Join the Cape Breton Chorale!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our 45th season of singing will begin Thursday September 14, 2017 and continue until late April of 2018 under the direction of our newly appointed director, Ryan Billington.

We welcome auditions from singers who find that they fit most of the following criteria:
•Singers with either little, some, or advanced training are welcome to audition.
•Experience singing in choral settings or ensemble settings in productions.
•Understanding of some basics of vocal technique or demonstrated vocal confidence in your audition performance.
•Openness to learning different styles of music in an ensemble setting.

Assets to the Chorale include:
•Commitment to rehearsals and performances.
•Willingness to study and learn concert music outside of rehearsal – independently or with rehearsal aids.
•Openness to learning new skills and expanding upon existing skills (vocal, aural, rhythm, reading, movement).

For the audition:
•Please prepare one or two selections showcasing your best performance.
•Be ready to experiment with your voice for a few minutes – this may involve some simple patterns across your range.
•We will work with you in reading a passage of music, and we will also test your aural skills.
•An accompanist can be provided. You may bring your own accompanist if you wish.

Auditions will be held throughout the summer months. Please contact us to arrange an audition!

Email – info@capebretonchorale.com Phone – 902 968 9041 or 902 567 6437

NSCF SING SUMMER EVENTS FOR EVERYONE!

NSCF SING SUMMER EVENTS FOR EVERYONE!
Can’t attend a Sing Summer Camp? Join us for a concert!

Check out what else is happening this August at Sing Summer!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15th
NSCF AGM Dinner and -6:00 with AGM 6:30
Chef Paul will cook up a splendid supper! Come for dinner/AGM and stay for the concert
Please RSVP for Dinner to programs@nscf.ns.ca
ADDISON WOMEN’S CHOIR CONCERT 7:30
Berwick United Church Campgrounds – Free will offering

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16th
Thomas Burton and Edward Enman -Trombone and Piano performance 7:30
Berwick United Church, 240 Commercial Street – Free will offering

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17nd
Why Choral Music Matters – 7:30 pm – John William Trotter, guest conductor
Berwick United Church Campgrounds – Free will offering

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th
Adult Choir Camp Concert – 1:30 pm – John William Trotter, guest conductor
Berwick United Church Campgrounds – Free will offering

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23th
CHOIR CAMP OPEN DAY & Workshop for Music Educators with Sara Morrison and Linda Song
9-2:30 lunch included – Berwick United Church Campgrounds – $15 includes lunch

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26th
JCC and YCC Concerts
Berwick United Church Campgrounds – Free will offering
Junior Choir Camp Concert – 1:00pm – Sarah Morrison, guest conductor
Youth Choir Camp Concert – 2:30pm – Robert Filion, guest conductor

 

Membership Renewal Time

All NSCF memberships expire August 31, 2017.  Please renew your membership as soon as possible to avoid delays in borrowing from the library or accessing other member services.  Individuals attending Adult Choir Camp have already renewed their membership for the 2017-18 season as registration includes an individual membership in NSCF. Please renew your membership here.

Benefits of Membership (Adult and Student)

  • Affiliate Membership in Choral Canada and all associated privileges http://www.choralcanada.org/membership/
  • Full Access to Music International http://www.musicanet.org/en/home
  • Access to borrow multiple copies of up to 6 selections at a time from our NSCF Lending library.
  • Access and borrowing privileges to allother provincial choral organization libraries across Canada.
  • Discount rate for choristers attending Junior and Youth Choir Camp
  • Recommend singers for Children’s Chorus of Nova Scotia
  • Opportunity to promote your events and share news through our Member Events Calendar and Member Blog on our Website
  • Receive and have notices included in Enotes, our monthly email bulletin of current events and opportunities
  • Share events on Facebook
  • Assistance designing posters/tickets
  • Discounted full colour or black and white photocopying at the NSCF office
  • A resource for all your choral needs – reading sessions, workshops, expert advice, clinicians, grant information; publicity information with media lists; we welcome special requests
  • Assistance in planning a workshop on a variety of subjects for choirs and directors
  • A sense of belonging within the cultural community; access to a provincial and national network of choral musicians and opportunities for liaison with granting and government agencies
  • A statement of support and a chance to contribute to your art form and its role in the communities of Nova Scotia
  • Participate in guiding the organization; volunteer opportunities; voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting

 

Benefits of Individual Membership (Adult)

  • Access to borrow single copies from our NSCF Lending library.
  • Participation in Adult Choir Camp
  • Adult Bursary for Sing Summer and Professional Development Funding
  • Discounts for some NSCF programs, festivals and workshops etc.
  • Discounted full colour or black and white photocopying at the NSCF office
  • Opportunity to promote your events and share news through our Member Events Calendar and Member Blog on our Website
  • Receive and have notices included in Enotes, our monthly email bulletin of current events and opportunities
  • Share events on Facebook
  • A sense of belonging within the cultural community; access to a provincial and national network of choral musicians and opportunities for liaison with granting and government agencies
  • A statement of support and a chance to contribute to your art form and its role in the communities of Nova Scotia
  • Participate in guiding the organization; volunteer opportunities on committees and board; voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting

 

Benefits of Student Membership

  • Access to borrow single copies from our NSCF Lending library.
  • Participation in Children’s Chorus of Nova Scotia
  • Discounts for some NSCF programs, festivals and workshops etc.
  • Discounted full colour or black and white photocopying at the NSCF office
  • Opportunity to promote your events and share news through our Member Events Calendar and Member Blog on our Website
  • Receive and have notices included in Enotes, our monthly email bulletin of current events and opportunities
  • Share events on Facebook
  • A sense of belonging within the cultural community; access to a provincial and national network of choral musicians and opportunities for liaison with granting and government agencies
  • A statement of support and a chance to contribute to your art form and its role in the communities of Nova Scotia
  • Participate in guiding the organization; volunteer opportunities and attend our Annual General Meeting

Choir Camp Open Day and Teacher Workshop!

Wednesday, August 23rd – 9:00 – 2:30

Berwick United Church Camp

Attention teachers, conductors, singing leaders of all kinds! Come to choir camp for a fabulous day of professional development that will get you in the mood to start a brand new choir year. Soak up the last bit of summer under the hemlocks at Berwick Camp, while absorbing great ideas from fabulous teachers! For those who aren’t familiar with our camp, it’s a chance to see what it’s all about and why we love it so much!

At Open Day you can:

– Observe rehearsals with Robert Filion (Ottawa – YCC) and Sarah Morrison (Oakville – JCC). Read their bios here

– Observe sectional rehearsals by Artistic support staff (Jenny Trites, Jack Bennet, Thomas Burton, Amelia McMahon, Rachael Delano)

– Observe group activities with Dr. Christianne Rushton (YCC Vocal Health & Musicianship), Josh Noiles (JCC/YCC Drama), Linda Song (JCC Kodaly Music and Movement), and Sherise Jones (YCC – Yoga for Singers)

**Attend a special 60 minute Workshop for Teachers and Conductors with Linda Song – guest teacher and Kodaly specialist with us from Toronto. Linda teaches Elementary and Middle School music at Claude Watson School of the Arts and is a conductor in the training choirs program with the Toronto Children’s Chorus.

Click here for more information and to register!

ScotianAires and Tonic! repeat champions in Atlantic competition

ScotianAires and quartet Tonic! both successfully defended their 2016 championship placing at Harmony Inc.’s 2017 Area 1 (Atlantic) Convention and Contests for women’s barbershop singing , held in Sackville, NB on June 1-3.

The ScotianAires received the highest score of the six competing choruses in the chorus contest with their ballad “What’ll I Do?” and a lively medley of “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”. Following very closely in second place were the Sea Belles of Saint John, NB whose energetic and entertaining presentation of “Joint is Jumpin’” earned the best performance score of the evening. The five top placing choruses also qualified to compete in Harmony Inc.’s International Competition to be held this year in Halifax in early November, 2017.

Tonic!, which is made up of four ScotianAire members – Marion Fraser-Pritchard, Cathy Hunter, Adele Merritt and Mary Gareau – competed with seven other quartets and turned out to be a triple threat! Tonic! took home the first-place Wona Wright Memorial Award, the Karen Gordon Memorial Award, which went to the quartet with the highest performance score, and the Kathryn Ryan Memorial Trophy for the most improved quartet.

Tonic! will be joined by two other new quartets, Gotta Sing!!! from the Elm City Echoes and enJOY! from the ScotianAires and the Valley Voices as qualifiers from the Atlantic Region at the international competition.

ScotianAires director Sue Kember was excited and honoured to retain the championship and was also pleased that the chorus improved on last year’s score. “With all of Area 1 working harder to improve, I am thrilled with how the ScotianAires performed under the pressure of the contest stage” Kember related. “The coaching and hard work certainly paid off, but it is also the heart of every member wanting to sing her very best and perform the best she can. It is extremely gratifying.”

Participants commented very favourably on the overall experience. “What a weekend!” exclaimed one of ScotianAires newest members Tanya Reid. “I’ve made so many memories, learned so much, made stronger bonds, and laughed and cheered so hard. I love this craft!”

Director Kember also hopes the success of Tonic!, enJOY! and the ScotianAires will help to raise the profile of women’s a cappella singing in the Halifax region. “We’re always looking to expand our membership, so if you’re a woman who loves to sing, we want to hear from you.”

Elmer Iseler Singers and Special Guest Dr. Roberta Bondar – July 19th, 7:30

Elmer Iseler Singers and Special Guest Dr. Roberta Bondar

July 19, 7:30 PM

St. John’s Anglican Church Lunenburg

Musique Royale is pleased to present The Elmer Iseler Singers, a professional chamber choir based in Toronto. The twenty-voice choir, conducted by Artistic Director Lydia Adams, was founded by Dr. Elmer Iseler in 1979 and is one of Canada’s leading choral ensembles. The choir has built an international reputation through its concerts, broadcasts and more than fifty recordings. The Elmer Iseler Singers’ repertoire spans five hundred years of choral music. The choir regularly commissions and performs new works, and appears at national and international festivals.

“When I was eight years old to be a spaceman was the most exciting thing I could imagine.” –– Roberta Bondar

In 2017 Dr. Roberta Bondar marks 25 years since she became Canada’s first woman in space. Building on her long-standing relationship and connection with the achievements of Alexander and Mabel Bell, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and the Elmer Iseler Singers led by accomplished Nova Scotia native Lydia Adams, Dr Bondar will help Nova Scotia celebrate its significant achievements in the areas of history, arts, science and technology– and how the coupling of art and science that began with Alexander and Mabel Bell continues today and into the future.

High Flight: Songs of the Stars is a multi-media choral performance of sonic splendour combined with captivating photographs and images of space, highlighting music of the spheres by Canadian composers Eleanor Daley, Imant Raminsh, Jason Jestadt, Ruth Watson Henderson, R. Murray Schafer, and Harry Somers, as well as the performance of a work by Lydia Adams, with text by Dr. Roberta Bondar describing her experience of leaving Earth and coming back once again to its sublime beauty. Dr. Bondar will speak at the event about the search in the stars for new possibilities for life on other planets.

$30 for general and $10 for students. Tickets are available at Shop on the Corner in Lunenburg. Reservations: 902 634-9994 or by email: musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com

Additional Events

A second performance with Dr. Bondar and the Elmer Iseler Singers, celebrating the life and legacy of Mabel Bell, takes place at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck on Friday, July 21 at 7:30 pm.

The Roberta Bondar Travelling Photo Exhibition Light in the Land – The Nature of Canada

(a)     Opening Reception in Baddeck, NS          Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site on Thursday July 20

(b)     Opening Reception in Lunenburg, NS          Lunenburg School of the Arts in Lunenburg on Friday August 18

These activities mark a first-time collaboration of Nova Scotia and national partners – the Alexander Graham Bell Foundation in collaboration with The Roberta Bondar Foundation, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site – Parks Canada, the Elmer Iseler Singers, Lunenburg School of the Arts, Musique Royale and Cape Breton University. Supported By The Province of Nova Scotia – Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage’s 150 Forward Fund. The 150 Forward Fund supports opportunities for Nova Scotians to create, promote and participate in local and regional events that build a sense of pride in Nova Scotia during the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation. Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Exploring the Experience of Community Choir Singing Among Youth

We are exploring the experience of community choir singing among youth (defined as between 16-29 years of age) who have faced various challenges in their lives, including mental health struggles, addictions, homelessness, exclusion, and discrimination. It’s the beginning of a program of research to gather the evidence regarding the degree to which community choir singing might be a protective factor in youth resilience and wellness.

 

Marion Brown, PhD, Associate Professor
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
School of Social Work, Dalhousie University
3201-1459 LeMarchant Street
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

 Marion.Brown@dal.ca

 

Aeolian Singers – Audition Now

Heather Fraser, New Artistic Director

The 2017-18 choral season, which begins at the end of August under the leadership of new Artistic Director, Heather Fraser.

Heather has an exciting season planned for the Aeolians, and you can learn more about the choir at www.aeoliansingers.ca (go to How to join the choir). Auditions will take place in June in Wolfville, Halifax and Dartmouth as follows:
• Saturday, June 10 at Acadia University, Denton Hall from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
• Monday, June 12 at Grace United Church in downtown Dartmouth from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
• Monday, June 19 at the NS Choral Federation office, Marginal Road, Halifax from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
• Saturday, June 24 at the NS Choral Federation office, Marginal Road, Halifax, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. if required.

For more information, or to schedule an audition, please contact the choir’s Assistant Conductor, Joanne Slack, at mjslack@eastlink.ca