Take the Podium Conducting Symposium

A Rare Opportunity

Our Annual Choral Conducting Symposium returns this season under the leadership of Artistic Director Jean-Sébastien Vallée.

Five conductors have been selected for the 2022 Symposium.

 

Take the Podium Conducting Symposium

Meet Me Here: Songs of Sanctuary
Rescheduled: June 24-28, 2022 

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s annual Choral Conducting Symposium returns this season under the leadership of Artistic Director Jean-Sébastien Vallée. The program invites emerging conductors and those who wish to refine their skills to participate in a five-day series of workshops and masterclasses with Jean-Sébastien. Participants will have the rare opportunity to conduct the 100 voices of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the 20-voice professional core of the TMChoir in rehearsals throughout the week and in the concluding public performance, which is webcast live.

The theme for the repertoire of this year’s Symposium is Songs of Sanctuary: a musical reflection on the meaning of exile and sanctuary through the works of Caroline Shaw, Paul Hindemith, Roderick Williams, Benjamin Britten, and many others.

The TMChoir is thrilled to welcome five conductors from across North America to Toronto in June for the Symposium.

Meet the Conductors

Joshua Boggs, of Emory, Virginia. Joshua is Assistant Professor of Choral and Vocal Studies at Emory & Henry College in Virginia, and Founding Artistic Director of AppOpera.

Ann Chen, of Los Angeles, California. Ann is pursuing a Master of Music degree in choral music at the University of Southern California. Prior to that she taught and conducted in Vancouver, B.C. 

Marcus Desir, of Los Angeles, California. Marcus is the conductor of the recently established Los Angeles-based singing group, De-Nuance, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in choral music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

Sarah Maria Leung, of Toronto, Ontario. Sarah is Music Director at the Newman Centre at the University of Toronto, and Assistant Conductor at Pax Christi Chorale and the project-based group Incontra Vocal Ensemble.

Matt Taylor, of Athens, Georgia.  Matt is a DMA student at the University of Georgia, currently pursuing his degree in Choral Conducting on a Hoveland Choral Fellowship.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir welcomes and encourages applications from conductors who identify as various races, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations. The Choir is committed to eliminating systemic barriers and to a more inclusive experience. We are focused on fostering creative spaces that are safe, respectful and accessible for everyone. Read the TMChoir’s statement of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Webcasts of previous Symposium concerts

You can enjoy the full concert webcasts of some of our previous Symposium concerts on Vimeo. Visit www.vimeo.com/TMChoir