Choral Recording of the Year ECMA Nominees!

The East Coast Music Association announced its 2024 nominees on January 23rd. Three NSCF members and  Nova Scotian choirs were nominated in the “Choral recording of the year” category: the Halifax Gay Men’s Chorus, Nova Voice, and Polaris. All three choirs were nominated for recordings of their performances at “Let’s Have Some Music” back in April. The purpose of this concert was to share some of the wonderful arrangements that were created as part of the Robbie Songs Project ( Congratulations to all five choirs from around the Maritimes that were nominated in this category! 

NSCF Memories Still Needed!

Wanted – your memories!

Just a quick reminder that we’re compiling some historical information about the Federation and want this living document to capture the energy and warm, vibrant soul of the organization. So, we’re asking for your memories.

They can be about people, places, events, programs, or a piece of music you associate with any of these. They can be hilarious, tender, profound, embarrassing (just don’t embarrass other people without their blessing, please!). We want them all. There’s no maximum word length but short and sweet is always good. A big thank-you to those who have already sent items.

Email to  Or if a handwritten note by snail mail works best for you, that’s fine too. The office will collect and make sure they get to the right place.  If you could have these in by the end of this month, even better! 

Capella Regalis Boys Choir – Singers Wanted

Interested in signing your son up for just one hour of FREE music training each week? Learn more at

Capella Regalis is welcoming new boys ages 6+ to join our Boys Probationer’s Program (training choir) which allows new boys to try the choir and learn music basics in a low-pressure, fun environment. This group meets Fridays 4 – 5 pm at Saint Andrew’s United Church, Halifax. 

You can learn more or sign up by attending a half-hour Probationers Program Information Session, or you can request a brief and friendly individual audition, at

Nova Scotia Youth Choir 2024 (NSYC)

We are thrilled to announce the return of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir in 2024.

Guest Conductor: Jamie Hillman

The NSYC program will return in 2024 with rehearsal weekends in June and August, 2024 with the final rehearsal and concert weekend in September, 2024. This is a choir for singers from all over Nova Scotia between the ages of 16-25. Watch for more information and updates in January 2024. Stay tuned!

NSCF Holiday Office Closure

The NS Choral Federation office will be closed for the holidays from December 20, 2023 to January 2 , 2024 inclusive. Thank you for all of your support in 2023 and we look forward to working with you all again in 2024. Have a wonderful Holiday Season with your families.

Audition Preparation Day, Mt. Allison University

Dear Music Teachers,

We are excited to share information regarding our upcoming Audition Preparation Day, taking place in-person at Mount Allison University,Saturday, January 27, 2024.  The Audition Preparation Day is designed for any high school student who is interested in making music a part of their university studies, and will be of particular interest for Grade 11 and 12 students who are considering auditioning for a Bachelor of Music degree.

Students will learn about Mount Allison’s Music program, receive a private lesson, and participate in sessions about the audition process, career opportunities, and music theory.    

The fee for this event is $45 (no HST applied) and includes lunch on campus and access to all instructional opportunities. Participants and their families are also welcome to arrive on campus on Friday, January 26, to attend the Faculty Recital that evening – “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” with pianists David Rogosin and Stephen Runge – at no additional cost.

Visit our Music Department website to learn more about this event, Audition Preparation Day,or visit our Eventbrite Registration Page.

Please be in touch with our administrative assistant Margaret Craig, or 506-364-2374, or me,, with any questions.

Podium 2024: Connections Series

PODIUM 2024: Connections Series
The CONNECTIONS SERIES is back! These sessions aim to provide a space for learning about the many forms of community-based group singing in the Montreal area through sharing together, rather than performing. We particularly welcome applications from groups that see their work as community-engaged, social impact-driven, and/or that represent a specific cultural or social community through either their music or their group membership. 

The deadline to apply is December 8, 2023. If you have any questions about the Connections Series, group eligibility, the application process, or if applying online is a barrier and you require alternate arrangements such as written or oral applications, please contact Ryan Doyle Valdés, PODIUM 2024 Project Manager, at
Looking to participate at PODIUM 2024 but can’t attend in-person? Check out our DIGITAL HORIZONS SERIES and submit your videos for our public playlist!