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 the first of a series created as part of this shared experience.
Join The Toronto Physicians Choir community in song online session for 14 weeks beginning on Wednesday September 8th- December 15th. 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.
Fees are $250 and free for medical students. Early bird fee $225 if you register by July 28th.
From an idea to reality: the evolution of the 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 something 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. Physicians and medical students were able to participate including some from outside GTA, such as Ottawa and Port Perry.
In 2021, The Chamber Choir was established. The goal is to include engaging experienced singers with additional and more challenging music, and to offer more detailed instruction and feedback. Sight-singing experience and/ or individual practice between rehearsals will be expected of Chamber Choir members.
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 - Sopranos, Altos and Baritones.
They are held weekly, to work on music with a primary focus on the recording project, but also
includes exposure to a broader variety of music.
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 from September to December, Winter session runs from January to April, and the Summer session from May to July.
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.