Associate Conductor, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (TMC) is accepting applications for the position of Associate Conductor.

The TMC Associate Conductor Program provides talented and world-class-potential choral conductors with coaching, training and mentoring from Canada’s pre-eminent choral organization, while providing the TMC and its Artistic Director with high-calibre conducting support.  

The Associate Conductor will work closely under the guidance of the Artistic Director, Noel Edison, by attending all rehearsals and performances, directing the TMC ensembles when requested, and providing general music assistance.  He/she will report to the Artistic Director on all artistic issues, and to the Executive Director on administrative, organizational, and outreach activities.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Learn all repertoire being sung by the TMC ensembles each season
  • Attend all rehearsals of the TMC ensembles as a non-singing member
  • Rehearse and conduct the TMC ensembles in select rehearsals throughout the season, as requested by the Artistic Director
  • Become familiar with orchestral scores of works with orchestra that the TMC is preparing, and be prepared to rehearse and conduct those works as requested by the Artistic Director
  • Conduct the TMC ensembles in select performances throughout the season, at the request of the Artistic Director
  • Assist the Artistic Director with singer auditions throughout the season
  • Collaborate with the Artistic and Executive Directors on artistic programming as requested
  • Participate in TMC education and outreach activities as mutually agreed upon
  • Attend TMC administrative and/or Board meetings as requested by the Artistic and Executive Directors 
  • Represent the TMC organization at community and cultural events as requested


The successful candidate will be a gifted and passionate conductor who is at an early stage in their career and is 

  • Presently qualified to work in Canada
  • Committed to furthering choral music in Canada

And with 

  • A post-graduate degree in choral conducting or equivalent experience
  • Experience in conducting both choral and orchestral scores
  • Fluency in both choral and orchestral score study
  • Ability to identify vocal issues and problem solve
  • Highly developed keyboard skills
  • An in-depth knowledge of, and passion for choral music 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

This is a two-year contract position (September to June) with a salary of Cdn $12,500 for the first year and $15,000 for the second, and is supported by a continuing education bursary of $2,500 per year.  The position starts September 2015. 

Please apply with a letter of application, current resumé, two reference letters and video recordings of yourself conducting a choir in both rehearsal and performance.  

Your letter of application should outline your career goals and how this position will align with those goals, what specific skills or areas of focus you would like to work on over the two years of the position, and why working with Noel Edison and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir will help you develop those skills.  
We recommend you upload your video samples to a private YouTube page, and send us the links. Alternatively, you can mail us a DVD of your samples.  Please make sure they are compatible with Windows Media Player or QuickTime.

Deadline for applications is Friday, March 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm.  
Auditions/interviews will be held on  April 13/14 and/or April 20/21, 2015.  

Cynthia Hawkins, Executive Director

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
720 Bathurst Street, Suite 404
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4


The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is Canada's world-renowned large vocal ensemble. With over 135 voices, the TMC is uniquely able to perform the great symphonic choral works the way they were intended – resulting in a pure, powerful musical experience.

TMC audiences enjoy choral masterpieces drawn from five centuries, including world premieres of new compositions and some rarely heard works.  In addition to a series of 4-5 subscription performances, the TMC appears regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and makes other guest appearances.  

The TMC presented its first concert as part of Massey Hall’s inaugural season in 1895. Since its inception, the TMC has flourished under the leadership of seven of Canada’s pre-eminent conductors, most recently Noel Edison. Under his tenure, the Choir has won widespread praise from audiences and critics for its performances in Toronto, New York, Vienna, Salzburg and most recently in Vancouver during the 2010 Cultural Olympiad.  

Twenty members of the Elora Festival Singers, founded and directed by Noel Edison, form the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Mendelssohn Singers.  The 70-voice Mendelssohn Singers, formed from the ranks of the TMC, made its debut in April 2003 with a critically acclaimed performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor. The Mendelssohn Singers has appeared with the TSO and other ensembles, and, in February 2007, performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall. Its vocal agility and emotional versatility make it an ideal ensemble for Baroque and contemporary choral repertoire.

The TMC choral apprenticeship program was created in 2009 to support the development of young choristers.  Through the program, experienced choristers between the ages of 17 and 22 join the choir as apprentice choristers for certain performances.  Their participation is supported by a bursary and they also receive voice coaching and mentoring. 

The TMC has developed the position of Associate Conductor to provide young, talented and world-class-potential choral conductors with training, mentoring and performance opportunities at a high professional level.  


Noel Edison is well established as one of the most versatile and charismatic conductors in the world today. As Artistic Director and Conductor of two world-class Canadian ensembles, the large-scale Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the chamber-sized Elora Festival Singers, Noel is widely recognized and appreciated for his skillful, interpretive work with both choir and orchestra. 

The 2014/15 season marks Noel Edison’s 18th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.  His vision for the TMC is to create performances that connect audiences emotionally with some of the greatest traditional and contemporary choral repertoire.

A native of Toronto, Noel moved to the scenic village of Elora, where, in 1979, he co-founded the Elora Festival and, a year later, the Elora Festival Singers as its choir-in-residence. Since 1984, Noel has served as Artistic Director of the Elora Festival as well as Organist and Choirmaster of one of the few all-professional church choirs in Canada at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Elora.  In 1997 the Elora Festival Singers were selected as the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

In 2002 the University of Guelph conferred upon Noel Edison the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music. In 2009 he was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour, and in 2012 he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.

Noel Edison records regularly for the Naxos label and his extensive discography includes works by Arvo Pärt and Healey Willan, the Berlioz Requiem, the Juno-nominated Mystery of Christmas, and the Grammy-nominated Eric Whitacre: Choral Music. His latest recording with the TMC is a collection of Christmas music entitled A Festival of Carols: Music for Choir, Brass and Organ.