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. Participants are no longer required to show proof of vaccination to attend readings. According to guidelines at the time of writing this document, wearing a mask when singing or playing is voluntary. Registration for the reading is first come, first served, with the first-come player entitled to their choice of orchestral position and players signing up later, seated in order. Instrumentalists and singers must register in advance with the Reading co-ordinator (see reading flyer below). This will allow us to ensure that there are sufficient parts available and to know which parts are covered.

The current newsletter is a good resource for more information about upcoming readings, information about composers and conductors, and reviews of past readings.

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 2022-2023Please 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
September 18, 2022 Kathleen Allan Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass Chorus and orchestra
October 16, 2022 David Weaver Various: Music for Royal Occasions Chorus and orchestra
November 20, 2022 Matthew Otto Schubert: Mass in Ab Chorus and orchestra
January 22, 2023 Rafael Luz Orff: Carmina Burana Chorus and orchestra
February 12, 2023 Mervin Fick Bach: Cantata 131 Chorus and chamber group
March 26, 2023 Robert Cooper Beethoven: Mass in C Chorus and orchestra
April 23, 2023 Maria Case Various composers: Songs from Shakespeare Chorus only
May 28, 2023 Ori Siegel Dvořák: Mass Opus 86 Chorus and orchestra

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