Urgent! National Choral Survey Reminder- January 31 is Fast Approaching

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URGENT REQUEST!!! FINAL WEEK FOR THE CHORAL CENSUS! Would AMAZING if everyone here who has a choir of any kind at all (school/choir/community) could take a few minutes to answer this survey! Choral Canada is really trying to get a picture of choir activity across the country, and this is our ONLY shot at it! The more data the better and the more of you that fill this out, the better represented NS will be! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!! fill out the Survey by January 31.  We are especially looking for all school based choirs.  Thank you!!! http://www.choirsurvey.ca/

Special Edition 2017 National Youth Choir Auditions

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Choral Canada has partnered with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and your provincial Choral Federation to present a special edition of the National Youth Choir of Canada in July 2017.

We are currently accepting applications for participants for the 2017 National Youth Choir. 

NSCF will support a quartet of singers to attend the 2017 Special Edition of the National Youth Choir. We have a new process this year and all auditions shall be done electronically.   Deadline to apply is February 10!  For application process and more information visit Here

2017  Conductor- Timothy Shantz

2016 Fall Edition of Anacrusis





Dear / Bonjoiur NS Choral Federation,

The 2016 Fall edition of Anacrusis, Choral Canada’s journal exclusively for members, is ready for you. Happy reading!
L’édition automne 2016 de la revue de Canada Choral, Anacrusis, est prête pour vous, nos membres ! Nous vous souhaitons une bonne lecture.
Sincerely / Cordialement,
Meghan Hila
General Manager / Directrice générale
Choral Canada / Canada Choral
ww.choralcanada.org (English)
www.choralcanada.org/fr/ (Français)

Divine Providence: ScotianAires Make Their Mark at International Competition

Competing against 23 other choruses from across North America, the ScotianAires placed 12th, winning the Montreal City Voices Tait Trophy for the chorus which had improved the most over the previous year. The result was a testament to the dedication, commitment and hard work of all the chorus members, as well as Director Sue Kember, Assistant Directors Adele Merritt and Cathy Hunter and coaches Debra Lynn, Ray Johnson and Theresa Weatherbee. It was also a good year for the ScotianAires’ quartet, Tonic!, who placed 11th in a tough field of 36 quartets and earned the opportunity to perform as microphone testers in the quartet finals. Now that IC&C 2016 is over, the ScotianAires can begin preparing for next year’s event; but travel won’t be part of the equation. IC&C 2017 will take place right here in Halifax, allowing barbershop singers from far and wide to experience the hospitality for which Nova Scotians are famous.


Teleconference with Canada Council – New Arts Funding Model

15036473_1431829796834665_8362501559464751117_nHave questions about the new Canada Council for the Arts funding model and how to prepare your choir or yourself as a choral artist or manager? Choral Canada – Canada Choral is providing its members with the opportunity to connect directly by teleconference with Council on Nov. 18th, 2pm ET. You need to REGISTER by Nov.16th, 5pm ET. Click here for more details:

The National Choral Census Needs You

IT IS FINALLY TIME! The National Choral Census is kicking off! We are SO excited to have this momentous and important project beginning next month! We have uchoirs-make-censussed the feedback from our choral community across the country to design a census that will give us information they asked for, and to create a true pi
cture of what choral music making looks like in Canada.
Now, the important bit – WE NEED VOLUNTEERS ASAP!

One part of the census is a short phone/email survey designed by our research company Hill Strategies Research Inc. and the Choral Canada Advocacy Committee and we need volunteers to make these calls. We are looking for 4-6 volunteers from each province and territory to call a list of randomly selected numbers in your region of the country, and ask a few simple questions about singing and involvement in choir to the person on the other end. These calls need to take place during a three-week window of November 8-30. You can divide up your time however you would like. Some of the calls will need to be made during the day when schools/businesses are open. Hill Strategies are approximating 6 hours per volunteer.

The first week of November volunteers will be contacted with all the detailed information they will need to know – a training document, a phone/email script, an excel spreadsheet for recording results and a list of people/organizations to contact. This can all be done in their own time, on their own phone, from the comfort of their own home. They just need a phone, and a computer/internet to do the data recording/sending of the information.

If you are interested, please contact me, Heather Fraser at hrfraser@gmail.com IMMEDIATELY or by October 27th. If you can’t help out yourself, please help us out by forwarding this message to your choirs, friends, other singers, … anyone you think might be willing to help us out! Time is of the essence!

You will be doing a great service to your choral community, at home and across the country! Many heartfelt thanks and we hope to hear from you soon!

Heather Fraser
Artistic Director, Annapolis Valley Honour Choirs
Program Director, Nova Scotia Choral Federation
Member of Advocacy Committee, Choral Canada

Coco Love Alcorn Sing-Along Show & Wonderland CD Release!

The You Gotta Sing! Chorus is excited to present Coco Love Alcorn in a special Sing-Along Show!
Fri., Oct 28, 8:00 p.m. – Bedford United Church, 1200 Bedford Hwy
You are invited to experience Coco Love LIVE during her WONDERLAND album release tour for this incredible evening of singing and connection. All voices are welcome ~ no singing experience necessary!
Concert Admission $20 cash at the door ($21.50 Paypal for those who register at You Gotta Sing! Chorus)
Doors open 7:30 p.m.
“Coco is the ultimate musical spark plug…an electrical connector through which the creative energy flows. In my 30 years of touring around the world, I have never seen another performer able to bring people together like Coco does.” – James Keelaghan-ArtistDirector, Summerfolk and renowned Canadian singer/songwriter


Laurence Cole: Songwriting and the Art of Listening Workshop

The You Gotta Sing! Chorus is pleased to present Laurence Cole in workshop!

Thurs. Oct 27, 6:30 – 9:30 pm – St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 3 Dakin Dr., Halifax
What is your song? What story do you wish to tell through song? As humans in this ever changing world, we all have songs within – songs of joy and praise, songs of pain and sorrow, songs of celebration, revelation, and renewal. In this workshop, Laurence Cole will guide the group in a process of deep listening, to explore and call forth our own song within. There will be time together as a full group, as well as time in smaller clusters to connect more deeply with each other and our voice. We will explore the practice of mirroring, as we listen and witness the stories of our fellow participants. Together, through a process of listening, we will welcome the unfolding of new songs to be born.

This workshop is open to everyone. No song-writing or singing experience is required.
$30 ($31.50 PayPal) Register You Gotta Sing! Chorus




Back again after a year off Nova Voce is performing at  Nocturne . You can find us at Alderney Gate Library, 60 Alderney Drive from 7-10 pm.  It’s interesting to sing for an audience that isn’t seated and can move about and in a venue that isn’t our typical sort  performance space.  There is an intimacy and  an informality about these performances that lend a very different feeling to both the singers and the audience. Of course it’s also nice to look out and see many familiar faces.
 Audiences will hear some of our favourite selections as well as some new repertoire we are enjoying.  Nocturne is a wonderful opportunity for us to expand our reach and we are excited to be performing on the Dartmouth waterfront this year.  Join us for a few songs between 7 and 10 pm.  It will be a great night for a ferry ride with lots to experience on both sides of the harbour!