Audition for the TMC

TMC choristers. Photos by Brian Summers

TMC choristers. Photos by Brian Summers

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir invites experienced singers with a passion for great choral music to join Canada’s premier symphonic choir.

If you are between 17 and 22 years old, you can audition to be a TMC Apprentice.

Spring 2017 auditions will be held on June 19 & 20.  Annual auditions are regularly held in the spring and early September.

Considering auditioning, come and experience the TMC in an open rehearsal on May 29 or June 12 at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall. Rehearsals run from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. RSVP to the TMC office at 416-598-0422 ext 221 or email

Good sight-reading and rhythm skills are necessary, as well as the willingness and ability to commit to a challenging schedule of rehearsals and performances (approx. 200 hours in total from September to June).  For a sense of the time commitment, check out the TMC’s 2016/17 chorister rehearsal and concert schedule.

Regular rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7:00-9:30 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (Yonge & St. Clair). Additional rehearsals are held preceding each performance.

TMC choristers pay a fee comprised of an annual membership fee of $185 and a one-time music deposit of $50, and must purchase their own choir uniform. TMC choristers are also encouraged to support the growth of the organization by promoting concerts, and making contributions as they are able to TMC fundraising initiatives.

To apply:

  • Complete and submit the online application form.  Someone from the TMC office will contact you.
  • Prepare a piece of your own choosing to sing at your audition. This can be any classical selection – a solo aria from an oratorio or mass, or an art song. Bring two copies with you to the audition; an accompanist will be provided.
  • During the audition you will be given scales to sing to determine your placement within the choir, and ear-training and rhythm tests.

For more information, contact (416) 598-0422 ext 221 or email

The TMC is committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from minority group members and persons with disabilities. The Choir rehearses and performs in wheelchair accessible venues.