Leading Innovators in Choral Education

VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto is a vibrant, innovative choral organization for children and youth ages four to young adults.

2015-16 marks VIVA!’s sixteenth anniversary season as a downtown group of choirs whose mission is to offer youth the opportunity to achieve artistic excellence through innovative education in a singer-centred, inclusive community.

* Orff classes for younger choirs
* Support for youth with disabilities –
see our Inclusion Video

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Highlights of recent seasons:

2015-16

  • October 4 – auditions for lead roles in The Sword in the Schoolyard
  • October 23 to 25 –the Annual weekend Performing Arts Camp for Junior, Main, ECS & Chamber Choirs
  • November 28 – Performance at the Metro Convention Centre at the Children’s Aid Foundation Gala
  • November 29 – the first of two annual season’s concerts – SHANTI! Our Native Land with Cree Hand Drummer and Song Catcher Veronica Johnny
  • December – singers age 8+ sing 24 performances of “The Waltz of the Snowflakes” in The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker
  • November and April Orff Showcases where the Prep Chorus and Junior Choir present compositions and creative works
  • November/December – VIVA!’s pickup choir the “Six Week Singers” rehearse and perform, along with four of our choirs, at Carols by Candlelight with the Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church Choir in our home venue Trinity St. Paul’s Centre
  • December – Poinsettia Sales Fundraising Campaign
  • January – Family Night – Ukulele Fest, Board Games, Drum Circle and Soup for All
  • February – Bowlathon Fundraiser
  • March 25 – Bach John Passion for Main Chorus and Chamber Youth Choir with orchestra and the Trinity St. Paul’s United Church Choir
  • April – “Bring a Friend” Day Open House
  • April 20 – the Chamber Youth Choir performs at the Annual Gala Fundraising Dinner
  • May 15 – Singers taking Private Voice Lessons through VIVA! perform in a Solo Vocal Recital
  • June 3 – 5 – The Sword in the Schoolyard, A World Premiere
    Part of the inaugural Toronto Festival of Children’s Opera
  • Auditions and Theory Help Days throughout the season

2014-15

  • performance at the Bliss Ball Fundraiser for the Dilawri Foundation
  • Chamber Youth Choir performance at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre’s Remembrance Day Service
  • January concert Songs of Innocence with guest artist Michelle Colton, percussion
  • Main Chorus participation at the Ontario Vocal Festival in Caledon in February
  • Noon Hour Concert at Roy Thomson Hall by Main Chorus and Chamber Youth Choir in March
  • The Play of Daniel, a medieval liturgical drama, with The Toronto Consort
  • June concert Sumer is Icumen In with guest artists Colin Savage, recorder and Terry McKenna, lute

2013-14

  • Canada’s Walk of Fame Performance with rocker Alice Cooper in honour of legendary music producer Bob Ezrin, broadcast on Global TV
  • performance at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre’s 100th Anniversary Chandelier Gala
  • 5th Annual City Carol Sing, a foodbank fundraiser, broadcast on City TV
  • Brother Heinrich’s Christmas, a seasonal concert
  • Requiem by W. A. Mozart with the Talisker Players Orchestra
  • Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic operetta The Mikado  performed by all choirs with the Kingsway Chamber Strings

2012-13

  • children’s opera Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten
  • A Medieval Bestiary with Toronto Consort by Dean Burry

2011-12

  • music inspired by Greek mythology
  • music by Greek Canadian Christos Hatzis
  • Greek folk dancer participation
  • all choirs house organization by Greek gods
  • season culminating tour to Greece in July 2012