newchoir is a choral community founded and focused on the genres of rock and pop that strives to create high-calibre joyful musical experiences for its members and audiences. We emphasize musical growth and teamwork among members by fostering an atmosphere of respect, discipline and positivity, while being accessible to as many levels of musical ability as possible.
newchoir is Toronto's original rock choir, and has been blowing the roof off of Toronto concert halls since 2005. Utilizing professional rock musicians, exciting choral arrangements of a wide variety of pop & rock songs spanning the decades, newchoir is a massive rock group like no other in the city!
newchoir is an auditioned group of 100+ singers from all musical backgrounds and all walks of life that rehearses once a week on Monday evenings at Church of the Redeemer (162 Bloor St W). We are a non-profit, membership-based organization with a Board of Directors (see below). Membership for a full year is $675. Generally performing two major concerts a year in a variety of exciting concert venues, newchoir has appeared on such stages as Koerner Hall, The Concert Hall, The Bluma Appel Theatre, Nathan Phillips Square, and even New York's famed Carnegie Hall. You never know where we might show up next!
Music and Choir Leadership
Scott Pietrangelo is a Toronto-based music director, performer, singer, pianist, arranger, songwriter and vocal coach. He is renowned for his positivity, enthusiastic leadership, critical ear and zest for all things musical. Nothing makes him happier than getting people singing!
Scott spent six years as the Artistic Director of newchoir from 2010-2016 after which he created his own contemporary a cappella ensemble, SoundCrowd. He also co-directed the East End United Church Choir on the Danforth from 2014-2022. Theatre MD credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Randolph Theatre), Anne & Gilbert (RuBarb Prod., Moose Jaw), Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof (Capitol Theatre, Port Hope) and The Secret Garden (Factory Theatre). As a performer, Scott appeared as a member of the Canadian Virtual Community in Dear Evan Hansen (Mirvish, Royal Alexandra Theatre) and has been most recently seen in Murder for Two (Festival Antigonish/Neptune Theatre, Halifax) and Songs for a New World (Rosebud Theatre, Alberta). He has had the pleasure of working with such notable names as Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies), Alex Lacamoire (Tony and Grammy Award Winner, Hamilton) and Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect), among others, and has sung backup for both Josh Groban and Sarah Brightman in concert. Scott has made three separate appearances at Carnegie Hall with three different vocal ensembles (including newchoir in 2015!), and loves making music with his wonderful partner, Alison, in their band, Cloud 9.
Caroline Suri is the Executive Director of newchoir. Over the past 12 years in leadership positions with musical organizations such as the Toronto Children’s Chorus and the Mississauga Children’s Choir. She has leveraged her life-long love of ensemble music into cultivating active, dynamic memberships and into curating memorable audience experiences around the world.
A passionate advocate for the role music plays in affecting landscapes of all kinds, Caroline is working with us to develop and expand newchoir’s presence in Canada. She is thrilled to be part of such a devoted collective who actively participates in and gives back to Toronto’s music scene, and who uses rock music to create profound sound, deliver choral impact and inspire the secret star in all of us.
Christina Faye is an accomplished pianist making her home in Toronto. Originally from Thunder Bay, she earned a Bachelor of Music from Brandon University, and graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Master of Music in 2009. Christina held the Principal Keyboard position with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, as well as collaborative pianist positions at several major summer music programs, including Opera Nuova, the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Colorado, Canadian Operatic Arts Academy and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. Christina is the music director and organist at Donway Covenant United as well as being an in demand collaborative and solo pianist. She works with a number of choirs and opera/theatre organizations including newchoir, Canadian Children’s Opera Company, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and Opera Atelier. As a soloist, she has toured across North America and Great Britain and is featured in the Juno nominated soundtrack for Studio MDHR’s video game, Cuphead, and their more recent addition to the game, The Delicious Last Course. Education is also a vital part of Christina’s life, and she maintains a small studio of private students, coaches professional and amateur singers and has adjudicated for ORMTA, and has been on staff for the Canadian Opera Company’s summer youth programming.