Audition for the TMSingers
Be a part of the TMChoir’s professional ensemble
Here’s a great opportunity to sing with artistic director Jean-Sébastien Vallée in the TMSingers – the professional ensemble that forms the core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Next Auditions: TBA
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir has completed auditions for its TMSingers for the 2022/23 season. Members of the TMSingers (16-24 singers) perform in TMChoir concerts, singing as part of the full TMChoir and as a separate ensemble. They will also perform as a professional chamber ensemble representing the TMChoir in other performances and educational activities. TMSingers singers also have the opportunity to audition for solos within certain TMChoir concerts. The TMChoir and TMSingers are led by Artistic Director Jean-Sébastien Vallée.
If you are an amateur singer looking to audition to be a regular member of the TMChoir, please visit Audition for the TMChoir.
Singers who are offered a place in the TMSingers will receive competitive pay and a contract for one year.
To apply for an audition please submit:
- A current resume
- Two references including phone numbers and e-mail addresses
- Also recommended, if available: Audio recordings including two solo vocal works in contrasting styles and languages.
Please email these materials to Kathleen Stevenson, Director of Artistic Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: TBA.
Please note that not everyone who applies will be granted an audition.
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir aims to provide a creatively fulfilling, safe and healthy environment that is inclusive of people who identify as various races, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations. We aim to ensure positive and respectful relationships that are demonstrated by welcome, friendship and support among our members for everyone involved in our organization. The TMChoir’s Creating a Safe Creative Space initiative, Policy on Harassment and Workplace Violence, and the Chorister Guidelines together outline Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s collective values and the expectations about how we will treat each other and those who interact with us. For more information, go to https://www.tmchoir.org/creating-a-safe-creative-space/.
You will be contacted to inform you whether you are being invited for an in-person audition.
Singers who receive an in-person audition should prepare the following materials:
- Gloria (B minor Mass) – Johann Sebastian Bach | MM. 1-113 (performed at A440 | All sopranos should prepare the sop. 1 line)
- Kyrie (Requiem in D) – José Maurício Nunes Garcia (performed at A440)
- One piece to highlight the applicant’s musical strengths and solo ability
- Octatonic scale up and down
- The audition may also include sight-singing exercises; rhythmic sight-reading; and pitch and interval exercises
Auditions will be in person with appropriate Covid-19 safety precautions in place.
Annual TMSingers auditions are held in January/February.
Click on the video below to see the Professional Ensemble, conducted by Jean-Sébastien Vallée, performing Zoltan Kodaly’s stunning arrangement of Veni, Veni Emmanuel at Festival of Carols on December 1, 2021.