Audition for the TMC

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir invites experienced professional and amateur singers with a passion for great choral music to join Canada’s premier symphonic choir.

Auditions will be held for amateur choristers in the spring and fall. Next Auditions: June 3 & 10, 2019. See below for details about expectations and an audition application form.

Auditions for professional core singers for the 2019/20 season were held in January. This new professional core replaces the Elora Singers who made up the professional core of the TMC for the past 20 years. Read the announcement of the change to the TMC’s professional core.

The TMC has approximately 100 experienced volunteer choristers. To be one of our amateur choristers you must have good sight-reading and rhythm skills, and prior choir experience is highly recommended. Choristers must also have the willingness and ability to commit to a challenging schedule of rehearsals and performances (approx. 200 hours in total from September to June). Check out the 2019/20 season page for performance dates and repertoire for our upcoming season. Or have a look at last season’s rehearsal schedule (2018/19 rehearsal schedule) for a sense of the time commitment required.

Regular rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7:00-9:30 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (Yonge & St. Clair). Additional rehearsals are held preceding each performance.

New TMC choristers pay a fee comprised of an annual membership fee of $200 and a one-time music deposit of $50, and must purchase their own choir uniform. TMC choristers are also encouraged to support the growth of the organization by promoting concerts, and making contributions as they are able to TMC fundraising initiatives.

If you are between 17 and 22 years old, you can audition to be a TMC Apprentice.

Annual auditions are regularly held in the spring and early September.

To apply:

  • Complete and submit the online application form.  Someone from the TMC office will contact you.
  • Prepare a piece of your own choosing to sing at your audition. This can be any classical selection – a solo aria from an oratorio or mass, or an art song. Bring two copies with you to the audition; an accompanist will be provided.
  • During the audition you will be given scales to sing to determine your placement within the choir, and ear-training and rhythm tests.

For more information, contact the Manager of Artistic Operations at (416) 598-0422 ext 223 or email operations@tmchoir.org.

The TMC is committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from minority group members and persons with disabilities. The Choir rehearses and performs in wheelchair accessible venues.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir invites experienced singers in all sections to audition for its 20-member professional core.  In addition to strong musicianship skills and excellent sight reading ability, candidates should have had professional vocal training or education as well as experience as a choral section lead.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir presents a total of approximately 20 performances per season, including 3-5 subscription programs and 10-12 performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as its partnered large-scale symphonic choir. Therefore, choristers must have the willingness and ability to commit to approximately 200 hours per season.  Regular rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7:00-9:30 pm in the Yonge & St. Clair area. Additional rehearsals are held preceding each performance. For an idea of the commitment from the 2018/19 season, check out the 2018/19 season page for performance dates and repertoire or the preliminary rehearsal schedule for more info on rehearsals.

The TMC contract is for two seasons, from September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021, with remuneration along the lines of other professional choirs in Canada. Professional core singers are expected to attend all TMC rehearsals and performances, barring illness and unforeseen circumstances. There may be opportunities for the professional core to perform on its own within select TMC concerts, and core singers will also be given opportunities for solo work, depending on the repertoire for each concert.  As well as providing leadership within their sections, professional core singers are encouraged contribute to the life of the TMC community as they are able.

Auditions will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2019. The audition will last approximately 15 minutes. Singers are asked to prepare a solo from oratorio, opera or art song, to demonstrate musicianship and vocal range. Sight reading and ear training exercises, and a brief interview will be part of the audition process. An accompanist will be provided for you at no cost, although you may bring an accompanist with you at your own expense.

If you are interested in applying for professional core membership in the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, please send an email to Kathleen Stevenson at operations@tmchoir.org with the following information:

  • a brief letter stating why you wish to be considered for a place in the TMC professional core,
  • a current CV or resumé detailing your musical education and qualifications and your choral singing experience to date, including amateur and professional positions and any choral leadership roles you have had.

Application Deadline: January 25, 2019

Please note that not everyone who applies will be granted an audition.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir aims to provide a creatively fulfilling, safe and healthy environment that is inclusive of people who identify as various races, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations. We aim to ensure positive and respectful relationships that are demonstrated by welcome, friendship and support among our members for everyone involved in our organization.  The TMC’s Creating a Safe Creative Space initiative, Policy on Harassment and Workplace Violence, and the Chorister Guidelines together outline Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s collective values and the expectations about how we will treat each other and those who interact with us. For more information, go to https://www.tmchoir.org/creating-a-safe-creative-space/.

Enjoy a video of the TMC in performance: Antonio Lotti’s Crucifixus for 8 voices, conducted by TMC Associate Conductor Jennifer Min-Young Lee.

And for many more videos, visit the TMC’s YouTube page.