Following a competitive audition process, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir has named pianist Dr. Irene Gregorio as its new collaborative pianist. In this critical role, Irene will work with Artistic Director Jean-Sébastien Vallée and Associate Conductor Simon Rivard in the preparation of the Choir for concerts – playing for TMC rehearsals and auditions. She will also join the Choir on stage as pianist in some concerts.
Irene Gregorio is a pianist, educator and music director. She earned her DMA at the University of Southern California and, after a 15-year career in California, recently returned home to Canada where she serves as the Director of Music Ministry at Dublin St. United Church, and Sessional Instructor of Piano at the University of Guelph. As a pianist and chamber musician, she has collaborated in recital with members of the LA Phil and San Francisco Symphonies. She has served as pianist for the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California Chamber Singers, among others. Read Irene’s bio here.
TMC Artistic Director Jean-Sébastien Vallée is thrilled to welcome Irene to the TMC’s artistic team: “Dr. Gregorio is a fantastic musician with a wealth of experience as chamber musician, vocal coach, and music director. Moreover, Irene comes to the TMC with extensive experience working with choral ensembles as accompanist and conductor. I know that her passion and deep knowledge of choral repertoire and pedagogy will greatly benefit the Choir. I also had the opportunity to work with Irene for several years in Los Angeles and experience how she develops positive and collaborative relationships with conductors and ensembles. I know that this approach will contribute so much to our musical community. I look forward to working with her.”
Irene says of her new position: “I am truly honoured to join the artistic team of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and esteemed conductors, Jean-Sébastien Valléee and Simon Rivard. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our long tacet has given us time to reflect and shift our priorities. Coming together again to make music takes on new meaning and a re-energized vision, and I look forward to delving into the exciting programming that is planned for this 21-22 season! It is truly a privilege to be part of the incredible legacy and community of choral artists and musicians of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.”
TMC rehearsals begin September 13th with the concert season beginning on November 2nd. An announcement of the full season, along with information on how to purchase in-person tickets and online tickets for the streamed concert, will be issued in September. The 2021/22 season is outlined on the TMC website.