newchoir is Toronto's first rock choir, and has been blowing the roof off of Toronto concert halls since 2005. Utilizing a professional five-piece rock band, exciting choral arrangements of a wide variety of pop and rock songs, and a genuine wish to create fun, dynamic concerts that appeal to all ages, newchoir is a singing 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 either Monday or Tuesday evenings. It is a non-profit, membership-based organization with a Board of Directors (see below), and membership for a full year is $450. Generally performing two major concerts a year, newchoir has appeared on such stages as Koerner Hall, The Masonic Temple, Ryerson 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 80-voices a cappella ensemble, SoundCrowd. He has also co-directed the East End United Church Choir on the Danforth since 2014. Theatre MD credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Randolph Theatre), Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof (Capitol Theatre, Port Hope) and The Secret Garden (Factory Theatre). Scott has appeared as a member of the Canadian Virtual Community in Dear Evan Hansen (Mirvish, Royal Alexandra Theatre) and as a backup singer for both Josh Groban and Sarah Brightman. He has had the honour of appearing at Carnegie Hall three times with three different choirs, and loves making music with his partner Alison either as a duo or with their band, Cloud 9.
Scott is thrilled to return to the position of Artistic Director of newchoir and looks forward to the many musical adventures to come!
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.
Jeff Vidov is the new accompanist for newchoir and band leader/keyboardist for our performances. Jeff has many years of experience as a choir accompanist, including with the Hart House choir at UofT. Not only is he a fantastic pianist and keyboard player, but is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, arranger and band leader, including for a number of rock tribute bands.