Artistic Director Search
Planning for our future
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir launched its search for a new Artistic Director at a meeting on September 28, 2018. The search is headed up by TMC Board Director Dick Freeborough who has previous experience in recruiting for senior positions and has championed the development of succession planning at many boards, most importantly in 2014 as he led the search for a new President of the University of Guelph. He chairs the 11-member TMC Artistic Director Search Committee.
On May, 31, 2021 the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir named internationally recognized conductor, scholar, and pedagogue Jean-Sébastien Vallée as TMC Artistic Director, only the eighth in its history.
This appointment is the result of an extensive international search.
In his announcement, TMC Board Chair Denny Young said: “Jean-Sébastien’s appointment comes as TMC prepares to enter the post-pandemic era with a renewed and exciting commitment to choral music performance and creation. His outstanding record of artistic leadership ensures the continuation of TMC’s long and distinguished tradition of excellence. But more than that, his vision for choral music’s capacity to build inclusive communities perfectly aligns with TMC’s aspiration to be a catalyst for change. Jean-Sébastien has a demonstrated talent for creating extraordinary choral music by building inclusive ensembles, by promoting artists from Canada’s many diverse communities, and by creating innovative collaborations with organizations working in a variety of ways to build a more equitable country.”
Read the full media release.