2020-2021 Board of Directors
The Nova Scotia Choral Federation invites members to contact the office or a current Board member with any questions about the work of the NSCF Board, or upcoming projects.
Lesley Ann Andrews
Lesley Ann Andrews (B. Mus., Cert. in Sp.Ed., Diploma in Ed. Tech, M. Ed., Diploma Instructional Leadership) is currently the Arts Education Consultant with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education. Lesley Ann has been involved in music education for 32 years with special interests in elementary choir, elementary band and music technology. Lesley Ann has been involved in curriculum development with the NS Department of Education and also teaches flute as part of the NSCC’s Music Arts program. She is always looking for opportunities to connect with teachers and promote music education.
Tom Black is a founding member of Nova Voce, performing in the Bass 2 section. He has served on their board, including terms as chair and treasurer.
From a background in classical piano, his interests have spread to playing guitar both for personal enjoyment and as a rock musician, amateur theatre with Showcase Productions Society performing in a number of their productions and singing in several vocal ensembles.
Tom was organist and choir director at Trinity United Church in Oxford for 8 years and directed an Oxford community choir. He also enjoys dabbling in composing and arranging.
(M. Mus Memorial University, B.Mus Mount Allison University) is pleased to be back in Nova Scotia after working as as a conductor, teacher and clinician in Newfoundland for over 16 years. Andrew was the Co-Artistic Director of the Coastal Sounds Choir Association in Conception Bay South, NL where he conducted both the Coastal Sounds Community Choir and the Aurora Women’s Choir. Andrew has worked with many choirs in Canada as both conductor and singer, and had the privilege of directing the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in 2014. He was also recently the Music Director of Topsail United Church. In Nova Scotia, he continues to work as a teacher and clinician and will be the conductor of the Middleton Choral Society starting in September 2022.
Heather Fraser maintains an active career as a choral conductor, music educator, clinician, presenter and adjudicator. She is the Artistic Director of the Annapolis Valley Honour Choirs (150 singers Grades 3-12), the Aeolian Singers (Halifax based women’s choir), and is a collaborative pianist in the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. As the Program Director for the NS Choral Federation for seven years, she is passionate about the power of choral music to build community and foster our humanity. Heather serves as VP Advocacy on the Board of Choral Canada and sits on the National Youth Choir Committee. She feels humbled to be a part such a talented and invested team working on behalf of our diverse national choral community. Heather is grateful to have had the opportunity to study conducting and choral pedagogy with mentors across Canada, the USA and the UK. She was honoured to be a Conducting Fellow with the Canadian Chamber Choir (2015), the first conductor in Pro Coro Canada’s emerging artist program (2016), and was Apprentice Conductor of the National Youth Choir of Canada under the guidance of Dr. Victoria Meredith (2010).
As a University-educated professional with non-profit experience in a cross-cultural environment, Spencer Gough is dedicated to community engagement and life-long learning with 10+ years’ experience learning, communicating, teaching and supporting others. A dedicated team player, he communicates with peers and stakeholders amicably and analytically, manages competing project timelines, and is quick to adapt to new projects and technologies.
Spencer sings with the Halifax Camerata Singers and has worked at Sing Sing at Youth Choir Camp
Wendy LaPierre - President
Wendy LaPierre lives in the Annapolis Valley. She studied voice at Acadia University and has a Music Education degree. When her kids were young, Wendy performed with the Valley based group DonnaWendyAndy and was the music director at Kings County Christian School, as well substituting as music teacher at Annapolis Valley Regional School Board. Now that she has 5 grandchildren, she’s very busy grand-parenting. One of Wendy’s biggest joys is directing the North Mountain Community Chorus and being involved in various musical and theatrical projects around the Valley.
Greg MacLeod, Treasurer
Singing has always been a part Greg’s life. In his younger years, he was in the school choir and took part in many school musical productions with the most memorable being Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. During high school he was part of the school band where he played the trombone. He has been singing with the City of Lakes Barbershop Chorus for the past 19 years and with Nova Voce for the past 7 years. He has also participated in the Tattoo Choir since 2008 and Jubilate for the past 5 years. Currently, he is singing in the Male Chorus in the production of The Magic Flute as part of the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Greg is treasurer on the board of directors of Nova Voce he is looking forward to serving on the Board of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation.
Laura is a music lover, choral singer, and communications professional living in Halifax. She has always been passionate about singing. Growing up in New Glasgow, she took full advantage of the strong school music programs available to her. Laura has sung in the Nova Scotia Youth Choir, various school choirs, and the NNEC Jazz choir, which performed at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 2014. She was proud to come back to NSYC in 2021 to participate in “Nutuwiek? Can You Hear Us?" Laura currently sings with Polaris Choir in Halifax.
Living and working in K’jipuktuk (Halifax, the Great Harbour) on the ancestral and unceded territory the Mi’kmaq people, Kevin Parks is a church music leader and consultant. He is an active conference and retreat musician with a particular interest in building community through small group song sharing circles. He presents regularly on matters related to Employment of Church Musicians, Copyright and the Church, and Music Leading Techniques for Clergy and Lay Worship Leaders. Kevin is the Nova Scotia convenor for Music United (United Church of Canada Association of Musicians) and is on the development team for the United Church’s new digital hymnal "Then Let Us Sing!", due for release in fall 2024. He is the Minister of Music at St. Andrew’s United Church and the University Musician at Atlantic School of Theology, both in Halifax, NS.
Norm Scrimger, Past President
Over the past four decades in Nova Scotia, Norm has sung with numerous choirs and participated in several special productions including three Symphony Nova Scotia performances of “Beethoven’s 9th” and a special performance of Handel’s “The Lord Nelson’s Mass” under Kathryn Laurin. He was a member for many years with the Elastic Millennium Choir which had released at least half a dozen CDs of music of an historical interest. He has attended international choral festivals in Canada and Europe and has sung under several renowned conductors. Norm is a charter member of Nova Voce, and has been singing with Seton Cantata Choir for more than 30 years. He is currently on the Board of both choirs.
Laura Beth Smith -
Laura Beth (B.Mus., B.Mus.Ed., O.C.T) is a classically trained musician in voice and piano. At the tender age of 16 songwriting became a way to navigate her emotions and thoughts. Her sister sent her into a recording studio on her 19th birthday to record a three song demo. The first time she ever sang a full set of her own tunes was at the ECMA and JUNO awards showcases in 2002. She recently moved back to Nova Scotia with her young family and is thrilled to be back in her homeland.
Over the past 17 years she has been working professionally in various combinations as a singer, musical theatre performer, music director, church choir director, community choir director, youth and children's honour choir director, songwriter, composer/arranger, and private and public school music teacher. She is passionate about bringing people together in song and believes from her very depths that everyone can sing. Yes, that's right, she said EVERYONE.
Kaitlin Wilcox (B.Mus, B.Ed) has always been dedicated to music education in Nova Scotia. Growing up on the Eastern Shore, Kaitlin was lucky to participate in a rich music education experience in her junior high and high school. Following high school, Kaitlin went on to study classical saxophone and voice at Acadia University where she also obtained her Bachelor of Education in 2018. Kaitlin has had the privilege of working in arts programming and promotion since 2014 and joined the Nova Scotia Choral Federation in 2017 as a summer student, then as Programs Coordinator. Kaitlin has been lucky to return as Sing Summer Staff as an alto section lead for both Youth and Adult Choir Camp. Since the end of her position with the NSCF, Kaitlin began teaching music with the HRCE as well as teaching music privately outside of school hours. In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys training and teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Additionally, Kaitlin is an active member of the Glass Winds Ensemble. Kaitlin is hopeful to see growth in choral education across the province.
- Norm Scrimger, Past President
- Wendy LaPierre, President
- TBA, Vice President
- Greg MacLeod, Treasurer
- TBD, Secretary
- TBA, Member At Large
- TBA, Chair
Choral Canada Representative:
- Tim Callahan-Cross
- Wendy LaPierre, Chair
- Greg MacLeod
Honorary Life Members:
- Senator John Buchanan
- Barbara Clark
- Dr. Walter Kemp
- Kaye Pottie
- Riet (Maria) Vink
Past Honorary Life Members:
- Dr. Helen Creighton
- Sr. Rita Clare
- Mae Cameron Campbell
- Irene MacQuillam-Murphy
- Dr. Elizabeth Murray
- Dr. Paul Murray
Meet our Office Staff
Tim Callahan-Cross (Executive Director), Anne MacDonald (Program Coordinator)
Executive Director, Tim Callahan-Cross, is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and the Banff Centre Arts Management Program. As an arts administrator and volunteer he has provided sound management and helped to develop and maintain successful programs and services for our vibrant choral community. He worked with the Nova Scotia Choral Federation as Program Coordinator from 1987 until 1997 when he assumed the position of Executive Director. In 1998 and 2014 Tim helped organize the highly popular and successful Podium biennial conferences of Choral Canada held in Halifax.
Tim is an experienced manager. Prior to working with the federation he owned and operated the acclaimed Halifax restaurant Café Quelque Chose which was reviewed and recommended annually in “Where to Eat in Canada", Canada’s national restaurant guide and was selected as one of Canada’s 100 best restaurants by Enroute Magazine. As a dietetic supervisor at the Halifax Infirmary Hospital Tim helped manage a staff of seventy five chefs and food handlers, set menus and prepare food for both patients and a full service cafeteria. Tim is a qualified fitness and weight training instructor with the YMCA and where he taught fitness for 10 years.
As an adoptive parent Mr. Callahan-Cross has completed Pride Training through Family and Children Services and regularly attended seminars on child behavior, and care. He is frequently asked to present on adoption panels as part of the Pride Training for perspective adoptive and foster parents. He has served as a volunteer on committees and boards of several local choirs including the Annapolis Valley Honour Choirs, Halifax Camerata Singers, Halifax Gay Men's Chorus, and Nova voce, as well as the Mocean Dance, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, the YMCA, the Family Pride Camping Association, AVASP Care and the Kinap Community Centre. Currently he serves on the boards of the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia where he has been president and treasurer; Choral Canada where he chairs the National Youth Choir Committee; Unison Choruses Canada and is co-chair of Unison Festival 2022. Tim makes his home in Bedford with his son Bruno. He has enjoyed singing with a few local community choirs and currently sings with the Halifax Gay Men's Chorus. Tim 's other passions include travel, gardening, cooking and spending time with family and friends
Anne MacDonald is a graduate of Acadia University with a Bachelor of Arts and Mount Saint Vincent University with a Certificate in Marketing. Originally from Cape Breton, music has always been a significant influence in Anne’s life. Having played piano since the age of 8, she was an active member of her community at a young age providing accompaniment in her community church choir and playing at school. She has completed Grade 8 Royal Conservatory in Piano and continues to share this love of music as a piano teacher in Tantallon, NS.
Anne has worked in several organizations since making the Halifax area her home. She has been involved in Sales and Marketing in the hotel industry, spent several years working in recruitment and retention as well as running a home based childcare and tutoring business for several years. Music has always been her passion, however, and she has consistently found herself drawn to organizations that work with the Arts.
Anne has seen firsthand the benefits of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation as all three of her children are involved in music. Her oldest child was part of All City choirs over many years. She has seen the value of the choral experience, choir camps and the life lessons these opportunities provide. She feels fortunate to be part of an organization that can continue to promote and share these musical experiences for others in years to come.
Anne has been a volunteer within her community in planning large fundraisers, leading community groups and providing day to day support for field trips / in the classroom at the local schools. As her children get older, she spends lots of time driving them to their activities and supporting their interests. Her family enjoys camping, spending time at their family cottage in Cape Breton and the beach. Anne is also an avid baker and enjoys any opportunity to sit with a good book. As a former runner (she completed a marathon in 2014) she also loves the outdoors, hiking and biking.