Singsation Saturdays

Come and sing with us!

Join a vibrant community of singers from different musical backgrounds united by their love of choral singing. Each choral workshop is led by a different guest conductor who brings their passion and knowledge of the repertoire to us. Learn about the music and sing through the works with singers who come together from across the GTA.

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.
(Note: Cameron Hall is wheelchair accessible.)

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

Our 2017/18 Singsation schedule of conductors and repertoire will be announced soon. 

If you want to put dates in your calendar, 2017/18 Singsations will take place on: October 14; November 18; February 24; April 14; and May 12.


Hope you enjoyed our 2016/17 workshops which were generously supported by Irene Bailey.

October 1, 2016
Culture Days @Toronto Public Library: TMC Singsation Saturday 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 repertoire from a variety of styles and genres, in the Palmerston Library. Join us and sing works like Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday, James Gordon’s haunting Frobisher Bay and a work by Ola Gjeilo.

Jenny Crober is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the VOCA Chorus of Toronto.  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 Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston Ave – 2 blocks west of Bathurst, just north of Bloor Street.

November 26, 2016
Music of Haydn with conductor Jennifer Min-Young Lee

Jennifer Min-Young Lee

Join TMC Associate Conductor Jennifer Min-Young Lee to sing Haydn’s Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo No 7 and also some secular part songs from a collection, Aus Des Ramlers Lyrischer Blumenlese.

Jennifer Min-Young Lee is in her second year as Associate Conductor of the TMC. She also teaches music and conducts three choral ensembles at Bur Oak Secondary School. Jennifer holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, as well as Bachelor of Music and Education degrees from the University of Western Ontario, London.

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

February 11, 2017
French greats with conductor Xavier Brossard-Ménard

Xavier Brossard-Ménard

Join Quebec conductor Xavier Brossard-Ménard to sing through two fabulous French works – Duruflé’s Requiem and Vierne’s Messe Solennelle. Read about these works in Program notes from a TMC Sacred Music concert.

Xavier Brossard-Ménard is Artistic Director of the St. Lambert Choral Society in Quebec. He is both a conductor and a clarinetist and is well-known for his innovative approach to classical and contemporary music. Over the ten last years, he has worked with a wide variety of ensembles such as the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the McGill Conservatory Singers, and the Drummondville Symphony Orchestra Choir.  He is a previous participant in the TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium.

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

March 18, 2017
The Apostles with conductor Stephanie Martin

Stephanie Martin

Sing through choruses from Elgar’s oratorio The Apostles with conductor Stephanie Martin. Read a synopsis of this work.

Stephanie Martin is an award-winning conductor and composer. She is Artistic Director of Pax Christi Chorale and Schola Magdalena and associate professor of music at York University. Pax Christi Chorale will be performing The Apostles in their 2016/17 season.

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

April 8, 2017
Gospel music with conductor Karen Burke

Karen Burke

Toronto Mass Choir co-founder Karen Burke will lead singers through a great morning of gospel music.

Karen Burke is associate professor of gospel choir and jazz vocals at York University. She co-founded the Toronto Mass Choir and is founding director of the York University Gospel Choir. Her music career also includes work as a busy guest speaker, classical piano teacher, adjudicator and clinician offering gospel music workshops.

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

May 6, 2017
Chichester Psalms with conductor Dan Rutzen

Dan Rutzen

Sing through Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with conductor Dan Rutzen.

Dan Rutzen is Artistic Director of The Greater Toronto MegaCity Chorus and is a performer and board member with the Canadian Men’s Chorus.  He also has extensive experience as musical director for a number of productions in Toronto, including the Dora winning production of Of A Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Ecce Homo Theatre.

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