Audition for the TMC

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir invites experienced amateur singers, aged 17 and up, with a passion for great choral music to join Canada’s premier symphonic choir.

Auditions are regularly held for amateur choristers in the spring and fall.

Next Auditions: September 1 & 2, 2020 – online only through Zoom.

See below for details about expectations and an audition application form.

Auditions for our professional core of 20 singers for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 season were held in January 2019. There will be no new auditions for professional singers in 2020.

The TMC has approximately 100 experienced volunteer choristers, aged 17 and up. To be one of our amateur choristers you must have good sight-reading and rhythm skills, and prior choir experience is highly recommended. TMC choristers are re-auditioned each year prior to the start of the new season.

What’s happening in 2020/21

For Fall 2020, auditions will be held online and choristers will participate in online virtual choir activities in the Fall and Winter, with the hope that there may be some small group gatherings later in the season when health and safety makes it possible.  Exciting plans are coming together for Fall and Winter 2020 under the artistic leadership of Simon Rivard.

Chorister fees are being waived for the 2020/21 season. Choristers are asked, if they are able, to support the TMC’s fundraising campaign to keep activities going throughout the period of the pandemic.

What is the commitment like for a pre-pandemic season?

In a normal season, choristers must be willing and able to commit to a challenging schedule of rehearsals and performances (approx. 200 hours in total from September to June). 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.


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. 
  • During the audition you will be given scales to sing to determine your placement within the choir, and sight-singing and rhythm tests.

For a rhythm example, look at The Offertorium from Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.

For a sight-singing example, look at But thanks be to God from Handel’s Messiah

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

 

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.