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 adult 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).
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.
Truly a jack-of-all-trades in the Toronto music and theatre scene, Scott is renowned for his positivity, enthusiastic leadership, critical ear and zest for all things musical - all traits that make him a sought-after Musical Director. Having sung in choirs his whole life and studied singing from the age of five, it's no wonder he's ended up with a passion for contemporary choral music. Nothing makes him happier than getting people singing!
Scott spent six years as the Artistic Director of newchoir from 2010-2016 after which he branched out to create his own 80-voiced a cappella ensemble, SoundCrowd - currently in the process of producing their first full-length album entitled All Voice No Limits. He has also co-directed the East End United Church Choir on the Danforth since 2014. Aside from happily waving his arms in front of large groups of singers, Scott is an actor, singer, pianist, musical director, arranger, songwriter and vocal coach. Some theatre MD credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Fallen Rock Productions, Randolph Theatre), Beauty and the Beast and Fiddler on the Roof (Capitol Theatre, Port Hope), Anne & Gilbert (RuBarb Productions, Moose Jaw) and The Secret Garden (Bryant Productions, Factory Theatre). Scott has appeared as a performer in the Canadian premiere of The Hobbit (Grand Theatre, London), The Last Five Years (Big Benn Productions, BroadwayWorld Award nominee), as a member of the Canadian Virtual Community in Dear Evan Hansen (Mirvish, Royal Alexandra Theatre) and as backup singer for both Josh Groban and Sarah Brightman. He had the honour of appearing at Carnegie Hall three times with three different choirs through Distinguished Concerts International New York, and loves making music with his partner Alison either as a duo or with their pop/rock band, Cloud 9.
After some time away, Scott is thrilled to be returning to the position of Artistic Director of newchoir. He's very much looking forward to building upon newchoir's already-great musical foundation and taking the organization to new and exciting places!
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.