Welcome to our curated section of WHO’S WHO Choirs.
This is a list of the most significant and important groups in the city. If you think that you should be included on this list, please see more details [here].
More than 50 years ago Toronto organist and conductor John Sidgwick had a vision of a choral organization with a ‘difference’, and that dream has survived the test of time: today, under Artistic Director Robert Cooper, the Orpheus Choir is one of the most dynamic and pre-eminent choral groups in the country.
Cantabile Chamber Singers are an auditioned choir of 16 to 20 voices, formed in 2006 by artistic director Cheryll J. Chung. They perform eclectic and challenging repertoire spanning six centuries and strive to bring Canadian music to audiences while attracting a new generation to choral music.
The Elmer Iseler Singers, conducted by artistic director Lydia Adams for the past 19 years, is a 20-voice professional choral ensemble based in Toronto. Founded by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler in 1979, the Singers have built an enviable reputation throughout Canada, the United States and internationally through concerts, broadcasts and recordings — performing repertoire that spans 500 years, with a focus on Canadian composers.
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is praised by patrons and media alike for the emotional intensity of its performances, and for its grand symphonic sound and clarity of expression. The Choir continues to be dedicated, since its founding in 1894, to engaging audiences with the power of great choral music performed live.
Tafelmusik, Canada’s award-winning period instrument orchestra, was founded in 1979 and has long been renowned in North America and internationally for its distinct, exhilarating and soulful performances. Under the outstanding leadership of Chief Artistic Advisor Jeanne Lamon, C.M., it has excelled equally in music ranging from the baroque and classical eras and beyond, including adventurous cross-cultural reinventions of baroque classics. In the words of Gramophone, Tafelmusik is “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras.”