Join the TCC
We have openings for new singers!
Are you interested in auditioning for the TCC? It's a pretty special organization filled with wonderful people who are great fun to sing with.
The TCC plans to begin singing in person once again in September 2021, and we will have openings for new singers in all sections: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. I don't typically hold annual auditions at a certain time, but rather schedule them anytime throughout the year as necessary. This year, depending on the availability of those who apply, I plan to hold auditions during the second half of August.
The TCC takes COVID-19 safety seriously and conforms to all local guidelines and restrictions. A committee of six choir members is currently developing a COVID health and safety plan, which will be in place before we have our first in-person meeting. We’re considering various risk-mitigation strategies such as singing masks, building ventilation/filtration, distancing, shorter rehearsals, and smaller groups, and we will, of course, amend our COVID policy as necessary as the situation changes. The committee will ask our current choir members to complete a survey in order to get a sense of their comfort levels with various possible safety protocols. If I arrange an audition with you, I will ask you to fill out that same survey.
Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings at the Church of the Transfiguration, on a quiet street in Toronto's Mount Pleasant West neighbourhood (see map here).
If you’d like to hear what we sound like, check out the Soundcloud links on our Recordings page. Please also see our list of expectations below to get a sense of what the TCC asks of its members.
If you are interested in auditioning, send me an email with your voice type and a few sentences about you. I’m especially interested in details of your previous choral experience, including specific choirs and/or conductors you have worked with. If it looks like you and the TCC could be a good fit, I'll be in touch to schedule an audition time and place. During your audition, I'll ask you to do some basic vocalises to get a sense of your range and sound. I'll also test your facility with language pronunciation (particularly Latin, German, and French), as well as your sight-reading abilities in both pitch and rhythm. I'll also spend some time in conversation to get a sense of who you are and what makes you unique, plus get more background on your musical past.
As an early music choir, we do sing lots of old European music; however, as a Toronto arts organization, the TCC would like to attract singers who reflect the diversity of our wonderful city (see our Non-Discrimination Statement). Our commitment to diversity and inclusion also extends to our programming: thematic programs in recent years have explored how our core repertoire intersects with the music of non-European cultures, and the choir has found itself singing in Arabic, Mandarin, Quechua, Wendat, and other non-European languages! We also have an ongoing passion for singing the works of women composers, especially those from before the 20th century.
It's also worth noting that, although we sing a lot of (Christian) religious music, we're not a religious organization — we just love the music!
I look forward to hearing from you.
One thing I love about the TCC
♦ Mary Ella M The emotional ride from first tentative sounds to feeling transported to a place of beauty when the music comes together ♦ Donald A Food for the mind, heart and soul ♦ Nancy M The way I feel when singing with these choiristers in really good harmony. I leave all my cares behind. I'm above the fray, in heaven, so to speak ♦ Lyle C Collaborating with different instrumentalists ♦ Marg W That wonderful feeling of anticipation just before a performance when I know that all our hard work together has brought us to this moment of concert readiness! ♦ John G The "off-the-beaten-track" repertoire that we sing, like our "Bach Ancestors" program ♦ Anne-Marie P Alto sectional dinners. Singing the Biber Requiem. The Bach Ancestors program. So many possibilities that I can't keep it to one thing! ♦ Michael B Making beautiful music that touches the heart with a bunch of like-minded friends — who also happen to be wonderful musicians! ♦ Lesia K The opportunity to sing beautiful repertoire with experienced and committed singers who just "get it" ♦ Jean François R Discovering under-performed composers like Biber and Rosenmüller ♦ Anne M The uniquely creative programs, the kindness of the choristers and their high musical abilities ♦
What’s expected of TCC members
TCC members should have excellent choral skills (accuracy with pitch, rhythm, pronunciation in multiple languages, ability to follow a conductor, etc.). Because the TCC specializes in Baroque and Renaissance music, having a special love for that repertoire is a bonus.
It’s important that everyone in the TCC has a positive and team-spirited attitude. We want to foster an environment where members support one another in joyful group singing.
We take attendance seriously, and unavoidable absences must be announced with as much notice as possible. You are responsible for getting notes/markings from any missed rehearsals from another choir member. Regular rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings at Church of the Transfiguration. A couple of times a year we also hold Saturday “retreats” (either full or half-day), often with special guests. We hold an additional dress rehearsal before each of our concerts, usually on a Friday night or Saturday morning or afternoon. During non-pandemic times we typically offer a subscription series of four concerts, two full evening concerts and two afternoon Kaffeemusik programs.
You must take responsibility for practising your music between rehearsals as necessary to keep pace with the choir’s work.
Many TCC members make financial donations to support the choir's activities. However, these donations are not required, and finances are not a barrier for anyone who would like to join the TCC.
The TCC is run on a volunteer basis by its choir members, and all members are expected to volunteer in some way according to their skills and interest. There are many areas where you can help, whether assisting with fundraisers, giving rides home to our high school apprentices, or joining the choir’s Board of Directors.