The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir concludes the sixth annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium with a free concert on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 3 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (doors open at 2:15 pm, seating is first-come, first-seated). This year, the TMC will be accepting donations from patrons to support the Symposium and concert, part of the TMC’s outreach programming. Suggested donation is $10. The concert will also be webcast on Livestream at livestream.com/TMChoir/Symposium2016.
This concert is a great opportunity for patrons to enjoy an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary, sacred and secular, choral music performed by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and by the Grammy-nominated Elora Festival Singers. The choirs will be conducted by the five emerging conductors participating in the TMC’s 2016 Choral Conductors’ Symposium under the direction of Noel Edison.
New for 2016, the concert will also include the premieres of two works submitted to the TMC’s Choral Composition Competition: Stuart Beatch of Regina, Saskatchewan won the inaugural Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition for his Psalm 100, and Nicholas Kelly of Penticton, BC received an honourable mention for his Spring Wind.
The five conductors participating in the 2016 Choral Conductors’ Symposium are:
Hanna Cho of Shoreline, Washington
Hanna is Director of Worship Arts and Director of Music Ministry at the First Presbyterian Church of Snohomish. She also works as Chorus Master and Rehearsal Accompanist in the Lyric Opera Northwest.
Stephen Frketic of Toronto, Ontario
Stephen is the Organist and Choirmaster at Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto. He is also a member of the evensong choir at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church.
Joshua Harper of Easthampton, Massachusetts
Joshua is the Director of Choirs at the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Massachusetts. He is also on the faculty of The Putney School’s Summer Program in Vermont.
Dan Rutzen of Toronto, Ontario
Dan conducts his own men’s chorus, The Greater Toronto MegaCity Chorus and as a pianist/musical director he has participated in productions with various Toronto theatre companies.
Jordan Van Biert of Edmonton, Alberta
Jordan is the director of the chamber choir Chronos Vocal Ensemble (Grand Prize winners in the 2015 National Choral Competition) and the community chorus Vocal Alchemy in Edmonton.
Visit the concert webpage at www.tmchoir.org/freeconcert.