The TCS Choir offers a friendly, supportive atmosphere in which committed and enthusiastic choristers can expand their musical repertoire and become better singers. Membership is open to anyone in the Greater Toronto Area who wants to sing, is interested in learning, is able to attend rehearsals regularly and is willing to be an active participant in choir events. There are no auditions, but some previous choral experience is expected.
Becoming a Member
New members are accepted in September and January provided space is available. Currently the choir is welcoming new tenors and basses, but the soprano and alto sections are presently filled to capacity.
Prospective bass and tenor members are invited to contact TCS by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (416-410-3509) to learn more about how to join the choir.
Prospective soprano and alto members should add their name to the wait-list. If you add your name to the wait-list you will be contacted by a member of the TCS Board of Directors when spaces become available in your section.
Choir members pay annual fees which go toward expenses such as venue rental, payment of artistic staff, music and administrative costs. Membership fees are $250 per year or $150 per fall or spring season. Fees may be paid in person by cash or cheque.
If a chorister withdraws from the Choir after paying the season/term registration fee, refunds will be granted, upon request, as follows:
- Before the fourth rehearsal of the season, 100% of any paid registration (minus a $20 administration fee),
- Between the start of the fourthrehearsal and the end of the sixth week of the season, 50% of any paid registration,
- After the sixth week of the season, 0% of any paid registration.
Fees are subject to revision by the Board of Directors, as required.
The TCS choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Eastminster United Church , 310 Danforth Avenue (one block West of the Chester subway station).
Sectional rehearsals offer additional practice on difficult passages. They are held for an hour before the regular rehearsal, on alternate weeks for male and female voices.
The TCS Choir presents at least two major ticketed concerts every year, usually in December and May. Additional concerts may be offered during the year, either independently or in collaboration with another group. The choir also performs annually at a benefit concert for Street Haven Women’s Choir and at other special community events.
Membership in other TCS Choirs
In addition to the main TCS Choir, the Toronto Choral Society includes three choirs. Membership in the Street Haven Women’s Choir is open to clients and former clients of Street Haven’s shelter and services for women. North 44 is an auditioned ensemble, with membership at the invitation of the Artistic Director. The TCS Children’s Choir is a non-auditioned choir open to children in grades 4-6