2018-2019 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.

Patricia BettsPatricia Betts, Secretary

Patricia has a life-long passion for music and especially choral singing, Currently, she is a member of The Aeolian Singers, Yougottasing choir and Saint Andrew’s United Church choir. She has also sung with The Cape Breton Chorale - all in Nova Scotia. Involvement has also included volunteering for choirs , conferences and music festivals, and recently attending the NSCF Adult Choir Camps.

Folk music has been part of her life since childhood. In addition she has sung with an Amateur Operatic Society, a Teacher’s choir, and has directed choral music to accompany dramatic productions in a school where there was no music programme. In addition, Patricia brings innovative ideas, administrative and strong organizational skills, and experience from serving on other boards. It would be a privilege, a joy and a pleasure to serve in the Board of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation.

Graham Bolton, Member at Large

Graham has been a choir member for most of his life including school choirs and the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir and he has attended NSCF Sing Summer programs.  In 2016 Graham worked at Youth Choir Camp as a chaperone and will return in the same capacity this summer. He sang with the Nova Scotia Youth Choir for the 2017 season.

Graham is currently a member of Nova Voce and sang with Vox: A choir for Social Change until it disbanded in the spring of 2017. He is looking forward to being a part of a new orgainzation and choir this September.
Having studied Theatre at Acadia University, he is involved in acting projects as often as possible.

Christophere Bowman

Christopher Bowman, Past President

Christopher Bowman (M. Mus Memorial University, B. Mus Mount Allison University) enjoys making music in many forms – as a conductor, solo and choral singer, and educator. He is full-time Minister of Music at First United Church in Truro, Nova Scotia, and Artistic Director of the Cantabile Society, where he conducts the Cantabile Singers and co-conducts the Cantabile Boys’ Choir. He also sings with the acclaimed Canadian Chamber Choir, and is an instructor of piano and voice. Chris is active as a baritone soloist; his debut CD “Over Hill and Valley” with pianist David Chafe won Music NS and Music NL awards, and was nominated for an East Coast Music Award.

Chris loves working with singers of all ages and stages, and has conducted community, church, school, and university choirs in Atlantic Canada and Ontario. Chris is sought after as an adjudicator, workshop clinician and lecturer, and in recent years has taught in various university music departments in Atlantic Canada as a sessional instructor. Chris, his wife Laura, and daughters Erica and Meredith live in Valley, NS.

Bryan Crocker

Bryan Crocker, President

Bryan Crocker is Associate Artistic Director of Nova Voce and the TJ Murray Musician in Residence at the Dalhousie University Medical School where he is the Artistic Director and principal conductor 0f the Dalhousie Health Professions Chorale and Ensembles. His “day job” is with Capital Health as Team Leader of Pathology Informatics in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He has been employed at Capital Health for 29 years as a Medical Technologist. In his spare time, while not at work or on-call, Bryan is busy with a range of musical endeavors. Bryan has completed four levels of a choral conducting course offered by the British Columbia Choral Federation and has been a sectional leader at our NSCF’s Adult Choir Camp.

Bryan continues to be actively involved in the Halifax musical community, playing saxophone in a number of bands including the Sackville Community Band, the Tuesday Night Big Band and the medical school’s Tupper Band. Bryan currently lives in Dartmouth where he is tolerated by his 2 cats.

Christne Dewing

Christine Dewing

Christine Dewing moved to Halifax and obtained a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University in 1988. Shortly thereafter she began working for the Killam Trusts, at Dalhousie University. After resigning from the Killam Trusts in 2004 to move for her husband’s career, she returned to Halifax in 2006 and became the librarian for the NSCF and coordinator of the Musique Saint-Bérnard concert series. Fluently bilingual since her teens, in 2006 Christine enrolled in Mount Saint Vincent University’s Certificate of Advanced French Proficiency program, and in 2007 began working freelance as a conference interpreter (simultaneous translation).

She has sung with the Dalhousie Chorale, Dartmouth Choral Society St.Paul’s Singers, Mihira, an international women’s choir while in The Netherlands and the University of Victoria’s German Lieder choir. Christine attended the NSCF’s choir camp twice, in 2006 and 2007. She found the experience most enjoyable and rewarding, and plans to go again sometime in the future.

Jennifer Garvey, Treasurer

Jennifer, a native of Dartmouth, is a Saint Mary’s University commerce graduate; and has spent most of her career as a business manager in the publishing industry. In her spare time she sits on the board of the Aplastic Anemia and Myelodysplasia Association of Canada, and volunteers for a variety of cultural, sporting, tourism and charity events, as well as many pop-up choir projects.

In May, she was the Exhibitor Coordinator for Choral Canada’s Podium 2014.
Jennifer sings with Dalhousie Collegium Cantorum, the Dalhousie Health Professions Chorale, and Dartmouth Choral Society (where she has served on the executive and the 50th Anniversary committee). She also sings with the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Choir, Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus, Halifax Summer Choral Conducting Symposium Chorus, and in November 2013 she sang with Canta Mara (NSCF’s provincial adult choir).

When Jennifer isn’t singing, she can be found at the rink. A Skate Canada official and CanSkate program assistant, she also sits on the boards of the Bedford Skating Club and Skate Canada Nova Scotia Central Region.

Spencer Gough

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

Barbara Kaill

An arts administrator and life long chorister, Barb returned to her native Nova Scotia in 2015 after five years living and working in Toronto. Growing up, she was choral scholar at St. George’s Round Church, sang with the All-City honour choirs, attended NSCF choir camps and sang with the Nova Scotia & National Youth Choirs.
Barb studied music and vocal performance at Mount Allison and Dalhousie universities and later Arts Management at the University of Toronto. She was general manager of Toronto-based That Choir and served on the board of Choirs Ontario. Administratively, her focus has been on community and youth engagement, and audience development through social media.
Since her return to Halifax, Barb has resumed singing with the Choir of St. George’s, as well as performing with several small ensembles throughout the city. She also consults freelance with independent arts organizations in Halifax and Toronto.
Barb is the owner of a small, neighbourhood cafe, through which she endeavours to create community and support local visual artists. She is thrilled to be back is herhometown where she lives with her newborn son Noah, and couldn’t be happier to be a part of this province’s robust choral community once again.

Wendy LaPierre

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 and helping her daughter run Cotton Tale Cafe + Play in New Minas. 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.

Zoe Leger

Zoe grew up singing through various NSCF programs including the Sing Summer Camps and the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. Zoe has sung with the National Youth Choir and has served as artistic staff at Junior and Youth Choir Camp for ten years. Currently, Zoe is a voice teacher, performer, arranger and choir director of four Halifax ensembles including Vivid Vocal Ensemble, a small group for teen voices and Swingalong Vocal Ensemble, a jazz vocal group for adult singers. Zoe is thrilled to be part of the NSCF board and give back to an organization that has given her so much over the years.

Danielle LeVangie

An enthusiastic supporter of Cape Breton’s Gaelic music and culture, Danielle can be found at the square dances and live Celtic music events on the Island. Danielle is a music educator with the CBVRSB. She sang with the Cape Breton Youth Choir and continued on with the Cape Breton Chorale. Danielle received a B. Mus. from Mount Allison University, and after a year of teaching in Korea she went to Memorial University in St. John’s Newfoundland for her B. Mus. Ed. When not dancing, Danielle can be found volunteering for Celtic Colours International Festival and other music events on the Island.

Paula Phillips

Paula Phillips

Paula has been performing, teaching and arranging for over 30 years. She began her musical life in Truro playing piano, clarinet and saxophone and singing in a junior choir. Paula graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Music in voice and a Bachelor of Music Education, earning vocal and choral scholarships. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Paula has enjoyed teaching voice at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts since 1994, where she is also Voice Department Head. Past teaching includes classroom music, choir and band at Sacred Heart School of Halifax, and Kindermusik at MCPA and Montessori Children’s House. This past year, she also taught King’s View Academy’s first choral class. Paula has sung, recorded and traveled with numerous ensembles including Canada’s National Youth Choir and delighted in singing under the hemlocks at NSCF Youth and Adult choir camps as a workshop and soprano section leader. Upon moving to Mahone Bay, Paula established a private voice and piano studio, and for two years was artistic director of the Seaside Singers. She is a longtime member of the award-winning Halifax Camerata Singers.

Norm Scrimger, Vice 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.

Executive Committee:

  • Christopher Bowman, Past President
  • Bryan Crocker, President
  • Norm Scrimger, Vice President
  • Jennifer Garvey, Treasurer
  • Patricia Betts, Secretary
  • Graham Bolton, Member At Large

Nominations Committee:

  • Graham Bolton, Chair

Choral Canada Representative:

  • Tim Callahan-Cross

CFNS Representative:

  • Patricia Betts

Personnel Committee

  • Norm Scrimger, Chair
  • Bryan Crocker
  • Jennifer Garvey


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),  Kailin Wilcox (Director Assistant) and Katharine Vingoe-Cram (Administrative Assistant)

Tim Callahan-Cross
Executive Director


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 attends 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 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 is treasurer of the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia, and a board member of Choral Canada where he chairs the National Youth Choir Committee. Tim makes his home in Halifax with his husband Thomas and sons Bruno, Jamal and Ty. He has enjoyed singing with a few local community choirs and currently sings with Nova Voce.

Katherine Vingoe-Cram


Katharine is an arts administrator, visual artist and freelance arts educator.Originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, she attended NSCAD University (BFA, 2010), and was involved as a volunteer in the local arts community in Halifax, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, where she first became interested in public programs and arts administration.

She later attended Queen’s University (MA, 2014), where she studied the history and representation of folk art in Nova Scotia. She was an active member of the Kingston arts community for five years, and held positions as the Grants Officer for the Kingston Arts Council, and the Programs Assistant at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. She was also a board member at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, and was one of several resident
artists at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning.

Recently, she moved back to Dartmouth and is happy to be home. She is excited to bring her skills and experience to the Nova Scotia Choral Federation.

Katharine works Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, and Friday afternoons. She divides her time between the Choral Federation and Theatre Nova Scotia, where she also works as the part-time administrator.

Ryan Henwood
Program Assistant


Program Assistant, Ryan Henwood (B.Mus Composition, Dalhousie 2017) is a Halifax-based composer, conductor, arts administrator and choral singer.  Ryan has been with the NSCF since November 2018 and has enjoyed the process of becoming more involved with the administrative side of Halifax's choral community.

Ryan is currently the co-conductor of Spíra with Rebecca McCauley and the Program coordinator at the Nova Scotia Choral Federation. Ryan graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Music in Composition in the Spring of 2017 and was the recipient of the University Medal in Music. As a composer, Ryan’s main focus is on the creation of new vocal works- in both solo and choral settings. In the summer of 2017, Ryan traveled to Europe to participate in COSI’s inaugural Opera Creation Lab in Sulmona, Italy. Ryan also competed in the 8th International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition, where he received the special prize for Best Religious Vocal Piece. In the spring of 2018, Ryan also placed second for his composition, Pulse, in the Eastern Horizon Composition Competition. In addition to conducting Spíra, Ryan is also an active choral singer in the Halifax community. Ryan currently sings with the Halifax Camerata Singers as well as Choirs for Change’s Polaris and Eastern Horizon.

The experience of working  for the Nova Scotia Choral Federation has greatly influenced Ryan for the better:  he finds joy in helping implement choral programs with in Nova Scotia and expanding the reach of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation. With the experience gained through working for the the Choral Federation, he plans to continue the promotion of choir instruction in communities as a key component of music education for life long musical learning.