National Survey for Choirs – Canada Council for the Arts

Choir/Choruses/Singing Groups/Composers Survey

Strengths, Challenges and New Opportunities

This survey is part of a project designed to determine the major challenges choirs, choruses, singing groups and composers are currently facing, as well as to help identify what gaps there are in choir programming and governance. This survey will also provide some preliminary insight into what new opportunities are available and what toolkits are needed to help meet these challenges.

Choirs at all levels and composers across the country are seeing new opportunities in exploring the creation and use of new and shared digital content and resources. (This does NOT include unauthorized sharing of copyrighted material.)This survey and project will help inform decision making and provide strategic guidance to allow for a quick and successful transition to our “new normal”. 

National and provincial choral organizations, artists, composers, schools, and various arts organizations across Canada will be invited to complete this survey which asks questions about “Digital Offerings”, in particular during COVID.  Questions on topics such as: What digital tactics have been used? How have they been monetized, if at all?  How and with whom have these been shared? Have they resulted in changes in audience connections? What financial and human resource barriers have you encountered?

There are new resources needed to increase the digital literacy of choral organizations.  This could take the form of “toolkits” or a national database to help organize access to current and future content. The hope is that these resources will help leverage digital technologies to inform innovative programming, new ways of marketing and funding, and a transformation of audience engagement as they return to live performances. Your collaboration through the completion of this survey will greatly assist in helping the choral and other arts sectors towards understanding these goals.

Some questions are designed for singing organizations to answer and some are more generic and can be answered by both choirs and independent composers. Composers associated with singing organizations can of course answer all questions. Independent composers not associated with a specific organization will be directed to certain parts of the survey.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes of your time. As a token of appreciation for your time, after completing the survey you can enter into a draw to win one of the prizes: 

– A gift certificate for $100 from Cypress Music Publishers 

– A $50 gift certificate from Long and McQuade

Deadline: Wed. November 9, 2022 

Complete the survey today!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8MH7MYJ

If you have any questions, or if you experience any technical issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at: Victoria Glizer at info@cpamo.org or charles c. smith at executive@cpamo.org.

This project is supported with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. 

NSYC 2024

We’ve got something to sing about!!!! 🎶🔔

We had amazing response to the call for singers for the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. We currently have 40 SINGERS from all over the province planning to be in this program. We are so excited to see everyone at the first rehearsal!

SINGERS: You will be hearing from NSCF soon with information about what is needed to complete your voice placement.

Thank you to all the choir directors, NSCF members, alumni and staff who have shared this opportunity with your community. We can’t wait to get started!

Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages as well as the NSCF webpage for updates and information about the program over the next few months. We may even share a few Throwback videos as rehearsal weekends and the September concert weekend approach. Stay tuned!

Toss-a-Toonie Donations

Thank you to all of the generous choirs and groups who participated in our Toss-a-Toonie fundraiser in the month of March. The funds raised help to support the NS Youth Choir Program as well as the Nova Scotia Singers who are participating the National Youth Choir.

If you have not submitted your Toss-a-Toonie funds, please sent to the NSCF office via cheque or e-transfer soon. Thank you again for all your support!

EMSNS Madrigal Group – New session starts May 2

Do you enjoy laughing and learning while you sing? The Early Music Society of Nova Scotia Madrigal Group is a relaxed a cappella ensemble that meets on Thursday mornings to sing a wide variety of English, Italian and French sixteenth-century music, directed by Andrew Pickett. Our next session begins Thursday, May 2, running through June 27, meeting at Faith City Church, 6225 Summit St, Halifax, from 10:30 am–12 pm. Please contact Andrew at andrewjpickett@yahoo.co.uk if you’d like to join in!

Welcome to Heather Fraser, incoming Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation.

We have big news! As Tim’s retirement draws closer, we’re happy to announce the appointment of our new NSCF Executive Director, Heather Fraser.

Heather’s experiences as an artistic director, conductor, collaborative pianist, music educator, and arts administrator make her well suited to lead the NSCF into its next chapter. Many of you in our community will recognize her, having previously served the NSCF as the Program Director. Our national singing community has also greatly benefitted from her work as VP of Advocacy for Choral Canada.

“I am deeply honoured to have been given this opportunity to serve the Nova Scotian singing community. I believe whole-heartedly in the power of singing together to transform lives and am deeply invested in a vibrant future for our artform. One of my favourite things to do is to bring people together, and I look forward to building diverse cultural relationships that will allow the NSCF to remain relevant, accessible and impactful for as many singers as possible across our province.”

Please join us in welcoming Heather!

Seton Conservatory – Singers Wanted

Seton Conservatory Choir is looking for singers, particularly within the tenor and bass sections. This accomplished choral ensemble, under the direction of Garth MacPhee, is very friendly, welcoming and is currently preparing for its spring concert to be held the afternoon of May 26. The repertoire includes “In Windsor Forest” by Vaughan Williams, “Nocturnes” by Lauridsen, as well as some Bob Chilcott arrangements for choir and guitar. Rehearsals take place 7:00 Wednesday evenings at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. Interested applicants should possess musicality and vocal ability as well as an appropriate level of sight reading skill. Fees are $160 per term. For further information please contact Garth MacPhee at macpheegl@hotmail.com

Sing Summer Registration Is Open!

Registration for Sing Summer 2024 is still open. Join us for an amazing 2 weeks of singing and friendship at Berwick United Church Camp.

Guest Conductors:

Junior Choir Camp for ages 8.5-12 (August 11-17, 2024) – Guest Conductor: Carmen So

Youth Choir Camp for ages 13-18 (August 11-17, 2024) – Guest Conductor: Scott Leithead

Adult Choir Camp for ages 18 and up! (August 19-24, 2024) Guest Conductor: Brainerd Blyden-Taylor

For more information and to register visit: https://nscf.ca/sing-summer-choir-camps/

One More Week to Register for NSYC!

Nova Scotia Youth Choir – REGISTRATION DUE APRIL 15th!

This wonderful program (like the NS Youth orchestra/wind ensemble) brings together choristers from all over the province ages 16-25. It provides challenge, inspiration, and friendship. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring your ensemble singing to the next level, in a really joyful way.  

Here are some great things about NSYC: 

 No formal audition – instead, a letter of reference and voice placement. 

– It’s only 3 weekends – June, August (at Berwick Camp!) and September 

– Work with 3 amazing conductorsincluding a guest conductor (this year it is Jamie Hillman from U of Toronto!) 

– one-on-one vocal coaching and specialized workshops 

– You get to learn great repertoire that will challenge you to the next step in your choral music journey, and build your choral community. 

INFO & REGISTER:  https://nscf.ca/nova-scotia-youth-choir-2024/

Want More?:

Check out this NSCF YouTube channel for a wonderful 30th Anniversary celebration video that was done during Covid, a video from the “Nutuwiek” Project, as well as performances from past years. (lots of AVHC Alumni to be found in these!)

If you have any questions email NSCF Program Coordinator Anne MacDonald (anne@nscf.ca)

Audition for Pathways – Eastern Horizon

Choirs for Change’s chamber choir Eastern Horizon is holding auditions for an upcoming project, Pathways. Under the direction of co-conductors Amelia McMahon & Thomas Burton, Eastern Horizon is a high-level chamber choir that performs music by Canadian composers and composers that are often underrepresented in the choral canon. Pathways explores themes of joy, justice, liberation, and the journeys we undertake to reach those states of being. 

We are currently auditioning soprano, alto and tenor voices for our upcoming project. Here are the details:

Rehearsals:  June 24, 25, 26 and July 2, 3 from 6:30-9:30pm in Halifax/Kjipuktuk

Evening concerts: 

July 5 in Lunenburg/E’se’katik 

July 6 in Halifax/Kjipuktuk

July 7 in Wolfville

Recording (pending funding): 

July 6 full day

Singers must demonstrate a strong musicality. They must be able to sing challenging melodies, harmonies and rhythms and work well with others in a professional setting. Following a successful audition, each singer will be given access to the digital scores along with part assignments which they will be expected to learn prior to the first rehearsal. Printed music can be made available upon request. For this upcoming project, singers will receive an honorarium of $400 upon completion of the project. 

The program includes works by Tracy Wong, Andrew Balfour, George Chung, Stuart Beatch, Aaron Manswell, Christopher Ducasse, and Sydney Guillaume. We will workshop several of the pieces with the composers ahead of time and share some videos from previous workshops.

To audition, singers are asked to prepare a song of your choosing, vocalises that demonstrate your vocal range, and an excerpt of a choral score provided in the form below. Here is the link to the submission form: 

https://forms.gle/uTvSZgF19tHfrYSp8

Deadline: 

Friday, April 19, 2024

If you have any questions about Eastern Horizon or the audition process, please reach out to us at choirsforchange@gmail.com

Artistic Director, Open Voices Community Choir (Kingston, ON)

The Open Voices Community Choir, in Kingston Ontario, seeks an Artistic Director for its 90+ person, non-auditioned mixed-voice choir.

If you are interested in the position, or know of someone who may be, please share the job description and for other important information visit the choir’s website at

https://www.openvoices.ca/ovadrecruitment/
Interested candidates, please email a cover letter and a copy of your resume to

ovadsuccession@gmail.com
Applications will be received up to May 1, 2024 and the Artistic Director position starts on July 1, 2025.

Talent Trust Scholarship applications are open.

Scholarship applications for Fall/Winter 2024/25 studies are now OPEN for submissions!

The deadline is 5pm, May 1, 2024.

It is recommended that you read through all information below and use the “Next” buttons to access the application portal.  If you have already done so and would like to go straight to the application form, click below. 

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We provide scholarships to emerging artists studying music, film, dance, theatre, design, circus arts, performing arts, literary arts, and visual arts.  We cover post-secondary studies, private studies, mentorships, or any other method of artistic skill development. 

Not sure if your discipline or skill development opportunity is eligible?  Get in touch!  We strive to provide opportunities for ALL emerging Nova Scotian artists.  Contact Andrea at director@nstalenttrust.ns.ca or 902-492-6801.