The Toronto Children’s Concert Choir, popularly known as TC3, marked its 10th anniversary recently with a stellar performing arts event showcasing past and present members.
The group also celebrated two of its artists who graduated from high school.
Amaris Marshall, who attended All Saints Catholic Secondary School in Whitby, aspires to be either a principal or lawyer. She will pursue post-secondary education at the University of Toronto. And Zoia Davis, a graduate of Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, intends to become either a physical fitness instructor or actress.
Both of these high school graduates entered the TC3 program five years ago.
“I have enjoyed the experience,” said Davis. “It’s been so amazing in that it has given me the opportunity to meet youths my age group and do positive things with them. I have also been allowed to grow artistically.”
TC3 founder Rev. Denise Gillard said more than 500 young people have passed through the program in the past decade.
“It’s satisfying to see kids in our program graduate because we encourage them to have their own dream of academic excellence,” said Gillard who also founded Living Hope Community Church. “It’s also refreshing to see those who have left us come back and help out whenever and wherever there is a need. That has been most gratifying.”
TC3 was started to promote, develop and encourage youth in the musical arts through inspirational music ranging from spiritual to hip hop. In November 2008, the group released its debut CD, Our Message.