The Toronto Beaches Children’s & Youth Chorus aims to promote the love of singing and the joy of drama in children and youth. We are committed to pursuing the highest standards both chorally and dramatically in an inclusive, supportive and welcoming community; to provide opportunities for creativity, performance and personal growth.
The Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus was founded in 2006 by artistic director Bronwen Low-Scott.
The choir provides both vocal and dramatic training, in a fun and supportive environment. The children learn a variety of music from all different genres, and enjoy bi-weekly drama classes with actor & teacher Joanne Mitchell. Jessica Riley, Cindy Kosa, Michael Gomiega and Adolfo De Santis round off the artistic staff. Catherine Morfitt is our invaluable general assistant.
The Choir has five levels of instruction and a newly formed Competition Choir!
Visit the JOIN US page more information about auditions and joining the choir. For Fall 2021, we are hoping to run all of our divisions in person in small groups with all health and safety measures in place if permitted to do so. We have a large tent, lights and heaters set up should we be permitted to safely run this type of rehearsal again. We have very specific guidelines in order to keep our choristers and staff safe. We will confirm whether we are able to do this safely closer to the beginning of the term.
Piccolo Choir (Jk & Sk)
The Piccolo Choir for children in Jk & Sk. The Piccolo Choir is a non-auditioned choir for young children who love to sing, move & make believe. We work on finding the children’s singing voices and head voices through song and game. The children start to use beat and rhythm and get to explore and move with regular drama sessions.
- Piccolo classes: Wednesdays 4:15 – 4:55. The Thursday class will most likely not run this fall. Please email us for more information.
- Piccolo tuition: Varies by session.
- Fall programming for 2020 will be in very small groups with all safety measures in place. We will also go outside for part of the class weather permitting. We hope to run a spring session with the same protocols in place.
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.
Prelude Choir (Grades 1 & 2)
The Prelude choir, for kids in grades 1 & 2, continues to develop proper use of the head voice, beautiful unison singing and simple rounds through song, movement and drama. The children are also involved in the Spring Musical every year. We are currently working on Robin Hood, the musical with our Grades 1-4.
- Prelude rehearsals: Thursdays 4:45 – 5:30. The Wednesday class will most likely not run this fall. Please email us for more information
- Prelude tuition: TBD depending on enrollment.
***The oldest three groups learn the basics of music theory, appropriate to their division, during rehearsals.***
Cantabile Chorus (Grades 3-4)
The Cantabile Chorus is for kids in grades 3 & 4. They continue to work on producing a healthy sound and work in two parts gaining more experience with ensemble singing. The second half of the year is dedicated to an end of the year staged production. This year we are working on Robin Hood with our grades 1-4. in our Fall term, we included lots of movement, body percussion and the use of instruments.
- Cantabile rehearsals: Wednesdays 5:15-6:15
- Cantabile tuition: TBD depending on enrollment.
Chamber & Youth Choirs (Grade 5-6 Chamber, grade 7 and up Youth)
The Chamber choir is for children in grades 5-6 and the Youth Choir is for children in grade 7 and above and for changed voices. Both divisions are dedicated to kids who love singing and drama and want to continue their love of music at a higher level. They are also involved in a staged production in the Spring.*. This year both groups are working independently on creating their own musicals!
*In a non covid year, our Youth members can choose to sing in just the choral stream or they can choose to also participate in the musical which starts rehearsing in January. The Youth Choir will perform a separate musical from the younger divisions.
- Chamber Choir (grades 5 & 6) rehearsals: Thursdays 5:45-7:00.
- Chamber Choir tuition: $695.00 for the year
- Youth Choir (grades 7 & above) rehearsals: Thursdays 7:15-8:30
- Youth Choir tuition with the musical: TBD depending on enrollment
- Youth Choir without the musical: TBD depending on enrollment
There are partial Bursaries available for all divisions.
Competition Choir (Grades 7 & up)
This newly formed choir is for youth who want to pursue singing at a high level and want to immerse themselves in many different genres of music and harmony. There are extra rehearsals, normally on a Sunday afternoon or extending our regular Thursday rehearsals. They will be the basis for our touring choir and other opportunities that arise. We hope to be able to start this back in fall 2021!
Adult Pick Up Choir-Fall and Spring
Come out and meet new people who also love to sing. There is no requirement for this group other than coming out, singing and having fun! We hope to be able to meet from October through November for 8 weeks.
BOYS VOCAL GROUP
We are very excited to announce that creation of TBCYC’s very own Boys only vocal group. The tradition of male vocal groups is very strong in many countries around the world. We want to create something very special for our children and youth in our own community. Stay tuned for more information.
Summer Camp 2021
We are delighted to be able to offer summer camp again this year! Below are the dates and fees for this year’s summer camp. Please email email@example.com for more information or to register your child.
Children age 5-8
Dates: Full days July 19-23, 2021
Price: $225 for the week
Children age 8-12
Dates: Full days August 23-27, 2021
Price: $225 for the week
Youth Musical Theatre Camp
Dates: Half days August 23-27, 2021
Price: $150 for the week