TMC announces 2018-19 Season and appointment of David Fallis as Interim Conductor

Acclaimed Toronto conductor David Fallis has been named as Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons. “David brings to the TMC a life-long passion for choral music, incredible conducting experience, and a wide-ranging knowledge of choral repertoire and creative programming," commented TMC Executive Director Cynthia Hawkins.  "We are thrilled to work under the leadership of such an accomplished musician over the next two seasons while the TMC carries out an international search for our new artistic director.”   The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s 2018/19 season starts with performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the Fall, including Benjamin Britten’s compelling War Requiem in a concert that commemorates 100 years since the conclusion of the First World War. The TMC’s own concert season begins in early December with Festival of Carols, the Choir’s annual joyous welcome to the season.  Then in January, a Free Community Concert will focus on the music of great composers from Canada and the United States. In February the TMC, with orchestra, will perform two great 18th century choral-orchestral masterpieces by Handel and Haydn. The season concludes with Sacred Music for a Sacred Space in April with a program that brings together two rich choral traditions: the French subtlety of Messiaen, Poulenc and Martin, and the mystical traditions of Eastern Europe and Russia.
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Categories: 2018-2019 Season and Media Releases.

Noel Edison resigns as artistic director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

The Board of Directors of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (TMC) has received and accepted the resignation of artistic director Noel Edison,
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Categories: 2017-2018 Season and Media Releases.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Board reviewing results of investigation into complaints against Noel Edison

In February of this year, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (TMC) Board of Directors, along with the Board of Directors of the Elora Festival and The Elora Singers, retained an independent workplace investigator to investigate complaints made against artistic director Noel Edison. (Read the March 1st Letter to the TMC Community.) The TMC is now in receipt of the investigator’s report. The TMC is aware that the Board of the Elora Festival and The Elora Singers has met and announced their decision regarding Noel Edison. The TMC Board of Directors expects to issue its own statement as soon as it has convened and reached a decision. The TMC wishes to thank all those who participated in the investigation process.
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Categories: 2017-2018 Season and Media Releases.

TMC announces critically-acclaimed conductor David Fallis will conduct Choir in March Sacred Music concerts

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is pleased to announce that renowned Canadian conductor and music director David Fallis will be guest conductor for the TMC’s annual Sacred Music for a Sacred Space concerts on March 28 and Good Friday, March 30 at St. Paul’s Basilica. David Fallis is a Canadian conductor and music director renowned for his work in many genres of music. As Music Director of Toronto’s Opera Atelier he has led critically acclaimed productions of major operatic works. As Artistic Director of the Toronto Consort, Canada’s leading ensemble specializing in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque, David has toured extensively in Canada, the US and Europe, and has led the ensemble in their numerous recordings.  He also directs Soundstreams Choir 21, a vocal ensemble specializing in contemporary choral music.
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Categories: 2017-2018 Season and Media Releases.

A letter to the TMC community

To the TMC community -- Last night, we became aware of a media report that makes reference to allegations of sexual misconduct against Noel Edison. News of these allegations may have elicited in you, as it has in us, feelings of shock and sadness. Faced with this situation, we must make tough decisions, balancing the obligations we have to all parties involved. These parties include Noel and the complainants, and very importantly, they include choristers and all other members of the TMC and Elora Singers community.
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Categories: 2017-2018 Season and Media Releases.

TMC to cancel March 6 & 7 MacMillan & Pärt concerts

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir regrets to inform patrons that our MacMillan & Pärt concerts on March 6th and 7th have been cancelled. Patrons who have purchased tickets to this concert will be contacted directly. At this time, the Artistic Director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Noel Edison, has taken a personal leave of absence. We do not know how long the leave will be. In the interim, we have immediately begun a search for a guest conductor to fill in for Mr Edison in his absence.
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Categories: 2017-2018 Season and Media Releases.

TMC brings a focus to the art of conducting – and shares an inside look

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Conductors’ Symposium, now in its eighth year, is an important part of its Emerging Conductors Program to further the development of young conductors. The week-long series of workshops and conducting sessions, led by acclaimed conductor Noel Edison, brings together five conductors from across North America. Participants have the rare opportunity to conduct 100 voices of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the 20-voice professional Elora Singers in rehearsals throughout the week and in the concluding free public performance on Saturday, January 27th, which is also webcast live.  
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Categories: 2017-2018 Season and Media Releases.

TMC Announces winner of the 2017 Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition

Toronto composer Joannie Ing has been awarded the Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition for her composition The Good News Carol.  This is the third year of the TMC’s Choral Composition Competition for emerging Canadian composers.  For 2017, the competition called on unpublished Canadian composers to submit a sacred or secular work for the Christmas season, not more than five minutes in length, for SATB, either a cappella or accompanied by organ.
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Categories: 2017-2018 Season and Media Releases.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Huddersfield Choral Society from the UK join forces for a concert on June 4

The TMC is thrilled to welcome the UK’s acclaimed Huddersfield Choral Society (founded in 1836) to Toronto this Spring. On June 4th these two world-class choirs will join forces to present a concert of choral classics, featuring many of the greats of English Cathedral music. The choirs will fill Yorkminster Park with a grand symphonic sound.
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Categories: 2016-2017 Season and Media Releases.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announces 2017/18 season

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, under the direction of Artistic Director Noel Edison, will present four subscription concerts during 2017/18 and will perform a number of great orchestral choral works with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as they mark Peter Oundjian’s final season. The TMC is making two important changes for this season. Three of the concerts will now be performed on two nights. And, new subscription pricing means the more concerts patrons purchase, the more they save.
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Categories: 2017-2018 Season and Media Releases.