Toronto Chamber Choir Consort

TCC’s Artistic Director Lucas Harris created the Toronto Chamber Choir Consort just following his appointment in 2014. This section-lead program targets Toronto singers with excellent choral skills and a particular interest in early music and historical performance.  It seeks to encourage such singers by providing them with a bridge between the student and professional spheres in Toronto’s early music scene.  It also seeks to promote young singers who cultivate a singing style which is dynamically nuanced, intimately connected to the text, and suited to working well in ensembles with early instruments.

The choir benefits from the program in all of these ways:

·       The Consort members contribute to making the overall sound of the TCC more polished.

·       Consort members bring “youthful energy” as well as professional musicianship to the rehearsal process.  They are encouraged to make constructive comments and to demonstrate for their section, which increases their artistic investment in the final product.

·       The Consort members run sectionals and vocal warmups for the choir and act as liaisons between their sections and the Artistic Director. 

·       The Consort members help to promote TCC performances among their friends, colleagues, and family. This creates new and often younger audience members for the choir.

·       The choir is able to offer more interesting programming, mixing repertoire which involves the Consort singing as leads with full choir, on its own (in solos or small ensembles), and/or serving as the soloists in a larger work. 

·       Because Consort members attend all rehearsals, they become part of the TCC community (rather than joining towards the end as a soloist or “ringer”).  The Consort also serves as mentors to our apprentice members from Rosedale School for the Arts.

·       Because the choir has its soloists built-in to its structure, it is spared the expense and effort of finding other soloists (and yet the choir’s audience still enjoys the chance to hear new soloists each season).

·       The program increases the choir’s exposure to many other institutions in Toronto’s music scene where Consort members sing (such as the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, University of Toronto’s Macmillan Singers and Schola Cantorum).

The Consort members in turn receive these benefits:

·       Compensation at TCC’s section lead rates.

·       The opportunity to perform with a well-established early music ensemble working with professional period instrumentalists.

·       Solo and small ensemble opportunities.

·       Coaching with the TCC’s Artistic Director.

·       Opportunities to lead and coach the TCC singers in sectionals and warmups.

·       The chance to be recommended by the Artistic Director for other opportunities.

Donations to the Toronto Chamber Choir can be earmarked to support the Consort Program.  For more information, please contact Margaret Magee: margaret.magee[at]sympatico.ca

Toronto Chamber Consort members:

2014-2015

Elisabeth Hetherington, soprano

Anna Kwiatkowska, soprano

Jessica Wright, alto

Catharin Carew, alto

 

2015-2016

Rebecca Genge, soprano

Anna Kwiatkowska, soprano

Rebecca Claborn, alto

Catharin Carew, alto

Jonathan Macarthur, tenor

Colin Frotten, tenor

Richard Hrytzak, baritone