Artistic Director Search

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.

Cynthia Hawkins, Executive Director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, will work closely with Dick in managing the search. Cynthia brings an encyclopedic knowledge of the Choir from her thirteen years as TMC Executive Director, and her life-long involvement with choirs in Toronto and Montreal.

The eleven Search Committee members were chosen for their range of experiences and backgrounds, including an emphasis on experienced musicians and those who understand professional music-making. The Committee includes TMC board and chorister representatives as well as external experts. TMC Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor, David Fallis, will serve as an advisor to the Committee.

TMC representatives
Dick Freeborough, TMC Board, Committee Chair
Lloyd Chiotti, TMC Board
Tim Taylor, TMC Board
Jennifer McGraw, TMC Board and chorister
Susan Worthington, TMC chorister
Frances Price, TMC patron and donor
Cynthia Hawkins, TMC Executive Director

External music experts
Rick Phillips, Classical Music writer, reviewer, music tour guide, and concert host
Marta McCarthy, Associate Professor, University of Guelph
Don McLean, Dean of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
Sir Andrew Davis, TSO Interim Artistic Director (TSO liaison)

Read more about our Search Committee members.

The Artistic Director search is expected to be a two-year process, and to be international in scope. A key feature of the search process will be to seek input from all of the TMC community as well as from external music experts. Short-listed applicants will be invited to guest conduct at a TMC concert.

“I learned at the University of Guelph how important and valuable it is to include broad representation on the committee and to seek input from all who want to provide it. There are no shortcuts in this process – we must take the time to make sure we get the best Artistic Director for our Choir and for our local, national and international role in choral music.”

Dick Freeborough, TMC Board Director & Artistic Director Search Committee Chair

Regular updates to the search process will be posted on this page. If you have any questions, or would like to provide feedback during any part of the search process, we would love to hear from you. Send your comments to