TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium

January 26-30, 2016 

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s 6th Annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium invites emerging choral conductors and those who wish to refine their skills to participate in a five-day series of workshops and master classes with acclaimed conductor Noel Edison. Participants have the rare opportunity to conduct the 100-voice Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the 20-voice professional Elora Festival Singers in rehearsals throughout the week and in the concluding public performance, which is livestreamed to the Internet.

Five conductors from across North America have been chosen as full participants.  Meet the five conductors.

Hanna Cho, Stephen Frketic, Joshua Harper, Dan Rutzen, and Jordan Van Biert

Hanna Cho, Stephen Frketic, Joshua Harper, Dan Rutzen, and Jordan Van Biert

Learn more about the conductors in the media release.

Symposium Schedule

Observers are welcome to audit on a session-by-session or daily basis.

Morning workshops will consist of coaching and professional development sessions focusing on conducting gestures, rehearsal techniques and score interpretation. Afternoons and evenings will be dedicated to conducting master classes with the TMC and EFS, preparing music from the symphonic and chamber repertoire.  Each conductor will be given extensive time with both ensembles, and all sessions will be recorded and video provided for review and analysis.

Noel Edison lead all the sessions.  Noel is well established as one of the most versatile and charismatic conductors in the world today.  He is also an experienced workshop leader, guiding other conductors in achieving their own artistic vision.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir was founded in 1894 and has a long history of singing the best of the traditional symphonic choral repertoire, introducing rarely performed and/or contemporary choral works to the concert-going community, championing Canadian musicians and commissioning new works.  In fact the 2016 Symposium concert will see the premiere of a new Canadian work, the winner of the newly launched Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition.

In addition to its own multi-concert subscription series, the TMC appears on a regular basis with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and other performing arts ensembles.  On average, our singers participate in approximately 20 concerts per season throughout the Greater Toronto Area, and outside the city.  Noel Edison was appointed Artistic Director of the TMC in 1997.

The Elora Festival Singers, founded in 1980 by Noel Edison, has established a reputation as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada and beyond.

The Symposium will take place at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street, Toronto

Daily Schedule

Tuesday, January 26

11:00 am – 1:00 pm         Introductory session

1:00 – 2:30 pm                  Lunch break

2:30 – 5:00 pm                  Conducting session with the EFS

5:00 – 7:00 pm                  Break

7:00 – 9:45 pm                  Conducting session with the TMC

Wednesday, January 27

11:00 am – 1:00 pm         Professional development and coaching

1:00 – 2:30 pm                  Lunch break

2:30 – 5:00 pm                  Conducting session with the EFS

5:00 – 7:00 pm                  Break

7:00 – 9:45 pm                  Conducting session with the TMC

Thursday, January 28

11:00 am – 1:00 pm         Professional development and coaching

1:00 – 2:30 pm                  Lunch break

2:30 – 5:00 pm                  Conducting session with the EFS

Free evening

Friday, January 29

11:00 am – 1:00 pm         Professional development and coaching

1:00 – 2:30 pm                  Lunch break and concert planning

2:30 – 5:00 pm                  Conducting session with the EFS

5:00 – 7:00 pm                  Break

7:00 – 9:45 pm                  Conducting session with the TMC

Saturday, January 30

11:00 am – noon               Professional development and coaching

12:00 – 1:00 pm                Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 pm                   Dress Rehearsal

3:00 – 4:30 pm                  Community Concert – open to the public

4:30 – 5:30 pm                   Post concert reception

 

FEES

Conductor’s fee:  $400. Includes all workshop sessions, downloads or copies of rehearsal videos, and package of music to be conducted.

Observer’s fee:  $20 per session or $50 per day.  Contact Executive Director Cynthia Hawkins at manager@tmchoir.org.

Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meals.   Financial assistance and some billeting is available.