Join the TCC
We are always interested in hearing from new singers who would like to audition!
Are you interested in auditioning for the TCC? It's a pretty special organization filled with people who are both capable and warm-hearted. TCC members also share a special fondness for Renaissance and Baroque music.
We are always open to hearing auditions from excellent singers of all voice types and backgrounds. Currently (fall 2022), our choir numbers are quite close to our ideal, but there are potential openings in all sections (SATB). We’re especially interested in auditioning singers from under-represented groups (see more on this below).
The TCC members have maintained their strong bonds with one another throughout the pandemic and have shown a strong desire to keep one another safe. The choir takes COVID-19 safety seriously: Our Health & Safety Committee has developed our COVID protocols, which are updated according to changing pandemic conditions. The protocols include singing with masks, physical distancing, and a vaccine mandate for all singing members.
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). Typically, rehearsals run from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Our final rehearsals close to a performance can expand to three hours.
If you’d like to hear what we sound like, check out the Soundcloud links on our Recordings page. Please also scroll down 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 conductors you have worked with. I may ask if you’d be willing to send me an informal recording of your singing, if you’re able to do that. If it looks like you and the TCC could be a good fit, I'll be in touch to schedule an audition.
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, as well as your sight-reading abilities in both pitch and rhythm. I do recognize that not all great singers are great sight-readers, and so I invite you to bring a prepared song or choral excerpt to sing. I also like to spend some time in conversation to get a sense of who you are, what makes you unique, and what you could bring to the TCC community.
As a Toronto arts organization, the TCC recognizes the need for our membership to better reflect the diversity of our fantastic city (see our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement). Diversifying our choir has become increasingly important to us, and so we’re especially interested in auditioning singers from under-represented groups, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and youth.
As an early music choir, we do sing lots of old European music; however, our commitment to EDI 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 (with the help of special guests) 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.
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, reliable music reading skills, etc.
It’s important that everyone in the TCC has a positive and team-spirited attitude. We want to foster an environment where the choir members support one another in joyful group singing.
We take attendance seriously, and unavoidable absences must be announced with as much notice as possible with an email to the director and to the choir volunteer who takes attendance. You are responsible for getting notes/markings from any missed rehearsals from another choir member. If you are ill or out of town, you are encouraged to attend rehearsal virtually when we can provide that option.
Regular rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings at the Church of the Transfiguration. A couple of times a year we also hold Saturday “retreats,” 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. We typically offer a subscription series of four concerts — two full evening concerts and two afternoon Kaffeemusik programs — plus fundraising events such as our annual Scotiabank run and a recital that features our Toronto Chamber Consort section leads.
You must take responsibility for practising your music between rehearsals as necessary to keep pace with the choir’s work.
Most TCC members make financial donations each season to support the choir's activities. However, the amount of these donations is flexible, and finances will not be a barrier for any qualified singer 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 contribute 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. If you are offered a place in the TCC, a board member will be in touch to discuss volunteer opportunities that are a good match for 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