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Applying for the 2019-2020 Season

Potential applicants should be aware that most of our Consort singers have had experience/training in the field of historical performance (usually in summer programs, university collegiums, projects with period instrument ensembles, etc.).

Applicants should start by studying the season schedule at the bottom of this page. In order to be offered a position, applicants should be able to commit to this schedule. Exceptional absences can be granted but must be negotiated well in advance with the TCC Artistic Director. Applicants with some conflicts are still encouraged to apply, however. The possibility of sharing positions between two singers has enabled us to find solutions to conflicts in the past.

Note that the TCC holds an intimate fundraising evening for the Consort Program each spring. Consort members are asked to prepare a solo to perform at this event (past recital themes have included songs by Monteverdi, Schubert songs with guitar, English lute songs, and cantatas by Barbara Strozzi).

Application Process

The deadline for all materials to be received is Saturday, May 25, 2019.

Selected finalists will be asked to do a 20-minute audition/interview on the morning of Saturday, June 1. (Please advise us if this date absolutely cannot work for you – we’ll see what we can do!)

This audition is about your musicianship and leadership skills, so you won’t be asked to sing an aria (and you won’t need an accompanist). You’ll be given a short sight-reading and musicianship test and then be asked to lead a short (8-10 min.) sectional rehearsal. This sectional will be with a few singers from the choir on a short piece of choral music emailed to you a couple of days before the audition.

Please send all materials by email to musicdirector@torontochamberchoir.ca using the subject line CONSORT APPLICATION, indicating the section position you are applying for (SATB), and including the following:

  • A current CV
  • One or two references with a phone number and/or an email address. These should be conductors, coaches, or teachers you’ve recently worked with.
  • An example of your singing, preferably in Renaissance or Baroque repertoire. Please include an internet link or attach an audio or video file to the message
  • A letter of introduction, which can simply be in the body of your email message, that should
✔ Describe your experiences singing early music. Include any training you’ve had in historical performance and/or performing experience with early music ensembles.
✔ Describe any section-lead work you’ve done or other leadership responsibilities you’ve been given in any ensembles you’ve worked with.
✔ Mention briefly any special skills you have to offer the TCC.
✔ Discuss any potential conflicts with this season’s TCC rehearsal schedule that you know of at this time. (Please see the schedule below.)

 


Toronto Chamber Choir 2019-2020 Schedule – DRAFT
Updated Sunday, March 24, 2019 – Subject to Change!!!

 

Regular Wednesday night rehearsals take place at St. Patrick’s German Parish Hall, 131 McCaul Street.

Program #1: “Don’t Be Weary, Traveller”
With Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, director

1: Wednesday, September 4: 7:30-10:00
2: Wednesday, September 11: 7:30-10:00
3: Wednesday, September 18: 7:30-10:00
4: Wednesday, September 25: 7:30-10:00 (Consort leading)
5: Wednesday, October 2: 7:30-10:00
6: Wednesday, October 9: 7:30-10:00
7: Wednesday, October 16: SECTIONALS
8: Wednesday, October 23: 7:30-10:00
9: Wednesday, October 30: 7:30-10:00
10: Wednesday, November 6: 7:00-10:00 with NDC, Grace Church on-the-Hill
11: Friday, November 8: 7:00-10:00 DRESS REHEARSAL with NDC, Grace Church on-the-Hill

Concert day: Saturday, November 9, Grace Church on-the-Hill
6:00-7:00 Warmup
8:00 Concert


Program #2 (Kaffeemusik): Mary, the Rose

1: Wednesday, November 13: 7:30-10:00
2: Wednesday, November 20: 7:30-10:00 (Elizabeth Anderson leading)
3: Wednesday, November 27: 7:30-10:00 (Elizabeth Anderson leading)
4. Wednesday, December 4: 7:30-10:00 (Elizabeth Anderson leading)
5. Wednesday, December 11: 7:30-10:00
6: Saturday, December 14: 10:30-1:30 MINI-RETREAT, First Christian Reformed Church (67 Taunton Road)
7: Tuesday, December 17: 7:00-10:00 DRESS REHEARSAL, Calvin Presbyterian

Concert day: Wednesday, December 18, Calvin Presbyterian
6:30 Warmup
8:00 Concert (no intermission)


Program #3: Rosenmüller @ 400

1: Wednesday, January 15: 7:30-10:00
2: Wednesday, January 22: 7:30-10:00
3: Wednesday, January 29: 7:30-10:00
4: Wednesday, February 5: 7:30-10:00
5: Wednesday, February 12: 7:30-10:00
6. Wednesday, February 19: 7:30-10:00
7: Wednesday, February 26: SECTIONALS (Ash Wednesday)
8: Wednesday, March 4: 7:30-10:00
9: Wednesday, March 11: 7:00-10:00 with all instruments, Calvin Presbyterian
10: Friday, March 13: 7:00-10:00 DRESS REHEARSAL, Calvin Presbyterian

Concert day: Saturday, March 14, Calvin Presbyterian
6:00-7:00 Warmup
8:00 Concert


No rehearsal on March 18 (March break)


Program 4 (Kaffeemusik): ¡ Primavera Barroca !

1: Wednesday, March 25: 7:30-10:00
2: Wednesday, April 1: 7:30-10:00
3: Wednesday, April 8: 7:30-10:00

Wednesday, April 15: CONSORT FUNDRAISER, The Language of Love (Consort singers perform a short recital of Airs de cour)
Heliconian Hall @ 7:30 (warmup from 5:00pm, specific times TBD)

4: Wednesday, April 22: 7:30-10:00
5: Saturday, April 25: MINI-RETREAT 10:30-1:30 (Rodrigo Chavez, guest), First Christian Reformed Church
6: Wednesday, April 29: 7:00-10:00 with all instruments, location TBD
7: Saturday, May 2: 10:30-1:30 DRESS REHEARSAL, Church of the Redeemer

Concert day: Sunday, May 3, Church of the Redeemer
1:15 Warmup
3:00 Concert (no intermission)