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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School Tours
Students outside Parliament Hill
 
St. Michael's Choir School has been touring since Centennial year 1967. 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.
 
Whenever possible, arrangements are made for the boys to stay with local families, and this experience not only broadens their horizons, especially in foreign countries, but allows them to become ambassadors for Canada, a task which they take in their stride.
 
For more information on the school’s tour history, please click here.
 
In July 2008 the boys travelled to the Czech Republic for the International Boys and Men’s Choral Festival in Prague.  The 2nd International Boys and Men’s Choral Festival was an outstanding opportunity for St. Michael’s Choir School to participate in rehearsal and concerts with world-renowned conductors and choirs, solo and massed concerts in the historic churches and theatres of Central Europe, including the famous Dvořák Hall in the Rudolfinum, Prague. We were one of four featured choirs at this festival which took place from June 30 through July 7, 2008.
 
In May 2009 the Senior Choir travelled to Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. The boys experienced shared performances with other exceptional choirs, and raised their own performance and leadership levels. This tour also helped them develop personal independence, increased self confidence, and collaborative and cooperative skills in group settings. Pictures from the 2009 tour to Quebec can be found within the "Year in Review" retrospective video.
 
In April 2010, the Junior Choir of St. Michael's Choir School undertook a mini-tour which included a choral exchange and a sold-out performance in southern Ontario. That weekend the boys also participated in the “Let the Boys Sing” festival, and after singing Sunday Mass at a community parish, the boys enjoyed the company of Choir School alumnus Michael Schade.
 
The Spring Tour for the Senior Choir of St. Michael’s Choir School included travel to London, Ontario and the American Midwest where they visited Chicago, Cleveland, Buffalo and Niagara Falls. This tour provided the students with the opportunity to perform and share their music with new audiences in various beautiful sacred spaces and interesting venues.
 
 

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