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.

Winter auditions for amateur choristers will be held for TENORS and BASSES ONLY in January.

The TMC will audition and hire a professional core of 20 singers for the 2019/20 season. Auditions for professional singers will take place in early 2019 and audition details will be announced in the new year. Read the announcement of this change to the TMC’s professional core.

See below for more details about expectations and auditions for amateur and professional singers.

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 2018/19 season page for performance dates and repertoire or the preliminary rehearsal schedule for more info on rehearsals.

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 (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 TMC will be hiring a professional core of 20 singers for the 2019/20 season (to replace the Elora Singers who previously formed the TMC’s professional core).  These professional singers will be part of all TMC rehearsals and performances, including a number of performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Expectations of our paid professional singers and audition details will be posted in early 2019 and auditions are expected to take place in late January or early February.

TMC professional singers must be able to commit to a challenging schedule of rehearsals and performances (approx. 200 hours in total from September to June).  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.

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 TMC and TMC/TSO performance.

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.