TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium

January 24-28, 2017 

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s 7th 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 will have the rare opportunity to conduct 100 voices of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the 20-voice professional Elora Singers in rehearsals throughout the week and in the concluding public performance, which is webcast live.

Five conductors will be chosen as full participants and must attend all sessions. Observers are also welcome to audit on a session-by-session or daily basis.

The deadline to apply is November 18, 2016. Complete the application form and submit the required materials.

Symposium Schedule

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.  The amount of podium time for each conductor over the five-day workshop is extensive – approximately 200 minutes per conductor. All sessions will be recorded and copies will be given to you to take home.

Noel Edison will 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 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 20-25 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 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 24

11:00 am – 1:00 pm         Introductory session

1:00 – 2:30 pm                  Lunch break

2:30 – 5:00 pm                  Conducting session with the Elora Singers

5:00 – 7:00 pm                  Break

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

Wednesday, January 25

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 Elora Singers

5:00 – 7:00 pm                  Break

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

Thursday, January 26

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 Elora Singers

Free evening

Friday, January 27

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 Elora Singers

5:00 – 7:00 pm                  Break

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

Saturday, January 28

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.

REGISTRATION

Registration materials should consist of

  • completed application form
  • brief resumé of your qualifications and choral conducting experience
  • two letters of reference
  • two video samples of you conducting a choral performance and/or rehearsal. We recommend you upload your video samples to a private YouTube page, and send us the links. Alternatively, you can mail us a DVD of your samples.  Please make sure they are compatible with Windows Media Player or QuickTime.
  • Fee of $400 by cheque or credit card. (Your fee will not be cashed if you are not one of the 5 conductors selected.)

Deadline for application is November 18, 2016.

Successful applicants will be notified by December 2, 2016.