The TEMC Choir School under the leadership of Ms. Elaine Choi, Music Director at TEMC, offers a music program that is the perfect mix of faith, fun and musical education. From September to May, the choir program promises a musical adventure for children and their families. Children learn music and perform while having fun and making friends and have opportunities for community involvement and participate in church services. Our tutors have the experience and skills to bring the best out in every young talent.
As a parent quoted last year “Where else would you like your child to be?” Parents have provided feedback on how their children enjoy the program and show improvements in inner confidence, music skills and music appreciation.
Choristers may choose to join Choir Only or join Choir and take lessons in addition to Choir. We encourage all children to participate in the tutor program, a fortunate blessing of the Choir School to be supported by the Dr. Ouchterlony Trust Fund. Dr. Ouchterlony, a past Music Director at TEMC wanted to continue his vision after his departure in that the Choir School would continue to flourish as a nurturing institution instilling the love of music in children by teaching the foundations of singing, reading music and music theory.
There are two choirs that explore various style of worship music including classical, jazz, folk, gospel and contemporary worship songs repertoire. The Chorus is made of treble voices between the ages of 8 and 18 while The Voci Unite Choir is a performance oriented choir of mixed voices between 13 and 18 years of age for more experienced singers.
Requirement from families:
In addition to the child expressing in interest in music, the family must accept a commitment to attend rehearsals regularly, prepare for performances and practice daily for lessons. Families are also requires to volunteer some time to the Choir School during the year doing what they like to do and having fun doing it.
Choristers attend a weekly rehearsal on Wednesday evenings as well as participate in Church Services as well as Concerts:
· Weekly rehearsals
· Singing at church services on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm and some 9:15 and 11:00 am Sunday services.
· Sing at Christmas celebration concerts in addition to the annual fundraiser Sing Out Concert in May.
· Participate in the Kiwanis Festival of Toronto and may sing at other occasions in the community as opportunities present themselves.
Choristers who decide to take lessons can receive a half-hour, private music lesson each week by highly trained, certified and experienced teachers in either voice, piano, guitar or strings. Selection of instruction is by chorister choice and is limited in selection by tutor availability.
The choir meets at TEMC at 230 St. Clair West on Wednesdays at these times in the Ouchterlony Music Room (down the stairs from the parking lot):
· Chorus: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Open House and Registration is on Wednesday September 12, 2012 however late registration accepted throughout October.
The fees are reasonable so that the Choir School is accessible to everyone. Choir membership annual fee is $75. Choir membership plus weekly private lessons annual fee totals $350. The choir school endowment fund subsidizes the cost of private lessons and the running of the organization. Volunteer hours are therefore expected from participating families.
For more information, contact Ms. Elaine Choi, Music Director, at 416-925-8494 x 227 or email@example.com