TMC February 1st Choral Conductors’ Symposium concert accessible to everyone

Attend the free concert at Yorkminster Park in Toronto * Watch the live webcast from anywhere

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium brings together five emerging conductors for a week of intense master classes and workshops with internationally-acclaimed conductor Noel Edison, working with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Elora Festival Singers. The Symposium concludes with a FREE public concert on February 1, 2014 at 3 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St., one block north of St. Clair. Seating is first come, first seated. Doors open at 2:15 pm. This year we are inviting patrons to bring a non-perishable food item for the Churches on-the-Hill Food Bank.

This concert is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a range of great choral music, including works by Canadian composers Corlis, Raminsh and Willan, and excerpts from classical masterworks: Dona nobis pacem from Bach’s B Minor MassZigeunerlieder by Brahms; The Lord is Great from Haydn’s The Creation; and Hear my prayer, O Lord by Purcell. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Elora Festival Singers will perform under the direction of the five Symposium conductors.

This concert will also be webcast live at on February 1 at 3 pm (GMT/UTC -5). Web viewers from across Canada and the world can sign in with their email address and then enjoy the concert online. This webcast will be Adobe Flash and iPhone and iPad compatible.

Here’s a video clip on YouTube from the 2013 Symposium concert – TMC performing Lacrimosa and Hostias from Mozart’s Requiem.

More details on the concert webpage

The five conductors selected to participate in the 2014 Symposium and conduct at the concert are:

Renata Dworak  is currently a graduate student in Choral Conducting at the Eastman School of Music. She is the Director of the Repertory Singers at Eastman and Music Director of Lakeville United Church of Christ in Lakeville, NY. She graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor of Music Education and taught choral music at a High School in Indianapolis.

Jeffrey Moellman is a choral conductor, organist and member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He has been Director of Music at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Orillia, Ontario since 2010. He received his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Kent State University and his Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music.

Sarah Morrison  is a music educator, choral conductor and soprano soloist. She began her singing career with the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir. Sarah has a Master of Music Education from the University of Toronto and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education. She sings first soprano in the Canadian Chamber Choir and has been the Artistic Director of The Oakville Children’s Choir since 2007. Sarah was awarded the Leslie Bell Prize in Choral Conducting in 2010.

Raymund Ocampo  currently lives in Tampa Bay, Florida where he is Associate Conductor of Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and completing his Master of Music in Choral Conducting studies at the University of South Florida. Prior to the move to Tampa Bay, Raymund was the Director of Music Ministry at Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church and the Founder and Artistic Director of ascend, a professional choir, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Zachary Maxwell Thompson is a tenor and conductor. He has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Voice and is currently completing his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. Zachary is Director of the Community School of the Arts Adult Chorus in Clarksville, Tennesse and is Assistant Conductor of the Unviersity Choir and Opera Chorus Master at Austin Peay.

Get more information online about the TMC’s Emerging Conductors Program, including the 4 th annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium.

The TMC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

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