Toronto Children's Chorus
Since its founding in 1978, the Toronto Children’s Chorus has become recognized as a leading choral organization for children and youth, committed to offering inclusive choral music education while cultivating collaboration, leadership, and excellence. The Chorus recently welcomed internationally acclaimed conductor, Zimfira Poloz, as its third Artistic Director, continuing the 44-year legacy of Founder/Conductor Laureate Jean Ashworth Bartle, C.M., O.Ont. (Music Director from 1978 to 2007) and Elise Bradley, MNZM (Artistic Director from 2007 to 2021).
The Toronto Children’s Chorus annually offers 350 children and young people aged 3 to 30 the opportunity to experience the joy of singing and performance through the study of vocal technique, sight reading, music theory, and fine repertoire from diverse genres and cultures. In addition to season concerts, recordings and charitable community appearances, the top-level Chamber Choir is honoured to perform with renowned guest conductors, soloists and instrumentalists. Collaborations have included fifty performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, as well as guest appearances with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Opera Atelier, Soundstreams, and Bach Consort. The Chamber Choir has also represented Toronto on 31 international and 7 national tours, most recently performing at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain (2017), Choral Canada’s Podium Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland (2018), and the New Zealand Choral Federation’s Choral Connect conference in Wellington and the Gondwana World Choral Festival in Sydney, Australia (2019). The Chamber Choir also had the honour of giving a virtual performance at the 2021 online national conference of the American Choral Directors Association and World Youth and Children’s Choir Festival, Hong Kong.
The Toronto Children’s Chorus and Artistic Director Zimfira Poloz are greatly honoured to be invited to serve the global choral community as a Representative for Canada within the World Alliance of Children’s Choirs and look forward to exciting future collaborations with Alliance choirs worldwide through festivals, events and performances.