The Toronto Children’s Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company (TC3) is more than a choir. Bringing together young people ages 7 to 18 from across the Greater Toronto area, TC3’s mission is to promote, develop and encourage youth through inspirational song, dance and Afro-Caribbean drumming. The focus is always on establishing excellence, holistic development and first-rate performance.
TC3 provides a culturally-rich musical arts program that ranges from spirituals to hip hop. Our positive environment nurtures a sense of extended family and community.
The premier program of The HopeWorks Connection, Inc.. – a not-for-profit organization – TC3 has performed on television, at corporate events as well as at sold-out performances and on international tours. We have also released an award-winning album. However, our proudest fact is that young people who stay with TC3 complete high school and an impressive 90% continue on to higher education.
Participation in the performing arts company includes specialized training (vocals, stage presence), performance opportunities and tours; access to the dance and drum programs, academic tutorials and day camps.
Since TC3’s mandate is to meet the whole need of each chorister, we do not separate academics from musical training: if a member is late for the homework/academic tutorial period, that member is late for choir rehearsal.
Academics and community service are central to each young person’s development as a leader. TC3 participants are given opportunities to teach other young people through peer-led workshops. Members are encouraged to write and perform original pieces and offered leadership responsibilities. All of this happens with the support of positive role models, mentors and instructors.
Denise Gillard Executive Artistic Director
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