About the Toronto Youth Choir

Whether you’ve sung in choirs your whole life or are embracing the chorister life as a young adult, you’ll be right at home with the Toronto Youth Choir (TYC).

Founded in 2013, as part of the award-winning Toronto Children’s Chorus, TYC offers a space for innovation, inclusion and musical excellence to youth and young working professionals ages 14 to 30 from across Toronto. We tackle diverse and engaging repertoire ranging from classic choral canon to modern acapella compositions and popular classics. TYC performs at incredible venues around Toronto and tours internationally, providing exciting musical opportunities both near and far.

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. TYC made its debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in June 2019, performing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana alongside the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir & TCC under the direction of Donald Runnicles.

What: An SATB Youth Choir 

Who: Anyone between the ages of 14 and 30 (females 16-30 & males with changed voices 14-30).

When: Rehearsals take place every Wednesday from 7-9:30PM. Concerts take place throughout the season.

Where: Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Avenue (just a two-minute walk from the St. Clair subway)

Cost: Tuition for the 2020/21 season is $325.

There are many reasons to join the Toronto Youth Choir, and here are a few of our favourites:

  1. 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!
  2. Learning – Our choristers receive top-notch musical and vocal training by some of Toronto’s finest conductors, musicians and pedagogues!
  3. PerformingHow 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)!

Audition

Auditions are held every September with TYC conductor, Matthew Otto. If you would like to inquire about auditioning, please contact us at info@torontochildrenschorus.com

FAQs

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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! The TYC is open to all youth and young adults between the ages of 14 and 30 (females 16-30 & males 14-30) with a passion for singing.

The TYC choir season begins in September and runs until late May or early June.

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.

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.

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