The Toronto Mozart Choir is a new choir designed for our times. This adaptable ensemble of approximately 40 singers is supported by an expert technical team enabling performances of live concerts, live-streamed concerts and/or virtual concerts according to government directives related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00pm and, when impossible in person, are held on-line with live direction and discussion of musical interpretation with artistic director David Bowser, interspersed with pre-recorded rehearsal video segments of David conducting our accompanist and section leads to guide singers through the music at home. We always make time for a virtual social gathering at the end of each rehearsal for those who wish to participate.
With the agility to modify our rehearsal process and concert presentation according to changing circumstances, the Toronto Mozart Choir offers an uninterrupted opportunity for singers to make great music and belong to a dedicated and passionate community of musicians and volunteers who believe now is the time to support the arts and encourage artistic expression.
Summer 2020 Session: June 10, 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22 Virtual concert
Program: Felix Mendelssohn: Verleih uns Frieden (Grant Us Peace) Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise) Barbara Croall: Nda-bgami giikiikgosh miiniwa (I am getting sleepy again) from Miziwe (Everywhere…) Wolfgang Mozart: Die Strahlen der Sohne vertreiben die Nacht (final chorus from Die Zauberfloete)
Deadline for submission of audition videoshas passed. However, we will continue to consider applications submitted before the start of the Summer 2020 Session. If possible, please submit a video of yourself performing two contrasting works in two different languages. A cappella performances are acceptable given the current need for physical distancing. The total time should not exceed 5 minutes. Choristers pay a $75 fee on the Mozart Project website to participate in the summer session. The fee is $25 for accepted singers who are students enrolled in a music degree program in voice. The payment instructions will be sent to the selected singers.
To submit your audition videos: 1) Upload your files on Dropbox, on Google Drive, on WeTransfer or any Drive that would allow you to generate a link to share your content. If you have any technical difficulties or need assistance in the process, contact us. 2) Fill the form to apply. We will contact you by June 9th, 2020 to let you know if your application has been approved.
Attendance Policy: Choristers are expected to attend/participate in all rehearsals. If more than one rehearsal is missed in a session the chorister will need approval from the artistic director to perform in the concert. Attendance at dress rehearsals and concerts are mandatory. Punctuality is also expected and choristers who are repeatedly late will need approval from the artistic director to perform in the concert. If a chorister must miss a rehearsal s/he is asked to notify the choir coordinator giving as much notice as possible.
Fall 2020 Session: 8 weeks (September 30 – November 18; dress November 20; concert November 21) Beethoven Mass in C
Winter 2021 Session: 8 weeks (January 13 – March 3; dress rehearsal March 5; concert March 6) Mozart Requiem with the Toronto Mozart Players