Founding of Toronto Mendelssohn Choir by Augustus Vogt.
Massey Music Hall (now called Massey Hall) was built in the same year that the Choir was founded. TMC has performed at Massey Hall many times.
January 1895 – The Mendelssohn Choir of Toronto, under conductor Augustus Vogt, presents its first concert.
First concert with symphony orchestra (Pittsburgh Orchestra); the first of several partnerships with major US orchestras
February 1906 – The Choir tours to the US and performs Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Pittsburgh Orchestra, receiving rave reviews.
February 1910 – The Choir President receives flowery thanks from the choristers for a successful 1909-10 tour to Buffalo and Cleveland.
TMC commissions composer Healey Willan. He composes An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts for the Choir.
TMC makes its first recording singing under conductor Herbert A. Fricker. They recorded Palestrina’s Adoramus Te and Exultate Deo.
April 1929. Memorial stained glass window to Augustus Vogt, the Choir’s founder and first conductor, is unveiled at St. Paul’s Bloor Street.
December 1932. TMC’s first performance of Handel’s Messiah. The Choir has performed Messiah every year since and has recorded it a number of times.
February 1936 – The TMC presented the Canadian premiere of Sir William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.
Sir Ernest MacMillan, Canada’s “Musical Knight,” becomes the TMC’s third conductor. He held the position until 1957.
At the start of her career, when she was just 22, Lois Marshall was engaged by Sir Ernest MacMillan as a soprano soloist for the TMC’s Bach festival.
1952/3 Critically acclaimed recordings of the Messiah and St. Matthew Passion under Sir Ernest MacMillan
Conductor Elmer Iseler takes over the reins of the TMC. He was Artistic Director for 33 years, from 1964 to 1997.
The TMC records the Godfrey Ridout arrangement of O Canada.
First tour to Europe, appearing in Paris, Lucerne, the Proms in London and the Edinburgh Festival
November 1973 – TMC performs Canadian composer André Prévost’s Missa de Profundis, commissioned for them by the CBC.
July 1976 – TMC performed as part of the Cultural programming at two Olympic Games – the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Formation of the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir
Juno-nominated recording of Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis
Recording of film score of Schindler’s List with composer John Williams
Receipt of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Arts
Recording of the Berlioz Requiem under Noel Edison for Naxos
September 1999- Singsation Saturdays, a popular TMC education program, is born.
Formation of the Mendelssohn Singers
Tour to Vienna and Salzburg, appearing with the Vienna Boys Choir
Recording of “A Festival of Carols” – Music for the Christmas season. Now available on Spotify and iTunes.
Performance of Oratorio Terezin by Canadian composer Ruth Fazal at Carnegie Hall
Inception of the TMC Apprentice program, replacing the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir program
Creation of the annual TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium for emerging conductors, led by Noel Edison
Participation in the 2010 Cultural Olympiad in connection with the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, BC
Inception of the Associate Conductor position
January 2012- TMC concert webcasts begin, reaching choral music lovers across Canada and the world.
March 2013 – TMC commissions Canadian composer Timothy Corlis. God so Loved the World for choir and solo cello is premiered at the TMC’s 2013 Sacred Music for a Sacred Space concert.
TMC and Noel Edison nominated, alongside Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis, for a Grammy for Best Choral Performance for the TSO Recording of Messiah.
TMC’s 7th conductor, Noel Edison, resigns in April. He led the Choir for 21 years.
October 2019 – TMC commissions a work from Cree composer Andrew Balfour to mark the Choir’s 125th anniversary. Mamachimowin is premiered on October 20, 2019 at the 125th Gala Concert.