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School Tours

Touring has been a part of the St. Michael’s Choir School tradition since the first concert outside of Toronto, an overnight junket to Ottawa in 1946. Tours began to take boys to international destinations in 1967. Tours large and small have built relationships between the Choir School and parishes all over the world, but the principles of touring remain the same: respect, excellence and “an experience of music for the praise of God in Jesus Christ”. The concept of tours by the Choir School led Monsignor Peter Somer­ville to say that they served to bind the group together by giving the boys an ambition to achieve excellence in their music in settings other than St. Michael’s Cathedral. Monsignor Somerville also felt that the tours, whether within or outside Canada, helped to put the School “on the map” in a way that had not been possible before, even though it was recognized for the excellence of its liturgical work in the Cathedral.

In addition to the annual spring tour, the Choir School does one or two short Christmas tours every year, to locations around Ontario. These Christmas “run-out” tours take the boys to parishes in places like Lindsay, Brooklin, Barrie, Kitchener and Ajax, to sing for communities that might not have the opportunity to hear them in Toronto. Not only are the boys able to share their gifts with the region, it gives them the chance to prepare for the School’s annual Massey Hall concert – a Toronto Christmas tradition.

For more information on the school’s tour history, please click here.

Germany Tour

The SMCS Senior Choir and the Regensburger Domspatzen performance of Totus tuus by SMCS alumnus Peter Togni ’77 conducted by Teri Dunn on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Cathedral St. Peter, Regensburg, Germany.

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