FAQs: Registration, Auditions and Ensembles

Scroll through our FAQs below to find answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you require further assistance, please email info@torontochildrenschorus.com.

Online audition registration opens in February each year with auditions held in May and September. Secure your child’s audition spot today!

Toronto Children’s Chorus

Young people between the ages of six and 16 are invited to audition for TCC’s core program.

The TCC offers a KinderNotes program (no audition required!) for kids three to six.

Young people between the ages of 16 and 30 can also audition to sing in our Youth Choir!

No, we are a teaching and education program and welcome children who show the basic skill and interest in participating in our program. Children are placed in the choir most suited to their age and skill level, as determined by the conductors assessing the audition. Our graduated system of training choirs and senior choirs ensures there is a suitable placement for children at different levels.

Choirs average in size between 30-50 children.

Rehearsals for our St. Clair location are held at Calvin Presbyterian Church (26 Delisle Avenue) and at Christ Church Deer Park (1570 Yonge Street) in the Yonge and St. Clair neighbourhood. Rehearsals for our North York location will be held at a location soon to be announced. The location and time of rehearsals depends on the ensemble your child is enrolled in. Regular rehearsal hours are scheduled after school.

Below is a breakdown of approximate weekly preparation and rehearsal time commitments for each choir. Please note that more rehearsal time may be booked to prepare for an upcoming performance; this will be communicated to choristers and parents well in advance.

  • Training Choirs (includes Preparatory Choir): 1-3 hours per week, once a week
  • Main Choir: 3-5 hours per week, twice a week

The number of concert performances each year will depend on the season schedule for your child’s choir. Typically, there are about six season concerts. However, not all choirs perform at all season concerts. In addition, our choirs perform community concerts and special appearances with other arts organizations in Toronto.

Our season runs from September to May. The most senior choirs (mainly Chorale and Youth Choir) may have performance commitments in June and may have a summer touring schedule.

Program fees are comparable to competitive sports and dance programs. More information about tuition fees is available during the auditions process.

There are no discounts for siblings participating in the TCC. However, you can pay your fees in three installments at the time of registration.

Auditions occur in May for ages 6 to 16. Auditions for children aged 6 to 12 also occur in early September.

Spring auditions for the 2019-2020 season will be held on Saturday, May 11 and Saturday, May 25, 2019. Click here to book your child’s audition!

Audition registration is available online. The TCC does not accept audition appointments over the phone or by email.

  1. Each child is invited to sing ONE piece of their own choosing for the conductors; it could be a favourite song learned at school or a well-known piece such as ‘O Canada’ or ‘Happy Birthday’.  We recommend avoiding pop songs or copying interpretations by popular artists. Your child should select a piece that best displays the quality of their voice.
  2. The audition may also include: singing back several intervals as played on the keyboard, reading a brief section from an age-appropriate book and other exercises.
  3. We invite children to bring their instruments and play a short piece for the conductors as part of the audition. However, bringing an instrument is totally optional. A piano will be available in the audition room.
  4. Please bring two (2) wallet-sized school photos of your child with their name written on the back of each for office use.

Yes! The TCC holds auditions in early September for children aged six to 12. Unfortunately, we do not offer fall auditions to young people aged 13 to 16 because of early season commitments that choristers in our Main Choir (the senior part of our core program) must attend.

Tuition can be paid in three installments at the time of registration. We offer bursaries of up to half of tuition costs to applicants with demonstrated financial need. A bursary application form must be submitted in order for your child to be considered and will be made available to those who are offered a place in the choir.

The Toronto Children’s Chorus embraces diverse cultures and traditions and covers an extensive range of musical genres. Choristers learn music written in a number of languages throughout each season, including songs in French, English, Hebrew, Spanish and more. Training Choirs focus on choral pieces that are accessible to young children and drawn from sacred music, folk traditions and children’s choral repertoire often written specifically for the Toronto Children’s Chorus by Canadian composers.  Main Choir repertoire represents a wide diversity of world music, sacred music, folk, spirituals, jazz and iconic choral pieces from the Western classical canon. 

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KinderNotes

KinderNotes is the Toronto Children’s Chorus’ introductory music education program, for children 3 to 6 years of age.

Children in the KinderNotes program do not need to have had any previous musical experience. Classes incorporate singing, movement, music reading, rhythmic skill development, listening games and more to develop their musical skills.

There is no audition required for admittance into KinderNotes.

KinderNotes choristers perform in the Toronto Children’s Chorus’ final season concert in the springtime, usually the first Saturday in May. KinderNotes is primarily a music education program.

Each session is once a week for 45 minutes. Classes are divided by ages 3-4 and 5-6.

  • Calvin Presbyterian Church (26 Delisle Avenue). There are usually two sessions per night, one at 4:15pm and one at 5:30pm, three days a week.
  • The North York location will be announced soon. There are two classes after-school on Thursdays and Fridays.

Your child may take the first 2 classes of the session to determine if the programme is right for him or her. If you decide to withdraw your child after the second class, we will issue you a full refund. Programme fees are non-refundable after attending the third class in the session.

Each class is 45 minutes long.

Our season begins in September and runs until May. Parents may enroll their children in the second half of our season, starting January, if spots are available.

You may register your child for KinderNotes on our website’s Registration Page during our registration period, typically open from June to September. Registration is limited to 15 children per class. Please note we do not accept registration over the phone or by email.

KinderNotes fees are generally paid in a single payment. You may contact our office if you would like to discuss alternative monthly payment arrangements. No financial assistance is available for KinderNotes fees.

Tuition for KinderNotes is currently $780.00 for the full year (September – May). This fee is subject to change year to year.

There are no discounts for siblings participating in the TCC.

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Toronto Youth Choir

Toronto Youth Choir’s performance schedule depends on the season. Typically, the choir will perform at several Toronto Children’s Chorus’ season concerts and community concerts, in addition to their own holiday concert in December and end-of-season concert in May. Toronto Youth Choir also performs at festivals and special events, especially during the busy November and December months.

The TYC sings a variety of music, in contrasting styles and genres. While the TYC predominantly focuses on repertoire from the Western choral canon, they also perform contemporary choral music, pop, jazz and gospel.

Potential choristers must audition for the TYC. All returning choristers must also re-audition each year. Auditions and re-auditions take place every September, or at a mutually agreeable time.

All candidates are encouraged to prepare a short solo. In addition, you can expect to be taken through vocal exercises, including a range check, so that the artistic staff can hear your vocal tone.

While it is not mandatory, previous choral experience is an asset. The ability to read music is a must.

Yes, you can still audition! Toronto Youth Choir is open to all young people between the ages of 16 and 30 with a passion for singing. Individuals with changed voices under 16 years old may also audition.

The choir season begins in September and runs until May/June.

The TYC offers a unique choral experience! We are committed to providing exceptional performance opportunities for young singers who wish to enrich their lives through the art of song while meeting and collaborating with great musicians and other young adults. Rehearsals are rigorous and it is expected that choristers practice outside of choir, including memorizing the music. But at the same time, choir is fun! We incorporate a number of social activities throughout the year to help build our community.

As a part of the Toronto Children’s Chorus, a charitable organization, the Toronto Youth Choir has exclusive access to many special workshops and experts through the organization’s larger program. All choristers across the Chorus participate in an annual fundraising campaign called Sing Loo! to support our world-renowned program. Toronto Youth Choir choristers are part of this campaign and are expected to individually fundraise for the Chorus every fall. Funds from this campaign benefit every singer at the Chorus.

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