TMC presents the Elora Festival Singers in concert

The TMC launches its 2016/17 season by presenting the Grammy-nominated Elora Festival Singers in concert on October 16. In this season, celebrating Noel Edison’s 20th with the Choir, the TMC is proud to give audiences an opportunity to experience Noel’s internationally-acclaimed chamber choir, the Elora Festival Singers (the other half of his artistic life), in Toronto. The EFS will perform a cappella works by the Italian Renaissance master Palestrina and contemporary composers Arvo Pärt, John Tavener and Jocelyn Morlock.
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TMC part of ground-breaking choral audience research by Chorus America

Chorus America has just released the results of its ground-breaking two-year long study into choral music audiences and the impact of choral concerts. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir was one of the 23 participating choirs in this extensive research project. The Intrinsic Impact Audience Project is the first-ever systematic study of choral music audiences. The results shed light on what moves and motivates the people who attend choral music performances. In partnership with leading research and consulting firm WolfBrown, Chorus America is making the study and the surveying tools used available to the field to help all choruses create meaningful and engaging experiences for their communities. Read the summary or download the full report at Chorus America. Chorus America is an advocacy, research and leadership development organization that advances the choral field. It is based in Washington, DC and has members from across North America.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir celebrates Artistic Director Noel Edison’s 20th season

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (TMC) presents a season of inspiring choral music for 2016/17 – from an intimate a cappella performance to a grand oratorio with full orchestra. In November the Choir celebrates Noel Edison’s 20th season with one of his favourite works, Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah, at Koerner Hall. Noel Edison has been widely recognized and appreciated by choristers, critics and patrons for his skillful interpretive work with both choir and orchestra. His vision for the TMC is to create performances that connect audiences emotionally with some of the greatest traditional and contemporary choral repertoire.
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TMC announces two pop up concerts for 2016

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir invites Torontonians to take a musical break during their work-day. Members of the Choir, led by Grammy-nominated conductor Noel Edison, will perform 20-minute a cappella performances in two interesting downtown spaces: Brookfield Place and the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir takes on Haydn’s magnificent Creation, April 27th

“Haydn’s music is the sorbet of life. It’s fresh – not over-played, not over-worked” says Artistic Director Noel Edison of his decision to program Franz Joseph Haydn’s The Creation this season. The TMC performs this work, with orchestra and guest soloists, at Koerner Hall on April 27th.
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Annual Sacred Music for a Sacred Space concert to be presented on two evenings: March 23 and 25

For this annual Toronto Mendelssohn Choir concert, artistic director Noel Edison has put together a program that brings together sublime choral music from the Renaissance with contemporary works that are evocative and approachable. The experience of the music is complemented by the beautiful surroundings and acoustics of St. Paul’s Basilica – a feast for the eye and the ear. New for this year, the Choir will perform the Sacred Music program on two nights: Wednesday, March 23 and Good Friday, March 25 at 7:30 pm.
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TMC presents free community concert, January 30, 2016

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir concludes the sixth annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium with a free concert on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 3 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (doors open at 2:15 pm, seating is first-come, first-seated). This year, the TMC will be accepting donations from patrons to support the Symposium and concert, part of the TMC’s outreach programming. Suggested donation is $10. The concert will also be webcast on Livestream at livestream.com/TMChoir/Symposium2016.
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TMC announces conductors for 2016 Choral Conductors Symposium

Five conductors from across North America have been selected to participate in the TMC’s sixth annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium (Jan 26-30, 2016), led by conductor and artistic director Noel Edison. Conductors will work with Noel and with the Elora Festival Singers and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir on a variety of choral music for chamber and large-scale ensembles, including works by composers from Palestrina, Mendelssohn and Elgar to Britten, Pärt and Corlis.
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TMC announces winner of first annual Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir launched a new Choral Composition Competition for emerging Canadian composers in August 2015. This competition called on unpublished Canadian composers to submit a work, not more than five minutes in length, for SATB or double choir, either a cappella or accompanied by piano or organ. The Choir received 28 submissions from composers across the country. In December a jury of four leading choral musicians met to discuss the compositions and awarded the Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition to Stuart Beatch of Regina, Saskatchewan for his work Psalm 100. Beatch receives the cash prize of $1000 and his work will be premiered at the TMC’s Choral Conductors’ Symposium free concert at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church on Saturday, January 30, 2016 (www.tmchoir.org/FreeConcert).
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Festival of Carols Dec 9

Noel Edison has put together a program that spans four centuries and patrons will experience this music coming from different parts of the Church, including the balconies. Repertoire stretches from the late Renaissance O Magnum Mysterium by Thomas Luis de Victoria, and Canada’s oldest Christmas carol, The Huron Carol, to the African American spiritual Keep your lamps, and Roger Miller’s Old Toy Trains.
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