From the Executive Director’s Desk – Winter 2016

Headshot of Cynthia Hawkins
Headshot of Cynthia Hawkins
Cynthia Hawkins, TMC Executive Director

Welcome to the March issue of Voice of Mendelssohn. This month, we feature stories on three individuals from our community; alumna, chorister and emerging conductor. The stories are heartwarming as they illustrate the impact that the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir has had on their lives; in one case challenging a young conductor to greater achievement, in another, sharing the gift of choral music with others, and in the third, inspiring a chorister to make a gift to inspire young composers in their creativity.

Many of our newsletter readers only know one facet of our multi-faceted organization. You may know us only through performances in our subscription season, or because of your attendance at our Singsation Saturday workshops. Some of you have made a donation to the Choir because you know one of our choristers, but may have never experienced the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir personally. We hope these and other stories in Voice of Mendelssohn will give you a glimpse into what makes our TMC community so special.

But, we wouldn’t have had the impact on the individuals in these stories without the support of members of the TMC community. We were so gratified by the donations made at our January 30th Symposium concert—close to $2,300 was collected in support of the Choral Conductors’ Symposium at which Dan Rutzen was an eager participant. And, on March 14th we will be announcing the results of our 2016 Conductor’s Challenge Campaign in support of TMC performances, education and outreach this season. We are simply delighted with its success!

Thank you to all our community—those who are actively engaged as singers, conductors, volunteers or workshop participants; and those of you who help us in our vision to be the champion of choral music in Canada. We are strong and vibrant because of your dedication to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.


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