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The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is hiring two artistic positions. Join us in making great choral music.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is seeking an accompanist to join the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s artistic team, starting in September 2018.

Primary responsibilities including playing for rehearsals of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. The majority of rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7:00-9:30 pm, but additional rehearsals may occasionally be added on other evenings throughout the season. The TMC accompanist will also play for four TMC rehearsals per season under the direction of guest conductors of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Other responsibilities include playing for singer auditions and may include playing for some performances of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, depending on the season.

Check out the preliminary concert and rehearsal schedule for the 2018/19 season (schedule is subject to change). A copy of the TMC’s rehearsal and performance schedule is available upon request.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will

  • hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent in piano performance
  • be a post-grad piano student or a professional accompanist
  • have excellent sight-reading skills and an understanding of the collaborative nature of a choral accompanist
  • have at least three years’ experience accompanying choral ensembles
  • be reliable and a good communicator
  • be skilled and committed to building a close relationship between conductor, accompanist and choir

This is a part-time contract position (September to June) with a rehearsal fee of $50 per hour, and concert fee to be negotiated.

Please apply with a letter of application, current resumé, two reference letters, and two video recordings. We recommend you upload your video samples to a private YouTube page, and send us the links.

Deadline for applications is July 5, 2018.  Interviews and a brief rehearsal audition will be held in mid-July.

Cynthia Hawkins, Executive Director
Email: manager@tmchoir.org
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
720 Bathurst Street, Suite 404
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
www.tmchoir.org

TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is Canada’s world-renowned large vocal ensemble. With over 135 voices, the TMC is uniquely able to perform the great symphonic choral works the way they were intended – resulting in a pure, powerful musical experience.

TMC audiences enjoy choral masterpieces drawn from five centuries, including world premieres of new compositions and some rarely heard works.  In addition to a series of self-produced performances, the TMC appears regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and makes other guest appearances.

The TMC presented its first concert as part of Massey Hall’s inaugural season in 1895. Since its inception, the TMC has flourished under the leadership of seven of Canada’s pre-eminent conductors, most recently Noel Edison. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, alongside Sir Andrew Davis and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Choral Performance for the TSO recording of Handel’s Messiah in 2017. In June 2018, David Fallis was appointed to the position of Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor for the next two seasons, while the TMC undertakes an international search for a new Artistic Director.

DAVID FALLIS

David Fallis is a Canadian conductor and music director renowned for his work in many genres of music. He was appointed Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in June 2018.

Read more about David Fallis.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is accepting applications for the two-year position of Associate Conductor.

The TMC Associate Conductor Program provides talented and world-class-potential choral conductors at the early stage in their career with coaching, training and mentoring from Canada’s pre-eminent choral organization, while providing the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir with high-calibre conducting support.

The Associate Conductor will work closely under the guidance of Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor David Fallis, by attending all rehearsals and performances, directing the TMC ensembles when requested, and providing general music assistance.  He/she will report to the Interim Conductor on all artistic issues, and to the Executive Director on administrative, organizational, and outreach activities. Check out the preliminary concert and rehearsal schedule for 2018/19 (schedule subject to change).

Primary Responsibilities

  • Learn all repertoire being sung by the TMC ensembles each season
  • Attend all rehearsals of the TMC ensembles as a non-singing member
  • Rehearse and conduct the TMC ensembles in select rehearsals throughout the season, as requested by the Interim Conductor
  • Become familiar with orchestral scores of works with orchestra that the TMC is preparing, and be prepared to rehearse and conduct those works as requested by the Interim Conductor
  • Conduct the TMC ensembles in select performances throughout the season, at the request of the Interim Conductor
  • Assist the Interim Conductor with auditions throughout the season
  • Collaborate with the Interim Conductor and Executive Director on artistic programming as requested
  • Participate in TMC education and outreach activities as mutually agreed upon
  • Be willing to attend TMC meetings as requested by the Interim Conductor and Executive Director

Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a gifted and passionate conductor who is at an early stage in their career and is

  • Presently qualified to work in Canada

And with

  • A post-graduate degree in choral conducting or equivalent experience
  • Experience in conducting both choral and orchestral scores
  • Fluency in both choral and orchestral score study
  • A highly developed sense of hearing
  • A clear understanding of vocal technique and the ability to communicate that knowledge
  • An in-depth knowledge of, and passion for choral music
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

This is a two-year contract position (September to June) with a salary of $12,500 for the first year and $15,000 for the second, and is supported by a continuing education bursary of $2,500 per year.  The position starts September 2018.

Please apply with a letter of application, current resumé, two reference letters and video recordings of yourself conducting a choir in both rehearsal and performance.  All materials can be submitted electronically.

  • Your letter of application should outline your career goals and how this position will align with those goals, what specific skills or areas of focus you would like to work on over the two years of the position, and why working with David Fallis and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir will help you develop those skills.
  • We recommend you upload your video samples to a private YouTube page, and send us the links.

Deadline for applications is July 5, 2018.  Interviews will be held in mid-July.

Cynthia Hawkins, Executive Director
Email: manager@tmchoir.org
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
720 Bathurst Street, Suite 404
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
www.tmchoir.org

TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is Canada’s world-renowned large vocal ensemble. With over 135 voices, the TMC is uniquely able to perform the great symphonic choral works the way they were intended – resulting in a pure, powerful musical experience.

TMC audiences enjoy choral masterpieces drawn from five centuries, including world premieres of new compositions and some rarely heard works.  In addition to a series of self-produced performances, the TMC appears regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and makes other guest appearances.

The TMC presented its first concert as part of Massey Hall’s inaugural season in 1895. Since its inception, the TMC has flourished under the leadership of seven of Canada’s pre-eminent conductors, most recently Noel Edison. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, alongside Sir Andrew Davis and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Choral Performance for the TSO recording of Handel’s Messiah in 2017. In June 2018, David Fallis was appointed to the position of Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor for the next two seasons, while the TMC undertakes an international search for a new Artistic Director.

DAVID FALLIS

David Fallis is a Canadian conductor and music director renowned for his work in many genres of music. Read more about David.