TMC presents six dynamic Singsation Saturday choral workshops for 2014-15 season

An opportunity for singers from across the GTA to sing great choral works together under the direction of some of Toronto’s talented conductors

It has been well-reported that singing together helps people and communities (including in the recent Chorus America report “Singing and Psychological Well-being”. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s popular outreach program, Singsation Saturdays, offers people this very opportunity – to sing great choral music together with choral music lovers from across the City.  Each workshop features a different guest conductor.

Singsation Saturdays are open to anyone who loves to sing and between 80 and 120 singers regularly attend, including repeat and new participants, along with some TMC alumni and current TMC choristers.

The TMC offers five regular Singsation Saturday choral workshops throughout the season. And, starting in 2013, the Choir added a special free Culture Days Singsation as part of the nation-wide Culture Days celebrations.

Regular workshops run from 10:30 am to 1 pm., and most take place at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (Yonge and St. Clair).  The $10 fee includes refreshments.

More information is available at www.tmchoir.org

2014-15 Singsation Saturday Schedule

Culture Days Singsation – Saturday, September 27, 2014
Centre for Social Innovation Annex – The Garage
720 Bathurst St. (1 ½ blocks south of Bloor)
10:30 am to 12 noon; FREE
Shawn Grenke, guest conductor
Shawn will take participants through some popular classical choral works.
Shawn is Director of Music at All Saints, Kingsway, the accompanist for the Amadeus Choir, and the assistant conductor and accompanist for the Hamilton Children’s Choirs.

Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass – Saturday, October 18, 2014
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge St.
10:30 am to 1 pm; $10, includes refreshments
Caron Daley, guest conductor
Caron will take participants through the exciting Lord Nelson Mass, a work that the TMC will perform at its 2014-15 season-opening concert.
Caron is currently TMC Associate Conductor and Artistic Director of the Mississauga Children’s Choir.

Christmas carols and hymns – Saturday, November 22, 2014
In a new location!

St. Anne’s Anglican Church (known as the Group of Seven Church)
270 Gladstone Ave.
10:30 am to 1 pm; $10, includes refreshments
Matthew Otto, guest conductor
Matthew is Music Director of St. Anne’s, Associate Conductor of Toronto Children’s Chorus, and former TMC Associate Conductor.

Opera Choruses – January 17, 2015
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge St.
10:30 am to 1 pm; $10, includes refreshments
Sandra Horst, guest conductor
Participants are invited to join Canadian Opera Company Chorus Master Sandra Horst to sing through some well-loved opera choruses. Sandra is also Head Coach/Conductor and Chorus Director for the Opera Division of UofT’s Faculty of Music.

Brahms’ Requiem – Saturday, February 28, 2015
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge St.
10:30 am to 1 pm; $10, includes refreshments
Michael Bloss, guest conductor
Michael is an accomplished conductor and organist. He has performed extensively with the TMC and the Elora Festival Singers.  He is Director of Music at Christ’s Church Cathedral in Hamilton.

Composer and conductor Timothy Corlis – April 18, 2015
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge St.
10:30 am to 1 pm; $10, includes refreshments
Timothy Corlis, guest conductor
Timothy Corlis  is an accomplished composer and has composed a number of works for the TMC.  This is a rare opportunity for participants to sing through and learn about some of Tim’s beautiful compositions from the composer himself. The Wholenote has said of Tim that he is “a composer of great depth and passion, not to mention a pristine polished craft.”

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