson School for the Arts (130 Doris Avenue)|
|How to RSVP:||Email Eunillyne Lazado with your child’s name and age plus attending parent’s name by April 23.|
Ready to Audition for the 2018/2019 Season
When are auditions?
May 12 and May 26 at Yonge/St. Clair
Where are auditions?
May 12 Auditions:
26 Delisle Avenue (Calvin Presbyterian Church)
May 26 Auditions:
1570 Yonge Street (Christ Church Deer Park)
This season, the Toronto Children’s Chorus has created a jam-packed year of concerts and events in celebration of our 40th anniversary. As part of our celebrations, the Chorus is conducting 40 good deeds to give back to Toronto. So far, the TCC has donated used clothing, pet supplies, personal hygiene products and toys to those in need. Choristers and staff have also given their time to a number of charitable causes. Naturally, the Chorus also wants to show its appreciation by performing for the local Toronto community. This February, we invite you to three FREE concerts!
- The TCC’s senior choir (including the award-winning touring choir) and Toronto Youth Choir will welcome February with stunning repertoire on Sunday the 4th. Catch this free concert at Calvin Presbyterian Church at 4pm.
- On February 20th, Toronto Children’s Chorus Main Choir (that’s about 100 senior choristers!) will perform at 7pm at Calvin Presbyterian Church.
- Finally, the Chorus is incredibly excited to present a joint performance with Sistema Toronto on February 21st! TCC’s Training Choir III and ensembles from Sistema Toronto will sing their favourite winter and movie-themed songs at Calvin Presbyterian Church starting at 7pm. Sistema Toronto uses ensemble-based music education to transform the lives of at-risk children. Training Choir III choristers can’t wait to sing with friends from Sistema and hope that you will join our audience on the 21st.
Catch one or all of our free performances this February!
Sunday, February 4th, 4PM, Calvin Presbyterian Church: TCC’s Chorale ensemble with Toronto Youth Choir
Tuesday, February 20th, 7PM, Calvin Presbyterian Church: TCC’s Main Choir
Wednesday, February 21st, 7PM, Calvin Presbyterian Church: TCC’s Training Choir III with Sistema Toronto