TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium

 

A Rare Opportunity

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

The Application is due by November 15, 2021.

 

 

TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium

February 1-5, 2022  | Deadline to apply is November 15, 2021

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s annual Choral Conductors’ 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 TMC in rehearsals throughout the week and in the concluding public performance, which is webcast live.

Up to five conductors may be selected to participate. Conductors are also welcome to apply to be an observering conductor for the full symposium or an auditing conductor on a session-by-session or daily basis.

Jean-Sebastien Vallee on the podium conducting. He is looking to his right and he has a baton in his hand.

Symposium Schedule

Morning workshops will consist of coaching and professional development sessions focusing on conducting gestures, rehearsal techniques, and score interpretation. Afternoons and evenings will be dedicated to conducting masterclasses with the full TMC and the TMC’s 20-member professional core, preparing music from the symphonic and chamber repertoire.  The amount of podium time for each conductor over the five-day workshop is extensive – approximately 200 minutes per conductor.

Jean-Sébastien Vallée will lead all the sessions.  Jean-Sébastien is an internationally recognized conductor, scholar, and pedagogue. In addition to his work as Artistic Director of the TMC, he is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Studies, and Coordinator of the Ensembles & Conducting Area at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir was founded in 1894 and has a long history of singing the best of the symphonic choral repertoire, introducing rarely performed and contemporary choral works to the concert-going community, championing Canadian musicians, and commissioning new works.  In addition to its own multi-concert season, the TMC appears on a regular basis with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and other performing arts ensembles.

The Symposium will take place at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street, Toronto.

Daily Schedule

Tuesday, February 1
11:00 am – 1:00 pm     Introductory session
1:00 – 2:30 pm            Lunch break
2:30 – 5:00 pm           Conducting session with the TMC’s 20-member professional core
5:00 – 7:00 pm            Break
7:00 – 9:45 pm            Conducting session with the TMC

Wednesday, February 2
11:00 am – 1:00 pm     Professional development and coaching
1:00 – 2:30 pm            Lunch break
2:30 – 5:00 pm           Conducting session with the TMC’s 20-member professional core
5:00 – 7:00 pm            Break
7:00 – 9:45 pm            Conducting session with the TMC

Thursday, February 3
11:00 am – 1:00 pm     Professional development and coaching
1:00 – 2:30 pm            Lunch break
2:30 – 5:00 pm           Conducting session with the TMC’s 20-member professional core
Free evening

Friday, February 4
11:00 am – 1:00 pm     Professional development and coaching
1:00 – 2:30 pm            Lunch break and concert planning
2:30 – 5:00 pm           Conducting session with the TMC’s 20-member professional core
5:00 – 7:00 pm            Break
7:00 – 9:45 pm            Conducting session with the TMC

Saturday, February 5
11:00 am – noon          Professional development and coaching
12:00 – 1:00 pm           Lunch
1:00 – 2:15 pm             Dress Rehearsal
3:00 – 4:30 pm           Community Concert – open to the public and livestreamed

FEES
Active Conductor: $400 – includes participation and podium time in all workshop and conducting sessions, and the package of music to be conducted.
Observing Conductor: $200 – includes attendance (NO podium time) at all workshops and conducting sessions, and package of music.
Auditor: $20 per session or $50 per day.

Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meals.

APPLICATION
Your application is due by November 15, 2021.

SYMPOSIUM APPLICATION FORM

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 TMC’s statement of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.