Toronto Physicians Choir
Due to the COVID-19 situation our choir will not meet in-person until further notice.
The choir experience is meant to be fun and enjoyable, and not a source of stress.
We have decided to continue our choir virtually. The shared singing experience and seeing the familiar and friendly faces every week has been a great source of joy. This video was created as part of this shared experience
Join The Toronto Physicians Choir community in song online session beginning on Wednesday January 13th-April 28th. It will be led by TPC music director Paul Genyk-Berezowsky. We warmly welcome all physicians and medical students, with or without prior singing experience. Residency in Toronto is not required, all meetings will take place online over Zoom.
From an idea to reality: the evolution of Toronto Physicians Choir
The Toronto Physicians Choir (TPC) was formed as a a result of a physician-driven response to an OMA District 11 Doctors' Lounge event that focused on the health benefits of choir singing. The goal of this initiative was to help prevent "burn out" and do some thing different. Started on the premise that anyone can learn to sing and feel good, membership is open to all medical students and physicians in the Greater Toronto Area. There are no auditions. Originally meeting just three times a month, the choir has grown to rehearse weekly and host social events and casual performances for family and friends.
Since April 2020, the choir has been meeting virtually over zoom. A specail online summer session was held over zoom and was received well. Physicians and medical students were able to participate including some from outside GTA. The winter session starting January 13th 2021will also be virtual.
We meet weekly on Wednesday evenings to enjoy each other’s company as we sing a variety of music spanning centuries of choral music and songs, from Gregorian Chant to Lady Gaga.
Sectionals are practice for each section separately- Soprano, Alto and Baritones
They are held weekly, to work on music with a primary focus on recording project, but also
includes exposure to broader variety of music.
1. Video recording for "A Hymn to Freedom" April 2021
2. Workshop with Speech-language pathologist Sable Chan Feb 24th
3. Watch our recent virtual performances by visiting the "virtual choir performances" page
Passionate about sharing his joy of music, Paul Genyk-Berezowsky is a versatile performer and teacher based in Toronto. A strong believer in promoting positive change with music, Paul has organized concerts in support of causes including brain tumour research. In past seasons, Paul has worked as Associate Conductor of the Pax Christi Chorale, Assistant Conductor of the Oakville Choral Society, and Director of the Junction Chorus, a choir for adults with intellectual disabilities. As the 2018 recipient of the Ken Fleet Choral Conducting Scholarship, Paul guest conducted London Pro Musica in their spring concert. He completed his degree in Music Education at the University of Toronto and continues to pursue further conducting studies with some of North America’s leading conducting pedagogues and professional choirs. Honoured to have been part of the Toronto Physicians Choir’s inaugural season, Paul is excited to see the choir continue to grow.
Annual fees are used to cover the salary of our choral director, the cost of hosting on a virtual platform, cost of venue ( if applicable), sheet music, insurance fees, video productions and other administrative costs. Fees are $250 per session for physicians. The fall session runs September -December and the Winter session runs January to April. A summer session may also be held ( fees TBD) . Full choir membership includes all the rehearsals, sectionals and recording projects with production of videos, music sheets and practice tracks.
Fees will be discounted for medical students and residents. There is no discount for retirees as many of our members are retired or semi-retired. In case of financial hardship please contact the Choir directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional 1:1 coaching/private lessons are available for a small fee.
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