TMChoir alumnus, Tom Logan, loved to sing. He proudly sang with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for 25 years. But starting from an early age, Tom’s life was filled with music and it played a major role until his death in March of 2022.
As a young person, he studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music, eventually achieving an ARCT diploma. Then came a career as an elementary school teacher with Tom always finding ways to engage his young students in music. His was a life well lived.
After Tom passed away, we learned that he left a $430,000 bequest to the TMChoir in his Will. It is with humility and sincere gratitude that we acknowledge this very generous act. Tom’s lawyer, Marni Whitaker, and choristers Annie Odom and Jan Szot contributed memories for this tribute.
They remember a quiet, private man whose home was always filled with music. When Tom retired from the choir, Annie and Jan made sure that he stayed connected, helping him get to concerts and rehearsals from time to time. Choral music was not his only passion. A lifelong opera fan, he rarely missed a Metropolitan Opera’s radio broadcast on Saturdays. Over time, he collected an impressive number of classical music recordings and he also took pride in his collection of TMChoir concert programs.
Tom’s connection to the RCM continued throughout his life. He regularly attended master classes, showing a keen interest in the emerging careers of young vocal artists. And, because of his generosity, many of those students received financial support from scholarships he donated.
Tom will always be remembered as a TMChoir chorister, and we deeply appreciate the extraordinary legacy gift he thoughtfully planned during his life. Because of Tom, the TMChoir’s future is more secure. His is an example that inspires us all to consider how our estate planning now can make certain that TMChoir continues to be Canada’s preeminent choral organization long into the future. For information about legacy giving at the TMChoir, please contact Anna Kajtar.