Audition for the TMC

Sing with 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.

Next Auditions: January 2022

Join the TMC and sing with our new Artistic Director, Jean-Sébastien Vallée.  2021/22 concerts will include Brahms’ Requiem with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Festival of Carols with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Sacred Music for a Sacred Space concert with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and a new commission by Odawa First Nation composer Barbara Assiginaak. Read more about the 2021/22 season.

The 120-voice TMC is looking to expand its community. To add your voice to the ensemble, you must have musical and singing experience. Prior choral experience is highly recommended. Details about expectations and how to audition, and a link to the audition application form are below.

Auditions will be in person with appropriate Covid-19 safety precautions in place.

Annual auditions are held in the spring and early September.

A row of male choristers are singing during rehearsal. They are all holding music.
A row of female choristers are singing during rehearsal. We see them from the side. They are all in casual dress.
Three female choristers are singing during a rehearsal. We see them from the side. They are holding black music folders.
A group of choristers are singing during rehearsal. They stand in rows with women in front of the men. They are all holding music.

An exciting 2021/22 season

We are planning an inspiring 2021/22 season of in-person rehearsals with four self-produced concerts featuring major works and new commissions under our new Artistic Director Jean-Sébastien Vallée.  The Choir will also perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as part of their season.

What is the commitment expected from singers?

Singers must be willing and able to commit to an exciting 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 singers pay a fee comprised of an annual membership fee of $200 and a one-time music deposit of $50, and must purchase their own concert attire.


To apply:

  • Complete and submit the online application form.  Someone from the TMC office will contact you.
  • Prepare a solo musical selection of your own choosing to sing at your audition. An piano accompanist will be provided – please bring an extra copy of your score. 
  • Prepare the assigned musical excerpts – these will be provided to you once an audition has been booked.
  • During the audition you will be asked to sing a series of simple vocal exercises to determine your range and overall musical ability.
  • The audition will also include a simple sight-singing exercise.

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

For a sight-singing example, look at Gently, Lord, O Gently Lead Us by Nathaniel Dett.

Contact the Manager of Artistic Operations by email at operations@tmchoir.org if you have additional questions.

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: an excerpt from Brahms’ Zigeunerlieder.