The Physicians Choir
In Fall 2022, the choir is renamed The Physicians Choir to reflect the growth in our community, with three sections. Online sessions will continue as the Ontario Physicians Choir, and we will resume in-person rehearsals for the Toronto Physicians Choir and the Chamber Choir in Toronto. All physicians in Ontario are welcome to join.
Toronto Physicians Choir
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.
The aim is to engage experienced singers with additional and more challenging music, as well as offering more detailed instruction and feedback. Sight-singing experience and/or individual practice between rehearsals will be expected of Chamber Choir members.
Ontario Physicians Choir
The Ontario Physicians Choir meets weekly online on Tuesday evenings to connect and sing together. This will be an opportunity to maintain the relationships with those who are unable to attend rehearsals in person.
From an idea to reality: the evolution of the Toronto Physicians Choir
The Toronto Physicians Choir (TPC) was formed as 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.
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.