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Canadian Composer Elizabeth Ekholm wins TMC choral composition prize

Montreal composer Elizabeth Ekholm has been awarded the Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition for her composition Prayer of St. Francis.  This is the second year of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Choral Composition Competition for emerging Canadian composers.  For 2016, the competition called on unpublished Canadian composers to submit a sacred work, not more than …


Frances Farrell wins Chor Leoni inaugural composition competition

(Vancouver, BC) Halifax composer Frances Farrell has won first prize in Chor Leoni’s inaugural C/4 Canadian Choral Composition Competition. Described by the composer as a secular work appropriate for the winter season, Winter Proverbs is an unaccompanied four-movement composition for male choir, and is Farrell’s first composition. The Judge’s Panel of Elektra Women’s Choir’s artistic …


ORIANA Women’s Choir Concert, Journey Around the Sun – Choral Masterworks

Sunday, March 5, 3pm   ORIANA presents two major works for women’s voices, from the twentieth and eighteenth centuries. Veljo Tormis is a world-renowned Estonian composer who draws on local folk songs as inspiration for his many choral works. Looduspildid has four movements, each containing several lyrical miniatures. The second half of the concert comprises …


Men – come sing with the VanMan Festival Singers Apr 21/22 in Vancouver

Calling all singing men –  Chor Leoni’s VanMan Male Choral Summit has a place for you! The VanMan Festival Singers rehearse mass choir selections, perform at two shows on April 22, and enjoy all of the cameraderie of the weekend. Attend as an individual, or bring your entire men’s choir or men’s section. You’ll be …


Free TMC concert and webcast January 28th

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir concludes its annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium with a free community concert, Saturday, January 28th at 3 pm EST at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (1585 Yonge St., one block north of St. Clair). Doors open at 2:15 pm. First come, first seated. The TMC and the chamber ensemble, the Elora Singers will …


Chor Leoni Announces Canadian Choral Composition Competition (C/4) Finalists

(Vancouver, BC) Chor Leoni Men’s Choir and Artistic Director Erick Lichte are pleased to announce the three finalists of the inaugural Canadian Choral Composition Competition (C/4). They are Frances Farrell, Nicholas Kelly, and Bonnie Penfound. A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Frances Farrell pursued her music studies in Winnipeg, graduating with both Bachelor of Music …


Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announces conductors for 2017 Choral Conductors Symposium

Five conductors from across North America have been selected to participate in the TMC’s seventh annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium (Jan 24-28, 2017), led by conductor and artistic director Noel Edison.  Conductors will work with Noel and with the Elora Singers and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir on a variety of choral music for chamber and large-scale …


TMC’s Festival of Carols to be webcast across Canada Dec 7th

You can join the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for a concert to welcome the Christmas season – from anywhere in Canada or beyond. Festival of Carols takes place Wednesday, December 7th at 7:30 pm EST and will be webcast live from Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. The TMC will be joined by the renowned 30-member Canadian Staff …



ORIANA Women’s Choir values the creation of new works for women’s voices. Since its inception the choir has commissioned and premièred over 70 Canadian works. The singers and Artistic Director Mitchell Pady look forward to presenting the winning entry in the 2016/17 Choral Composition Competition, and to bringing this new work to the attention of …


Teleconference with Council / Téléconférence avec le Conseil

(Français ci-dessous)    TELECONFERENCE Have questions about the new Canada Council for the Arts funding model and how to prepare your choir or yourself as a choral artist or manager? On Friday, November 18th at 2 pm ET, Choral Canada is providing its members with the opportunity to connect directly by teleconference with Council’s Director, Music …

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