Orpheus Choir of Toronto (incorporated as The Orpheus Choir of Toronto Inc. in 1980). Amateur mixed choir founded in 1964 by John Sidgwick. The Orpheus Choir of Toronto debuted in a program of carols 26 Dec 1964 at Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, which was followed by a performance 6 Apr 1965 of Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). Conductors of the choir have included Sidgwick 1964-70, James Whicher 1970-5, Lloyd Bradshaw 1975-80, John Barnum 1980-7, Brainerd Blyden-Taylor 1987-2002, Norman Reintamm 2002-2003 succeeded by Robert Cooper who retained the position in 2012, celebrating his tenth season with the choir.
In 2012, the choir comprised some 60 voices. Orpheus Choir concerts, four or five annually, plus occasional special events, have been presented at various Toronto churches and halls, including St James' Cathedral, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Metropolitain United Church, Convocation Hall, George Weston Recital Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, and Koerner Hall; the choir has also made appearances with, among others, the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, the North York Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Brass, and Opera in Concert.