Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is a Canadian large vocal ensemble based in Toronto, Ontario. It was co-founded in 1894 by Augustus S. Vogt and W. H. Hewlett to celebrate the opening of the Massey Hall. The ensemble was originally an extension of the choir of Jarvis St. Baptist Church in Toronto which Vogt directed and Hewlett accompanied. It is named after the German composer, Felix Mendelssohn.

The choir has 150 voices, including a professional core of 20 singers along with auditioned amateur singers. The chamber-sized, 70-voice Mendelssohn Singers is formed from the choir.

The choir performs secular and sacred choral masterpieces in its own annual concert series, as well as regular performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The choir has toured in the United States and Europe, performing at the Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Kennedy Center, and major venues in Vienna, Salzburg and Prague. In January 2010, the choir travelled to Vancouver to perform in the 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir's outreach programs include Singsation Saturday Choral Workshops for singers, and an annual Choral Conductors' Symposium for emerging conductors.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1894

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926

Roles Represented in DAHR: Vocal group

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick C248 10-in. 4/29/1926 Star spangled banner Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Mixed vocal chorus Vocal group  
Brunswick C235-C237 10-in. 4/28/1926 God save the King Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Mixed vocal chorus Vocal group  
Brunswick C238-C239 10-in. 4/28/1926 Star spangled banner Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Mixed vocal chorus Vocal group  
Brunswick C240-C241 10-in. 4/28/1926 Adoramus te Herbert A. Fricker ; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Mixed vocal chorus Vocal group  
Brunswick C242-C243 10-in. 4/29/1926 Exultate Deo Herbert A. Fricker ; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Mixed vocal chorus Vocal group  
Brunswick C244-C245 10-in. 4/29/1926 God save the King Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Mixed vocal chorus Vocal group  
Brunswick C246-C247 10-in. 4/29/1926 Scots wha hae Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Mixed vocal chorus Vocal group  
Brunswick C249-C250 10-in. 4/29/1926 Men of Harlech Herbert A. Fricker ; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Mixed vocal chorus Vocal group  
Brunswick C251-C252 10-in. 4/29/1926 The rosy dawn Herbert A. Fricker ; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Mixed vocal chorus Vocal group  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Toronto Mendelssohn Choir," accessed September 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104833.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104833.

"Toronto Mendelssohn Choir." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 September 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104833

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