Update: Due to COVID-19, our remaining Mimico Children’s Choir rehearsals and Spring concert were unfortunately cancelled. In lieu of in person rehearsals, choir Director Jenn Robinson and her team have been offering e-rehearsal packages to singers on a weekly basis to continue their practice of music while physically distancing at home. In addition to this, the choir will individually record and perform a song to be shared with friends, family, and community members in lieu of a spring concert. This video project will feature edited footage of many of the singers from their homes, using the power of technology and music to keep our young singers connected. We welcome the community to view their video project, launching Saturday May 9, and share in the joy of music with us!
Lakeshore Arts are excited to announce that we will now be coordinating the Mimico Children’s Choir. This is the newest addition to our roster of many arts programs. Registrations are now open! The registration button is at the end of the post. The session will begin at the end of September 2019.
About the Choir
Mimico Children’s Choir was founded in 2007 by Margaret Nealon and since has been providing accessible, high-quality musical education to children in South Etobicoke. The Choir delights audiences young and old through community-based performances at local events and seniors’ facilities. The two main concerts are the highlight during each session; The Christmas in Mimico carol concert and Annual Spring Concert. Mimico Children’s Choir has partnered with a number of other prestigious musical groups in the Toronto area, including the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra and the Weston Silver Band.
The choir engages children ages 6 to 13 years old and rehearses once a week for an hour after school September through May at Mimico Baptist Church.
In 2015 the Choir was honoured to receive their first grant from the Ontario Arts Council and won a 2015 Gem of the Lakeshore Award for “Best Culture and Recreation” in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.
The Choir is committed to community-building, giving children of all backgrounds and income levels access to high quality, affordable choral education and a sense of teamwork through rehearsals and performances together.
WHO: Children Grades 1 – 8
DATES: Every Thursday starting September 26th, 2019 to 17th May 2020
TIME: 4 PM – 5 PM
LOCATION: Mimico Baptist Church, 80 Hillside Ave.
2019 Winter Holiday Concert
The Choir Team
Jennifer Robinson, Music Director – Senior Division
Jennifer Robinson has been working with the Mimico Children’s Choir since the Fall of 2010. An accomplished soprano, she received a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University, a Concert Diploma in Performance from McGill University as well as a Diploma in Operatic Performance from University of Toronto. She has been a core member of the Canadian Opera Company Chorus since 1994, where she also performs small roles, understudies and school tours. Jennifer has sung in various choral groups and churches in the Toronto area and has held her current Church position at Rosedale United Church for 10 years. Jennifer also teaches private voice lessons and performs regularly as a professional soprano soloist locally in Toronto, as well as in New Brunswick, Quebec and PEI. She is grateful for her time with the Mimico Children’s Choir, allowing her to share her talents with local children as she hones her choral leadership skills.
Kimberley Schemeit, Music Director – Junior Division
Kimberley has been directing the Junior Choir since Fall, 2014. She has a Masters of Music in flute performance and is also well acquainted with choral music. Kimberley started her music career conducting the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church choir when she was still an undergraduate. She was the director of a cultural German choir for several years and has taught both vocal and instrumental music with the Toronto District School board and Kingsway College. Kimberley currently has a studio of private piano and flute students and teaches early childhood music classes using the Orff and Kodaly methods. She is a freelance flutist and has co-directed a chamber music series called Alicier Arts. Find out more about Kim on her website.
We are always accepting applications for Mimico Children’s Choir. Click the registration button below to sign up for your children.
As a part of Mimico Children’s Choir, the Local Vocals Women’s choir are a group of amazing women that lead the fundraising for the children’s choir.