Composing During COVID Shutdown 

During the COVID 19 pandemic, retired music teacher and longtime NSCF member, Terry Hurrell, has found the time to be at his desk, to dig into his filing cabinets, and to register some of his music compositions and arrangements with SOCAN – 13 to date – including The Angel Song – composed in 1956 (!) and many composed later.  Terry has also explored publication, mainly through Cypress Choral Music..  Larry Nickel of Cypress Choral Music . This year, four of Terry’s works have been published.

There are many Nova Scotians who have choral music published with Cypress Choral Music.  To see what’s available, go to  https://cypresschoral.com , click on composer and you will be able to see what’s there under each composer, listed alphabetically.  These Nova Scotia composers include; Clary Croft, Gary Ewer, Fran Farrell, Terry Hurrell, Mary Knickle, Allister MacGillivray, Scott Macmillan, Barry Peters, Donna Rhodenizer, Stan Rogers, Doug Russell, Robbie Smith, Peter Togni, and Jennifer Trites.

If you’re tired of the same Christmas descants and discover that you cannot legally record them, then check out new ones by Terry Hurrell by including “Once in Royal David’s City; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Terry is able to supply them and give permission for them to be used.

Some Nova Scotia composers and arrangers have done arrangements for the Robbie Song Project, which has commissioned over 30 choral arrangements of the music of the late Robbie Smith accessible to choirs.  This was Robbie’s dying wish. The project is managed by the Nova Scotia Choral Federation and Kathleen Glauser, namingthetwins@gmail.com , Robbie’s singing partner. All arrangements are available through the NSCF Library, so that now they are accessible to member choirs of NSCF.  Many of the arrangements are also available through Cypress Choral Music https://cypresschoral.com/composers/robbie-smith/ .

So, for some composers in Nova Scotia and, no doubt, other places too, the COVID 19 pandemic has been a time of productive and creative work in music composition and arranging.

Terry Hurrell   tshurrell@hfx.eastlink.ca   902-457-0920

Podium 2022 – COVID Statement

As the COVID-19 situation in Canada and around the world continues to evolve, the PODIUM 2022 Committee and the organizing partners reserve the right to modify, postpone or cancel the conference and / or festival at Anytime.

PODIUM 2022 commits to following public health guidelines and protocols. COVID-19 protocols for delegates could include wearing masks, social distancing, regular self-diagnosis and other precautionary measures as needed. delegates may also be required to provide proof of vaccination and / or a recent and negative COVID-19 test result before attending the in person conference and / or festival concerts. Expected guidelines for a safe PODIUM will be communicated via https://www.podium2022.ca once they are established.

Registrations will be open in January 2022 and we strongly recommend potential participants to wait for this moment before planning their trip.

Library Returns

Choirs are once again requesting to borrow music.  Many of our member choirs still have outstanding music that is now being requested.  All outstanding music can now be returned to NSCF in person or by mail.  As many choirs were not able to meet until recently NSCF will not charge late fees for outstanding music music loans.   Please return all outstanding music ASAP.

Have You Renewed NSCF Your Membership?

All NSCF memberships expired August 31, 2021.  If you haven’t yet renewed your choir or individual membership you can do so here.

Benefits of Group Membership

  • Affiliate Membership in Choral Canada and all associated privileges http://www.choralcanada.org/membership/
  • Access to borrow multiple copies of up to 6 selections at a time from our NSCF Lending library.
  • Access and borrowing privileges to all other 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, and discounted printing and photocopying costs 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

  • 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.
  • 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

EnChor East – Choral Singers Needed!

EnChor East (formerly Bedford Singers) is an SATB community choir with a very long choral history.  We are looking to recruit experienced singers in all sections!  Tenors and basses are particularly welcome!  You will find this choir to be very friendly and enthusiastic, the perfect combination to sing away the CoVid blues!  We rehearse every Tuesday evening, 7:30 pm at Bedford Baptist Church, 158 Rocky Lake Drive.   We look forward to seeing you!

EXCITING CHORAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL SINGERS!!!

Soundtrax
Soundtrax is an auditioned choir featuring sopranos/altos from grades 10-12 and tenors/basses from grades 9-12. We meet once a week on Thursdays at Citadel High School from approximately 4:30-6:30 to explore a wide array of music, focusing on three key components: excellence, community, and joy. If you love to sing, love connecting with others, and love having fun, this choir is for you! To find out more about this ensemble or to schedule a placement interview, please contact Frances Farrell at ffarrell@gnspes.ca
Jazz Voices
Jazz Voices is an auditioned chamber choir that meets once a week from approximately 4:30-6:30 at Oxford School on Tuesdays. Singers in this soprano/alto/tenor/bass (SATB) group focus on jazz and pop music, microphone techniques, and improvisation and will often have had significant choral experience at the SATB level. Teamwork, a strong commitment to excellence, taking risks, and a genuine love of singing are fundamental aspects of choristers in this group. To learn more about this ensemble or to schedule an audition, please contact Frances Farrell: ffarrell@gnspes.ca
MORE CHORAL OPPORTUNITIES: THERE IS A CHOIR FOR EVERYONE!
The Halifax Regional Arts program offers 20 choral ensembles for students across the HRM from grades 3 to 12. For more information, please consult these websites.
Please note that due to current COVID restrictions, some choirs are not able to meet in person at the moment.

Experienced Choral Singers Needed – Seton Conservatory Choir

Seton Conservatory Choir, under the direction of Garth MacPhee, is eager to welcome new singers to its musical family! This is an adult SATB choir with a long and distinguished history that performs a wide range of music.  Past repertoire includes Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes, Eine Deutsches Requiem;   Vaughan Williams, Dona nobis pacem; selected works by Eric Whitacre, Hebrew Love Songs; Lauridsen, MidWinter Songs; Britten, Five Flower Songs.

This year’s repertoire will include works by Britten (Choral Dances from Gloriana), and selected works by Bob Chilcott (Pachelbel:Canon), Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen to name but a few.

Rehearsals take place every Wednesday evening, 7:15, at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, 6199 Chebucto Road, Halifax.

Previous choral experience, good vocal technique and sight-singing skills are desirable. Interested applicants are asked to please contact:

admin@maritimeconservatory.com