The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (= TMC) family has two outstanding choirs, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir. The TMC is Canada’s world renowned large vocal ensemble, maintaining a tradition, since 1894, of performing and commissioning the finest choral repertoire, and and has earned critical acclaim the world over. The Choir is comprised of over 160 volunteer singers and the Elora Festival Singers, who form the professional core of 20 singers.
The TMC promotes and develops major works for large choir, and its repertoire stretches from early Baroque to world premieres of commissioned works. Founded by Augustus S. Vogt, the TMC has flourished under the successive leadership of Herbert A. Fricker, Sir Ernest MacMillan, Frederick Silvester, Walter Susskind, Elmer Iseler, and since 1998, Noel Edison.
Under the artistic direction of Noel Edison, the TMC presents its own subscription series and appears frequently with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and in broadcasts on both CBC networks. Recent guest artist appearances include also regular engagements with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and the Brantford Symphony.
The TMC’s 2001-2002 season begins with Orff’s Carmina Burana, featuring the combined 300 voices of the TMC and Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Chorus, joined by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.. In December, Richard Ouzounian joins Noel, the Choir, and the Hannaford Strteet Silver Band for the annual Festival of Carols at Roy Thomson Hall. In the spring, join the Choir for 3 concerts featuring choral masterworks of Mozart, Haydn, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Duruflé, Bruckner, Schubert and