The Mary and John Sidgwick Scholarship Program, named in honour of the founders of the Orpheus Choir, was created in 1988‐89 as part of the Choir’s 25th anniversary celebration.
The intent of the Sidgwick Scholars program is to provide funds for young vocal students to become part of the Orpheus Choir, to share their talents with the Choir, while at the same time receiving the benefits of exposure to the Choir’s activities and broadening their solo experience and musical training.
Sidgwick Scholars act as section leaders at rehearsal, and have opportunities to perform as featured soloists at the choir’s concerts.
- gain valuable experience from singing with a large choral ensemble
- learn choral techniques, repertoire and musicianship under the direction of a skilled Artistic Director
- receive an honorarium for rehearsals plus opportunities for additional soloist fees
- enhance their solo performing profile
- develop their teaching skills through their leadership of sectional rehearsals and warm‐ups
- invests in young emerging soloists
- learns from the Scholars’ training in sectional rehearsals, warmups, and techniques
- maintains contact with the important Music/Opera Schools at the University of Toronto, Royal Conservatory of Music and elsewhere
- benefits from this “professional” vocal infusion
- confirms its commitment to the continued support of young musicians
The Sidgwick Scholarship Positions are awarded annually. Acceptance into the programme is by personal audition. Addition details can be found on the Orpheus Choir of Toronto website.