newchoir is Toronto's first rock choir. It was founded in 2005 as an enthusiastic community choir of people with a common desire to sing rock. Now, an auditioned choir collaborating with high-caliber Canadian artists, and performing with a live band, we present sold-out concerts each season at world class venues including Koerner Hall (Toronto) and Carnegie Hall (NYC). Throughout the season, we do gigs, flashmobs, and charitable appearances at landmark venues including Casa Loma, Harbourfront, Pearson Airport, Art Gallery of Ontario and Dundas Square.
Music and Choir Leadership
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.
Dr. Robin Williams
Transporting rock to a choral setting gives it a new character, placing a fresh gloss on familiar music. As artistic director of newchoir, I work with the singers to create something new, while retaining the nature of the original hit. We strive to develop our voices, to express with passion and artistry the varying emotions of the songs we sing.
A native of Bay Bulls, Newfoundland, Robin holds bachelor degrees in music performance and education, a master’s degree in sacred music, and a doctorate in musicology from the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome.