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. 

Join the NSCF Board of Directors

Call for Nominations to the NSCF Board of Directors

The Nova Scotia Choral Federation (NSCF) is welcoming nominations for candidates to join the volunteer Board of Directors. This is an exciting opportunity for dedicated and visionary individuals to work with new Executive Director Heather Fraser and the Board to contribute to the strategic direction and governance of the organization and positively impact the choral community in Nova Scotia.

The Board provides oversight on the organization’s activities and Directors share a duty of care, loyalty and dedication to the organization. Board members attend regular meetings (4-6 meetings a year), advise NSCF staff on key activities, and serve on committees and working groups as needed to ensure the organization is performing its mission and achieving its goals.

Board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting in August and shall serve for a term of two (2) years, with a potential to serve up to three terms consecutively.

We invite all members, stakeholders, and community partners to nominate qualified candidates who demonstrate a commitment to our mission, values, and goals. Nominees should have experience in leadership roles, possess strong decision-making capabilities, and be able to contribute to the diverse perspectives and expertise of the Board. The Nominating Committee welcomes applications from all backgrounds and experiences. We are looking for people with interest and/or experience in:

  • Law
  • Business/Accounting
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Fundraising and Business Development
  • Non-for-profit management, program evaluation and strategic planning
  • Volunteer Engagement
  • Diversity & Inclusion and Human Resources1

To nominate a candidate (another individual or yourself), please complete the online nomination form 

The deadline for submissions is July 12, 2024.

Selection Process: The Nominating Committee will review all submissions and select a slate of candidates based on the eligibility criteria and the strategic needs of the Board. Selected candidates will be contacted before the final decision is made.

For any questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Spencer Gough, Chair, Nominating Committee, NSCF, at spencer.j.gough@gmail.com.

Thank you for your participation and support.

Sincerely, 
Spencer Gough
Chair, Nominations Committee
NSCF Board of Directors

NSYC Begins!!

This weekend, June 7-9, 2024, is the first Nova Scotia Youth Choir Rehearsal weekend since 2019. Voices from the ages of 16-25 are joining together working on incredible repertoire selected by Guest Conductor, Jamie Hillman. Under the direction of Amelia McMahon and Andrew Cranston, our Resident Conductors, and Adam Johnson, Accompanist, these 37 singers will meet in June and August, with a final weekend in September with our Guest Conductor. Mark your calendars for September 22 where this wonderful group of singers will perform in two concerts (one in the Annapolis Valley and one in Halifax). Stay tuned for details!!

Soundtrax Auditions

SOUNDTRAX – A DYNAMIC CHORAL EXPERIENCE FOR SENIOR HIGH STUDENTS

Soundtrax is an auditioned SATB youth choir featuring students from across the HRA as part of the Halifax Regional Arts program. We are passionate singers who love exploring dynamic repertoire. If you are interested in joining this choir, please book an audition by scanning the QR code or visit https://hra.hrce.ca/ Auditions will be happening on Thursday, June 6th and 13th from 4:30-6:30 in Room 222 at Citadel High School. Please contact ffarrell@gnspes.ca for further information.

Halifax Jazz Voices Auditions

CALLING ALL VOCAL JAZZERS – SENIOR HIGH STUDENTS

Jazz Voices is an auditioned jazz/pop choir geared for folks who are keen to take their choral skills to the next level. We meet on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 at Citadel High School. Auditions for this group are happening on Thursday, June 6th and 13th from 4:30-6:30 in Room 222 at Citadel High School. To book an audition, please scan the QR code or visit https://hra.hrce.ca/ Please contact ffarrell@gnspes.ca for further information.

Halifax Youth Honour Choir Auditions

CALLING ALL JUNIOR HIGH UPPER VOICES

The Halifax Youth Honour Choir is looking for new members. This group of dedicated choristers meets on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:15 at Central Junior High. Auditions are happening on June 4th and June 11th from 4:30-6:30 at Oxford School. To book an appointment, please scan the QR code or visit https://hra.hrce.ca/ Please contact ffarrell@gnspes.ca for further information.

Celebration for Tim Cross.

At the end of May, life will change at the Nova Scotia Choral Federation. Tim Cross is retiring.

Tim has been with the Choral Federation for 34 years, 26 of which he has served as our Executive Director. With dedication, knowledge, compassion, and a deep belief in the power of choral music and of community, Tim has guided our organization and its volunteer boards and committees through the ups and downs every arts organization knows well. He has seen us safely through challenges ranging from budget cuts and moves to hurricanes and COVID.

Throughout his tenure Tim has also been a wise and experienced presence in the wider arts and culture field, both at home and as a strong advocate for Nova Scotia in organizations across Canada. We are going to miss him deeply, but we know his retirement is well-timed and well- earned. 

We are inviting choral friends and colleagues to join us at the Choral Federation office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7 on June 21 at 6:30 to celebrate Tim’s career and wish him well.  To help us plan, please RSVP to Jackie – jrchambers@me.com

If you cannot attend in person, we hope you will choose to be here in spirit. We’re collecting greetings and reminiscences to be shared during the event. Please email to jrchambers@me.com or regular mail to the office address above.

We hope you can join us.

The board of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation