TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium

January 23-27, 2018 

Moments from previous symposia.

Five conductors from across North America have been selected to participate in the Symposium. Meet the conductors.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s 8th Annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium invites emerging choral conductors and those who wish to refine their skills to participate in a five-day series of workshops and master classes with acclaimed conductor Noel Edison. Participants will 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 public performance, which is webcast live.

Five conductors are selected to participate. Observers are also welcome to audit on a session-by-session or daily basis.

Symposium Schedule

Morning workshops will consist of coaching and professional development sessions focusing on conducting gestures, rehearsal techniques and score interpretation. Afternoons and evenings will be dedicated to conducting master classes with the TMC and Elora Singers, preparing music from the symphonic and chamber repertoire.  The amount of podium time for each conductor over the five-day workshop is extensive – approximately 200 minutes per conductor.

Noel Edison will lead all the sessions.  Noel is well established as one of the most versatile and charismatic conductors in the world today.  He is also an experienced workshop leader, guiding other conductors in achieving their own artistic vision.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir was founded in 1894 and has a long history of singing the best of the traditional symphonic choral repertoire, introducing rarely performed and/or contemporary choral works to the concert-going community, championing Canadian musicians and commissioning new works.  In addition to its own multi-concert subscription series, the TMC appears on a regular basis with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and other performing arts ensembles.  On average, our singers participate in 20-25 concerts per season throughout the Greater Toronto Area, and outside the city.  Noel Edison was appointed Artistic Director of the TMC in 1997.

The Elora Singers, founded in 1980 by Noel Edison, has established a reputation as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada and beyond.

The Symposium will take place at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street, Toronto.

Daily Schedule

Monday, January 22

7:00 – 9:30 pm                  TMC rehearsal. Participants are welcome to attend but this is not a mandatory part of the Symposium.

Tuesday, January 23

11:00 am – 1:00 pm         Introductory session

1:00 – 2:30 pm                  Lunch break

2:30 – 5:00 pm                  Conducting session with the Elora Singers

5:00 – 7:00 pm                  Break

7:00 – 9:45 pm                  Conducting session with the TMC

Wednesday, January 24

11:00 am – 1:00 pm         Professional development and coaching

1:00 – 2:30 pm                  Lunch break

2:30 – 5:00 pm                  Conducting session with the Elora Singers

5:00 – 7:00 pm                  Break

7:00 – 9:45 pm                  Conducting session with the TMC

Thursday, January 25

11:00 am – 1:00 pm         Professional development and coaching

1:00 – 2:30 pm                  Lunch break

2:30 – 5:00 pm                  Conducting session with the Elora Singers

Free evening

Friday, January 26

11:00 am – 1:00 pm         Professional development and coaching

1:00 – 2:30 pm                  Lunch break and concert planning

2:30 – 5:00 pm                  Conducting session with the Elora Singers

5:00 – 7:00 pm                  Break

7:00 – 9:45 pm                  Conducting session with the TMC

Saturday, January 27

11:00 am – noon               Professional development and coaching

12:00 – 1:00 pm                Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 pm                   Dress Rehearsal

3:00 – 4:30 pm                  Community Concert – open to the public

4:30 – 5:30 pm                   Post concert reception

FEES

Conductor’s fee:  $400. Includes all workshop sessions and package of music to be conducted.

Observer’s fee:  $20 per session or $50 per day. Contact manager@tmchoir.org if you would like to be an observer.

Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meals.