Singsation Saturdays

Come and sing with us!

Join a vibrant community of singers from different musical backgrounds united by their love of choral singing. Each choral workshop is led by a different guest conductor who brings their passion and knowledge of the repertoire to us. Learn about the music and sing through the works with singers who come together from across the GTA.

TMC’s Singsation Saturdays take place at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Cameron Hall from 10:30 am to 1 pm. Yorkminster Park is located at 1585 Yonge St, one block north of the St. Clair subway station. Participants should go through the glass side doors, which face Yonge St., in order to get to Cameron Hall.
(Note: Cameron Hall is wheelchair accessible.)

The fee is $10 per workshop, which includes refreshments. Bring your voice: we provide the music. Register at the door for each Singsation.

Thanks to all the conductors and participants who made 2017/18 a great season of Singsations. And to Irene Bailey who sponsored the 2017/18 Singsation Saturday program. Thank you. You can see who conducted us and what we sang below.

Our 2018/19 Singsation Saturday season will be announced soon. Sign up (to the right on this page) to receive Singsation emails.

Here’s what we sang in our 2017/18 Singsation season.

October 14, 2017
Traditional favourites and contemporary a cappella works with conductor Dallas Bergen

Join us to sing a selection of works with this dynamic conductor.

  • Brahms, Wie Lieblich (the TMC sings this work with the TSO in September)
  • Bruckner, Locus Iste
  • Stanford, Beati Quorum Via
  • Raminsh, Ave Verum Corpus
  • Whitacre, Lux Aurumque
  • Chilcott, The Gift to be Simple
  • Contemporary settings of some African-American spirituals

Dallas Bergen is a singer and choral conductor. He is the founding member of Univox Choirs Toronto, a community choirs organization for young adults founded on the principles of relationship building, social responsibility and musical excellence. He is also music director at First Unitarian Congregation.

10:30 am to 1 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

November 18, 2017
A Canadian celebration with conductor Stephane Potvin

Stephane Potvin

Join us to sing music by Canadian composers to celebrate 150 years of Canadian confederation. Stephane will take us through a range of works from Raminsh’ Ave Verum to a selection of folk songs including Song for the Mira and We Rise Again.

Stephane Potvin is the founder and artistic director of the professional group Musikay in Oakville and Hamilton. His career has taken him throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe to work with orchestras and choirs, including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra London, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Brott Music Festival Choir, and the McGill Chamber Singers.

10:30 am to 1 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

February 24, 2018
Beethoven Mass in C Major with conductor
Jennifer Min-Young Lee

Jennifer Min-Young Lee

Join TMC Associate Conductor Jennifer Min-Young Lee to sing Beethoven’s Mass in C Major.

Jennifer Min-Young Lee is in her third year as Associate Conductor of the TMC. She also teaches music and conducts three choral ensembles at Bur Oak Secondary School. Jennifer holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, as well as Bachelor of Music and Education degrees from the University of Western Ontario, London.

10:30 am to 1 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

April 14, 2018
Rachmaninoff’s Vespers with conductor Renata Dworak Berlin

Renata Dworak Berlin

Sing through excerpts from the Vespers of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil, Opus 37 (Musica Russica edition).

Renata Dworak Berlin is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Ethiopian Peace Choir – the first initiative of its kind in the Horn of Africa. She moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in the Summer of 2017, following three years of teaching and directing at Princeton University in New Jersey, USA. She is also a past TMC Symposium conductor.

10:30 am to 1 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

May 12, 2018
Romantic repertoire with conductor David Fallis

David Fallis

Sing through some great romantic repertoire, including Vaughan WilliamsThree Shakespeare Songs and The Lover’s Ghost; Bruckner‘s Locus iste; Mendelssohn‘s Hear my prayer; and BrahmsLiebeslieder Waltzes. He’ll also take us through Healey Willan‘s Behold, the tabernacle of God.

David Fallis is renowned for his work internationally and with Toronto ensembles Opera Atelier, Choir 21 and Toronto Consort. David recently conducted the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in its critically-acclaimed Sacred Music for a Sacred Space concerts in March.

10:30 am to 1 pm at  Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.