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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir commissions new work from Canadian composer Mark Sirett

Location: Ontario, Canada
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Noel Edison and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir have commissioned award-winning Canadian composer Mark Sirett to compose a piece for choir, brass and organ to celebrate the Christmas season.  This work, entitled Nova Nova, will be premiered at the TMC’s Festival of Carols concert on December 8, 2010, featuring the 150-voice Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Festival Brass and organist Michael Bloss.
“Supporting and expanding choral music in Canada is an important mission of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.  The Choir has a long history of commissioning new choral works, including compositions by Healey Willan, Murray Schafer, Peter Tiefenbach and a previous work by Dr. Sirett.  This 2010 commission will bring a new Canadian work to life,” explains Noel Edison, Artistic Director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Dr. Mark Sirett is the Founding Artistic Director of Cantabile Choirs in Kingston, Ontario.  He holds both masters and doctoral degrees in choral conducting and pedagogy from the University of Iowa and has taught at the University of Alberta, the University of Western Ontario and Queen’s University.   He is an award-winning composer of secular and sacred works composed for adult and youth choirs.  
“I’m honoured to be invited to compose something for the TMC, one of Canada’s finest choirs, and for director Noel Edison,” said Mark Sirett.
Festival of Carols, an annual TMC tradition, takes place on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto.  Noel Edison will narrate and conduct a concert of polychoral music for the season, including music by Schütz and Gabrieli and the premiere of Dr. Sirett’s new composition.   Tickets are available from the TMC Box Office at 416-598-0422 or online at