About the Toronto Youth Choir
Founded in 2013 as part of the award-winning Toronto Children’s Chorus, the Toronto Youth Choir (TYC) offers a space for innovation, inclusion and musical excellence to youth and young working professionals ages 14 to 30 (sopranos/altos 16+ and tenors/basses 14+). The TYC has performed with The King’s Singers, Irish Youth Choir, West Liberty University Singers, Choir of Trinity College Melbourne, Elmer Iseler Singers, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In April 2018, the choir undertook its first international tour, travelling to New York City to sing with The King’s Singers in Carnegie Hall. The TYC made its debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in June 2019, performing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana alongside the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the TCC.
The TYC is a founding choir of the Bridge Choral Collective, an innovative consortium of youth and young adult choirs from across Canada. 2020-21 guest artists include:
- Jacob Collier
- Moira Smiley
- Sherryl Sewepagaham
- The University of Pretoria Youth Choir
- The Philippine Madrigal Singers
There are many reasons to join the Toronto Youth Choir, and here are a few of our favourites:
- People – What do an event planner, a teacher, a doctor and a scientist have in common? The TYC is made up of people with all sorts of interests outside of choir, some are musicians by day, but most do something totally different and choir is a passion project!
- Learning – Our choristers receive top-notch musical and vocal training by some of Toronto’s finest conductors, musicians and pedagogues!
- Performing – How many of your friends can say they sang in Roy Thomson Hall? The TYC sings in amazing venues across the city (and around the world when we tour)!
Auditions are held every September. If you would like to inquire about auditioning, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What can I expect from the Toronto Youth Choir?
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.
How old do I need to be to join the TYC?
The TYC consists of youth and young adults ages 14 to 30. If you are a soprano or an alto, you must be at least 16 years of age to join. If you are a tenor or a bass, you must be 14 years or older.
Are there any other expectations the TYC has of its choristers?
Yes! As a part of the Toronto Children’s Chorus, a charitable organization, the TYC has exclusive access to many special workshops and experts through the organization’s larger program. All TYC choristers must promote their TYC concerts and sell a minimum of two tickets per concert.
Do choristers need to fundraise for the choir?
As a part of the Toronto Children’s Chorus, a charitable organization, the TYC 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. TYC 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.
How long is the TYC season?
The TYC choir season begins in September and runs until late May or early June.
If I was not a member of the Toronto Children's Chorus, can I still audition?
Yes, you can still audition! The TYC is open to all youth and young adults between the ages of 14 and 30 (sopranos/altos 16+ and tenors/basses 14+) with a passion for singing.
Is previous choral experience required to join?
While it is not mandatory, previous choral experience is an asset. The ability to read music is a must.
How should I prepare for my TYC audition?
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.
Do I need to audition for the TYC? If so, when are auditions held?
Yes! 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.
What kind of music does the TYC sing?
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.
How often does the TYC perform?
The TYC’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. The TYC also performs at festivals and special events, especially during the holidays.