Toronto Youth Choir

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 brings together youth aged 16 to 30 from across Toronto, tackling diverse and engaging repertoire ranging from classic choral cannon to modern acapella compositions and popular classics. 

The TYC performs at incredible venues around Toronto and tours internationally, providing exciting musical opportunities both near and far.

 

What: An SATB Youth Choir 

Who: Anyone between the ages of 16 and 30 or those who are male-identifying with expanding/changed voices between ages 13 to 16 are also welcome to audition

When: Rehearsals every Wednesday from 7-9:30PM (September to June), with occasional concerts, tours and workshops

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

Cost: Tuition for the 2019/2020 season is $285.

*There is an optional tour to Italy this season that will cost interested choristers extra. More information on tour costs will be discussed throughout the season.

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 – TYC choristers get vocal lessons with Dr. Darryl Edwards (University of Toronto), plus the opportunity to work with top-notch conductors and musicians.
  3. 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)!
Committed to artistic excellence, the Toronto Youth Choir (TYC) offers exceptional performance and music education opportunities to young adults (ages 16-30) in the Greater Toronto Area. Founded in 2013, the TYC is part of the award-winning Toronto Children’s Chorus, and annually presents a number of innovative concerts and collaborations.
Season Highlights
The TYC’s first international tour took place in April 2018, travelling to New York City to sing with The King’s Singers in Carnegie Hall. This past season, TYC performed with Bob Chilcott, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and made their Toronto Symphony Orchestra debut singing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. TYC performs choral music from around the globe, including classical, pop, gospel, a cappella and new commissions. The ensemble rehearses once a week and presents five concerts annually.
 
The TYC 2019-20 season highlights include:
  • Two collaborations with TCC’s Chorale;
  • A festive performance with the Salvation Army North York Temple Band;
  • TCC’s Holiday concert in Roy Thomson Hall;
  • Mozart’s Requiem, in collaboration with the University of Toronto’s Oratorio Class;
  • 2020 YouthSing! Festival with other GTA youth choirs; and
  • Tour to Italy in July 2020!

Audition

Auditions are held every September with TYC conductor, Matthew Otto. Audition days for the 2019/2020 are now completed. If you would like to inquire about auditioning, please contact us at info@torontochildrenschorus.com

View TYC Season Performances

On Winter’s Night

with Salvation Army North York Temple Band
Sunday, December 8, 2019
4PM
St. Andrew’s Church
Tickets available soon

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A Chorus Christmas: Celestial Celebrations

Sunday, December 15, 2019
2PM
Roy Thomson Hall
Performance by all choirs and TCC Alumni Choir

OraSTORYo

with University of Toronto Faculty of Music’s Oratorio Ensembles Class
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
7:30PM
Trinity College Chapel
Ticket information available soon

Youth Choir Festival

hosted by Bach Children’s Choir
Sunday, April 5, 2020
7PM
Venue to be announced
Tickets available through Bach Children’s Chorus and Youth Choir in 2020

Mysteries of the Universe

Main Choir and Toronto Youth Choir with guest choirs from New Zealand
Saturday, April 18, 2020
7PM
Eglinton St. George’s United Church
Performance by Main Choir and Toronto Youth Choir

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On the Horizon

Saturday, May 30, 2020
7:30PM
Church of the Redeemer
Tickets available soon

FAQs

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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