Lending Choral Support

What an inspiring morning of music!

Yesterday was the final day of the TDSB Music Festival at Etobicoke Collegiate Institute. This is an annual event for choirs at TDSB schools. It is a non-competitive format designed to inspire the young musicians who participate, and offer ideas on how to be even better choristers.

Zimfira Poloz with the TDSB Choirs

The choirs today were Junior level (grades 4-6). Ours, McMurrich Junior Public, was one of the 3 choirs participating. We are led by Ana Vasic, and I accompany them throughout the school year. This was our first performance this year outside of in-school events.

The clinician/adjudicator was Zimfira Poloz. She is the Director of Young Voices Toronto, and a highly accomplished musician. She worked with all the choirs together and with each individual choir as well. Her enthusiasm was so wonderful for everyone there. She has a literal bag of tricks to help demonstrate musical and technical elements. She has a hand puppet to show air space in the mouth and the raised soft palate. She uses a large Hoberman Sphere (which was a big hit) to demonstrate the build and taper of the musical line. Her passion and energy were so engaging that all of the children stayed focused throughout the 90 minutes.

I was very proud of the choir for their communicative performance - even more so since many of my own piano students sang today.

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