The Toronto Jewish Chorus was founded in September, 2009 by its Artistic Director, Judy Adelman Gershon.
Admission is by audition only; however, previous choir experience and sight-reading of music are not necessary.
Rehearsals occur most Thursday evenings 7:30-9:30, fall, winter and spring at Temple Sinai in Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave, between Bathurst St. and Avenue Rd. Several performances occur throughout the year. Past performance highlights have included: The Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Toronto Jewish Music Week, University of Toronto - Hart House Theatre, City Playhouse Theatre, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Baycrest, Temple Sinai Congregation, Temple Emanu-El, Mel Lastman Square, and others.
The choir is run on a not-for-profit basis, but is not yet incorporated.
There is currently an annual fee of $250 to participate in the choir; however, the fee is waived for first-time members under 30 years of age and in cases of financial hardship.
For more information or to request an audition, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a link to an interesting article about how singing can improve your life: Sing For Your Life
Judy Adelman Gershon is best known for her work on television as "Judy" of popular children's recording artists, "Judy & David". Judy has numerous Juno nominations, one Juno Award, the Parent's Choice Gold Award among many other honours to her credit. In addition to her concert and recording career, that takes her to concert halls, theatres and festivals across Canada, Judy has had extensive experience as a choir director. Working with people of all ages and abilities, Judy has a reputation for creating musical ensembles that go well beyond notes and words:
"She makes me feel like I have something to contribute. That our success of the choir depends on the voices of each of us. Under her direction, I have found my voice, in all the literal and metaphoric ways one can. I have felt that I – with no comprehension, barely able to read – had something significant to contribute, that, through the raising of our voices together, we inspire and motivate, so that others can understand and follow and be moved. Music is a language and Judy is brilliant in interpreting it. I feel joyful in my bones while singing under Judy’s direction. If the audience feels it, it’s only because we feel it first. That’s what she does for us." (a recent quote from a choir member)
Judy holds a Mus.Bac. in piano performance as well as a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto, as well as the A.R.C.T. designation in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.