Singsation Saturdays

Come and sing with us!

TMC’s regular Singsation Saturdays take place at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Cameron Hall from 10:30 am to 1 pm. Yorkminster Park is located at 1585 Yonge St, one block north of the St. Clair subway station. Participants should go through the glass side doors, which face Yonge St., in order to get to Cameron Hall. Click here for a map.

These open choral workshops attract a vibrant community of singers from different musical backgrounds united by their love of choral singing.

The fee is $10 per workshop, which includes refreshments. Bring your voice: we provide the music. Register at the door for each Singsation.

Next Singsation: June 11, 2016 with Noel Edison

And mark your calendars for our series of 2016/17 Singsations.


2015-16 Singsation Saturday Schedule

September 26, 2015
Culture Days Singsation with conductor Jenny Crober

Headshot of Jenny Crober

Jenny Crober

To celebrate national Culture Days, the TMC is offering a FREE  Singsation Saturday in a great downtown location.

Guest conductor Jenny Crober will take participants through an eclectic mix of choral favourites, including classical, jazz, and world music, in the Garage at the TMC’s Annex home, the Centre for Social Innovation.

Jenny Crober is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the VOCA Chorus of Toronto.  A former student of the legendary conductor Deral Johnson, she has had a richly varied career of over 35 years as a professional musician: as a collaborative pianist, coach, choral conductor, teacher, clinician, dance accompanist, choral arranger and a cappella jazz vocalist.  She was thrilled to co-conduct choristers from five Canadian provinces in a performance of Scott Macmillan’s Celtic Mass for the Sea at Carnegie Hall in NYC in May 2015.

Celebrate Culture Days with us.

10:30 am to noon at 720 Bathurst St—Centre for Social Innovation Annex. CSI Annex is 1 ½ blocks south of Bloor and Bathurst.

November 14, 2015
Mervin Fick, Guest Conductor


Mervin Fick

Join guest conductor Mervin Fick of the MCS Chorus and Toronto Beach Chorale for a program of Handel’s stirring Coronation Anthems.

Mervin Fick brings more than 35 years of creative leadership as a choral conductor, vocal coach, teacher, and clinician to his work with several choirs across the Greater Toronto Area, including the MCS Chorus, the Toronto Beach Chorale, the PCS Singers of Brampton, and the award-winning Esprit Chamber Choir. His extensive knowledge of choral repertoire, innovative programming, and commitment to community involvement are complemented by his dedication to singers’ development and expertise in vocal pedagogy. The vitality he brings to his teaching motivates and engages singers.

10:30 am to 1 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

January 16, 2016
Elaine Choi, Guest Conductor

Elaine Choi

Elaine Choi

Join Choral Conductors’ Symposium alumna, local conductor Elaine Choi for a Canadian Singsation. Singers will explore a sampling of Canadian Sacred repertoire.

Elaine Choi contributes to Toronto’s vibrant choral community as a conductor, educator and accompanist. She is currently the Director of Music at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. As a music educator, Elaine works as a faculty member at the National Music Camp and a guest artist at The York School and Rosedale Heights School of the Arts. Elaine is the co-founder and co-conductor of Windago, an ensemble of wind instruments and SATB chorus, which has premiered works by Alice Ho, Stephanie Martin, Kevin Lau, Elisha Denburg and many more.

10:30 am to 1 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

March 5, 2016
Caron Daley, conductor

Caron Daley

Caron Daley

Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man, can justifiably be called an internationally best selling contemporary choral work. Conductor Caron Daley will lead singers in a reading of this powerful choral examination of the nature and consequences of war.

Caron Daley is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she conducts the Voices of Spirit and the Women’s Pappert Chorale, and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting. A native of Nova Scotia, Caron held the position of Associate Conductor with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir from 2013-15, and has held teaching/conducting appointments with the University of Toronto, Trinity Western University, Dalhousie University, and St. Michael’s Choir School. Passionate about conductor education, Caron founded the Halifax Summer Choral Conducting Symposium, which attracts participants from across North America, in 2013.

10:30 am to 1 pm at  Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

April 9, 2016
Hilary Apfelstadt, Guest Conductor

Hilary Apfelstadt

Hilary Apfelstadt

Get your oratorio on with Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Haydn’s The Creation. Singers will read through two staples of the Classical oratorio repertoire, under the guidance of Singsation favourite Hilary Apfelstadt.

Hilary Apfelstadt is Professor and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Toronto, where she holds the Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting. She is also Artistic Director of Exultate Chamber Singers of Toronto.

10:30 am to 1 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

May 14, 2016
Bob Anderson, conductor

Headshot of Bob Anderson

Bob Anderson

Local conductor, composer, and music educator Bob Anderson will showcase a year in the life of the award-winning Cawthra Park Chamber Choir, with a programme of short choral works including selections from Canadian and American composers: Eleanor Daley’s For the Fallen; Imant Raminsh’ Ave Verum Corpus; Eric Whitacre’s Water Night; Harry Somers’ Feller from Fortune; and Paul Halley’s Freedom Trilogy. Get a sense of the music in our YouTube May 2016 Singsation music sampler.

Since 1991, Bob Anderson has taught vocal and instrumental music in the Peel District School Board, most recently conducting the celebrated Cawthra Park Chamber Choir. His choral arrangements and compositions are published with several Canadian publishers.

10:30 am to 1 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

NEW: June 11, 2016
Noel Edison, conductor

Noel Edison

We’ve added a special fundraiser for our Singsation Saturdays. It’s an opportunity to support the Singsation program, sing with Noel, and to pick the music we sing!

The fee for this special choral workshop is $30.  All proceeds will go to support Singsations. You can pre-pay by calling Kimber Jonah in the TMC Box Office at 416-598-0422, ext 221 or you can pay at the door (dependent on availability).

What are we going to sing?  Well, that is up to our Singsationeers.  We’ve pulled together a list of popular works sung at Singsations over the past few years — from grand oratorios to anthems and East Coast ballads.  Vote for the music to sing here.

Noel Edison is entering his 20th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.  TMC choristers enjoy singing under his dynamic and engaging direction, and share in his vision to create performances that connect audiences emotionally with some of the greatest traditional and contemporary choral repertoire. Noel is also conductor of the Elora Festival Singers which he founded in 1980. The EFS perform during the Elora Festival, tour and record.  They also form the professional core of the TMC.

10:30 am to 12:45 pm at  Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.