Head Choristers are Section Leaders who have shown exceptional leadership qualities and have made an outstanding contribution to the Chorus. They are responsible for representing the TCC publicly, communicating with staff about special plans, attending monthly Chorus Council meetings, focusing the choir before rehearsals and performances, leading in the creation of the yearbook, and organizing social events throughout the year. As you can tell, Head Choristers perform critical roles as ambassadors, role models and leaders!
This year, we are happy to introduce five incredible young leaders as the Head Choristers of our 2018/2019 season! We’ve asked them to share their favourite memories, what they enjoy most about the Chorus and what advice they have for new choristers. Read what they say below!
Hi, I’m Ania and I am delighted to represent the Toronto Children’s Chorus as one of the five Head Choristers for the 2018/2019 season. I have been in each level of the choir and I am now in my eleventh year as a chorister. There are so many wonderful things about the TCC but my favourites would definitely be the incredible experiences and the friends that I have made for life. I have had the opportunity of performing at the 11th World Choral Symposium in Barcelona, singing on the stage at Carnegie Hall and meeting Prime Minister Trudeau! These tours have all been amazing and I am so grateful to have these incredibly memories with my closest friends. My advice to new choristers would be to continue singing with the choir and give it your best efforts because the hard work pays off! I am very excited to be one of the Head Choristers for the TCC’s 41st season and I can’t wait for all of the wonderful opportunities ahead of us!
Hello everyone! My name is Charmaine and I’m thrilled to be one of your Head Choristers for the 2018/19 season. I’m an avid watcher of TED talks, a huge classical music enthusiast, and, most importantly, a TCC chorister of 9 years.
Singing with the TCC has been a ginormous part of me since I stepped into my first rehearsal. Throughout my choral career, I’ve been fortunate to receive so many incredible opportunities, such as singing in Carnegie Hall in New York City, performing for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and touring through 12 Spanish cities in 18 days. However, even though these experiences are truly unforgettable, the most meaningful memories to me are the ones I get to make every single week: coming to rehearsal, making music with talented choristers and staff, and leaving a few hours later, feeling ten times happier than I was before.
To any new chorister reading this, I hope you’ve had a fantastic beginning of your TCC journey! My advice for you (and also returning choristers, too) would be to try new things, especially if you’re a little scared of them. Answer that tricky question in rehearsal, speak to the older choristers (trust me, we’re super friendly!), or try out for that solo you never thought you’d get; you’ll never know where something may take you until you take the risk and see for yourself. I honestly cannot wait to work on all the new repertoire we have this year and I hope you’re just as excited for this season as I am!
Hi, I’m Fiona and I’m thrilled to be one of the five head choristers for the 2018/2019 season! Over the past nine years I’ve been with the choir, I have had the most incredible experiences, made amazing friends and travelled around the world. One of my favourite memories is from July 2017 when I had the privilege of representing Canada at the World Choral Symposium in Barcelona. The feeling of representing your country by making music with the people you love is indescribable but it is a sensation I will never forget. This year I’m looking forward to the holiday season. Ever since I joined the choir, I have loved the magic of the holiday concert when all choristers aged 6-17 sing together for the first time and the loads of fun I have when we go carolling in the cold. My advice to a new chorister is to enjoy everyday. The TCC is full of friends, music and opportunities that will always be there for you, so enjoy!
Hi, I’m Jamie and I’m so excited to be one of the five head choristers for this season. This is my tenth season with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the unforgettable memories and friendships to last a lifetime. Of these incredible experiences, my favourite moment with the TCC was on stage at the 11th World Choral Symposium in Barcelona where we gave our best performance of the entire season. Having the opportunity to stand alongside all my best friends on stage, and sing such beautiful music is a privilege I’m truly thankful for. This year, I’m most excited for our annual holiday concert at Roy Thomson Hall. My advice to new choristers is to branch out and make new friends, as these friendships will be yours for life.
Hi! My name is Molly and I am so incredibly excited to be a head chorister for the TCC’s 41st season, In Remembrance. I have been in the TCC for 9 years and it has given me the most incredible experiences of my life. I have so many favourite memories with this choir but I think I would have to say that my favourite of them all would be our trip to Spain! It was a life changing experience for me and I will hold the memories of that trip in my heart forever. This season (as always) I’m the most excited for Christmas! I can’t wait to sing Christmas carols all over Toronto and spread holiday cheer. See you at our next concert!