Once a month, CAMMAC hosts a Reading for singers and instrumentalists to read through a mass, cantata, or opera (for choir and orchestra) under the direction of a professional conductor. Occasionally Readings feature pieces for a capella choir (singers only) or symphonies or other orchestral works (instrumentalists only). The Readings are structured more like an initial rehearsal than as a performance.

The event is open to everyone and no preparation is required. This will also allow us to ensure that there are sufficient parts available and to know which parts are covered. In accordance with public health guidelines participants are required to show proof of vaccination upon registration and wear masks when not singing or playing. Registration for the reading is first come, first served. instrumentalists and singers must register in advance with the Reading co-ordinator (see reading flyer). As of November 1, the capacity of Elliot Hall in Christ Church Deer Park is 25 people.

Solo Opportunities:  Most works have solo vocal parts.  If you are an experienced singer and you’d like to give it a try, please contact the soloists coordinator, peter.solomon@utoronto.ca, as soon as possible.

You are welcome to come and listen to the Reading, but it is much more fun singing or playing!

Howard Dyck conducting Verdi Requiem, April 2001
Howard Dyck conducting Verdi Requiem, April 2001

Instrumentalists! Readings instrumentation 2021-2022Please contact the Reading co-ordinator to reserve a part for you at that Reading. The co-ordinator’s name is at the bottom of the flyer, found by clicking the Reading’s work in the schedule below.  

Please bring your own music stand!


Refreshments available for $1 during the break.

Readings Location

Elliott Hall at Christ Church Deer Park ( entrance to the Hall is on Heath St.)
1570 Yonge Street, Toronto
(2 blocks north of St. Clair Ave. at Heath St.)

Free parking on the street.
TTC: go to St. Clair station and walk north.

Music Readings Schedule

All Readings begin at 2:00pm sharp, and end at 4:30pm.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to set up so that the Reading can begin on time! 

Date Conductor Work Vocal/Instrumentation
October 17, 2021 Elaine Choi Vivaldi: Gloria Chorus and orchestra
November 21, 2021 Jenny Crober Choral Canadiana Contemporary Chorus only
January 16, 2022 CANCELLED 
February 13, 2022 CANCELLED
March 20, 2022 Matthew Otto Zelenka: Requiem in d Chorus and orchestra
April 24, 2022 Dr. Jamie Hillman Brahms: Requiem Chorus and orchestra
May 15, 2022 Sam Shahi Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms Chorus and orchestra
June 5, 2022 Eszter Horvath Mozart: Requiem Chorus and orchestra

For further info on Readings, please e-mail toronto@cammac.ca.