The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir has been collecting music scores for most of its 125 year history and has one of the most extensive choral music collections in the country. We have more than 400 different works, totalling over 50,000 scores. Our extensive choral library covers works from A (Adonai Adonai by Srul Irving Glick) to Z (Zadok the Priest by Handel) and everything in between.
In the past 50 years we have only had two librarians: Lorraine Spragg recently retired after 15 years, and before her, Roger Hobbs looked after our choral library for 35 years!
In the past the collection was even larger than it is now. When TMC moved offices several years ago, due to less storage space available in the new office, there was a purge of 1.75 metric tonnes of paper. Much of the music found new homes with local choirs and beyond.
The TMC choral library is an important resource for the Choir – for our own performances and for our Singsation Saturday workshops – and also for other choirs. The TMC rents scores and ships them out to a wide variety of choirs across Canada. Music is available twelve months of the year and the catalogue can be viewed on-line on our website https://www.tmchoir.org/choral-music-library/. The TMC Choral Music Library is open one day a week to conductors, students and other choral musicians. If you are interested in exploring new repertoire, or having a closer look at works you might want to perform, we invite you to get in touch.
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