The Toronto Choral Society is a friendly, challenging amateur choir of over 120 voices under the leadership of Artistic Director Geoffrey Butler.
TCS welcomes singers from across the Greater Toronto Area. New members are accepted without auditions at the beginning of each season in September and January. The members of the choir vary in their levels of previous musical training, but all are expected to have had some choral experience.
TCS performs a challenging, eclectic repertoire that includes traditional choral classics and music of the many cultures of the City. It presents at least two major ticketed concerts every year, one in December and one in May or June. TCS often sings at special events in the community and participates in benefits for charitable organizations such as Out of the Cold and its own sister choir, the Street Haven Women’s Choir.
Founded in 1845, the Toronto Choral Society is the oldest choir in the City. To celebrate its 150th anniversary, TCS presented “The Journey”, a concert of music from two groups that arrived in Toronto about the time the choir was born: Irish migrants fleeing famine and Black migrants arriving on the Underground Railroad. Recent TCS concerts have featured works such as Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Ramirez’ Navidad Nuestra, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bruckner’s Te Deum. They have also presented music of many cultures of our city as, for example, in a recent three-concert series “Toronto: a Musical Mosaic” and have welcomed accomplished Toronto singers, instrumentalists, orchestras and storytellers as featured guest performers.
TCS is fortunate to be led by two outstanding musicians, Artistic Director Geoffrey Butler and Accompanist William O’Meara. Organizationally, its activities are managed by an elected Board of Directors and dozens of committed volunteers.