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Founded in 1894 by Augustus Vogt, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is proud to be one of Canada’s oldest, largest, and best-known choral organisations. Through its performances, educational programs, and community engagement, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir shares choral masterworks from the past and present with our audiences—making both renowned and lesser-known pieces available, accessible, and inspirational to all. The TMChoir includes a core of 24 professional singers (the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers) and 100+ auditioned and experienced volunteer choristers. Our mission is to share and expand the passion of many voices. Our vision is to lead the way in creating a fresh, greater awareness of how meaningful the choral experience can be in our modern, complicated times.
The TMChoir is a Juno winner, and Grammy-nominated.
The Folks Behind It All
Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Artistic Director
Internationally recognized conductor, scholar, and pedagogue Jean-Sébastien Vallée was named as the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s 8th Artistic Director in June 2021. In addition to his work as Artistic Director of the TMChoir, Jean-Sébastien is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Studies, and Coordinator of the Ensembles & Conducting Area at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. Jean-Sébastien has conducted ensembles throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has prepared choruses for leading orchestras including the Toronto Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, and the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa. In addition to his interest in choral, operatic, and orchestral music, Jean-Sébastien is an advocate for contemporary music, making one of his priorities to premiere and commission works by young composers and program rarely performed repertoire. He has recorded extensively under the label ATMA Classique.
Jamie Hillman, Director of Community Engagement and Associate Conductor
Jamie Hillman joins TMChoir this Fall as Director of Community Engagement and Associate Conductor. He is a Canadian and American musician, active as a conductor, singer, pianist, music educator, and composer. He holds the endowed Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting at the University of Toronto where he is also Director of Choral Studies and an Associate Professor. He conducts the MacMillan Singers and leads the master’s and doctoral programs in Choral Conducting. As a Boston University Prison Arts Scholar and faculty member of BU’s Prison Education Program, Hillman co-initiated an innovative vocal music program in the Massachusetts prison system.
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