One of Toronto’s Most Distinguished & Important Choirs
More than 50 years ago Toronto organist and conductor John Sidgwick had a vision of a choral organization with a ‘difference’, and that dream has survived the test of time: today, under Artistic Director Robert Cooper, the Orpheus Choir is one of the most dynamic and pre-eminent choral groups in the country.
The Orpheus Choir has made its mark in the Canadian choral community by championing new and rarely performed choral works and celebrating the ‘Expect Something Different’ experience. It has performed a vast repertoire of sacred and secular music, from the Renaissance to the 21st century, the classic to the experimental. Adding to the richness of the choral art form, it has commissioned new works, including Eric Robertson’s Songs of Remembrance (1985), Imant Raminsh’s Sonnets to Orpheus (1999), Allan Bevan’s No Mortal Business (2011), and Charles Cozens’ Tres Bailes Latinos (2014). Orpheus choir has introduced Toronto audiences to many fascinating and accessible works from the current generation of leading composers such as Ēriks Ešenvalds, György Orbán, Vytautis Miškinis, René Eespere and Urmas Sisask.
A core value of the Orpheus Choir is to share the gift of music in the community through partnership and collaboration. Over the years, Orpheus has realized this value through collaborations with renowned international artists such as Sir David Willcocks, Sir Philip Ledger and John Rutter, Ben Heppner, Mary Lou Fallis, Lois Marshall, Alfred Deller and Adrianne Pieczonka. And through it’s highly esteemed Sidgwick Scholarship Program, the choir has played a part in launching the careers of some of the current generation of fine young singers