A Soaring Experience…

In this interactive online session, we will explore one of the most common issues folks face when singing in a choir: finding freedom in the upper range. Designed for choristers and choral conductors alike, this introductory session offers fresh thinking about

o   co-operating with the body’s natural design

o   constructive conscious kindness

o   the value of curiosity

High Hopes for this Session…

o   This is an opportunity for you to develop your singing skills in a safe and playful environment.

o   This event is part of my ongoing teacher training with Total Vocal Freedom, a thriving singing community that celebrates singing in all its forms: https://www.totalvocalfreedom.com

o   All proceeds from this event ($10 is the suggested fee) will be donated to the Nova Scotia Choral Federation.

Please join me, Frances Farrell, on Monday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m. (AST) for an hour of vocal exploration. For more information and to reserve a spot, please contact me at highhopesforhighnotes@gmail.com

Choral Canada – May 2020 Updates and Upcoming Events

Dear friends of choral music in Canada,

We here at Choral Canada are hoping that you and yours are all safe and healthy.

Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees… Even though our collective voices have been temporarily silenced, choral singing, which has endured for over 800 years, will definitely survive – it is bigger than COVID-19 and its rate of spread is at least as powerful. We all know there are good reasons for this, from the social aspects, to musical fulfillment, to mental health benefits, choral singing holds advantages for all who participate.

We must take advantage of this time to prepare for what is to come. This virus is indeed powerful, but it has not compromised our individual vocal abilities, our intellectual capacities, our ingenuity, our musicianship or our resolve. It has just temporarily prevented us from exploiting and developing all of these abilities while in the same room. We are all somewhat powerless when it comes to the progression and outcome of COVID’s current global reign, but we absolutely hold the reins to our own individual destinies. We at Choral Canada encourage you, whether you are a conductor, a chorister, an accompanist, a composer, a student or an arts administrator, to work on you becoming the best version of yourself in whatever function you hold in choral singing, so that when we are finally able to gather again, we will be that much further ahead, rather than behind, and the whole will indeed be greater than the sum of all its improved parts.

Important Updates and Events

Post-secondary Choral Leaders Round-Table – Wednesday May 13

You are invited to join us for the University and College Choral Leaders Round-Table on Wednesday May 13 at 4:00 pm Atlantic Time. Join the conversation as we discuss ways ensemble leaders can deliver their services in light of various restriction scenarios, advocate to administration, and more.
Here is the Zoom link.  No RSVP is required.

National Choral Awards CBC Radio’s Choral Concert – Sunday May 17

Please tune into CBC Radio’s Choral Concert from 9 am to 10 am this Sunday, May 17th to hear the live announcement by Katherine Duncan of this year’s winners of Choral Canada’s National Choral Awards. Join us as we celebrate our nation’s champions together!

Podium Cocktail Reception – Sunday May 17

Choral Canada will be hosting an Online Cocktail Reception for its members later that day (Sunday, May 17th), just as we would all have been gathering for Podium’s closing banquet and awards ceremony. We will gather instead by Zoom from the comfort of your own homes (BYOB please!) at   8:00 pm Atlantic Time . It will be wonderful to see all of your faces (and those of your pets) and raise a glass together, sing a song together, hear others sing (a very special guest is planned) and hear messages from leaders from across the country. There will also be a short break-out session or two where you will be able to say hello to your colleagues from across the country. Please mark this on your calendar and register by Thursday, May 14!


National Webinar – Wednesday, May 20

It will not be the aim of the Cocktail Reception to provide information and coping strategies for your choirs and programs as it will be more of a social time. However, three days later, Choral Canada and the provincial choral organizations will be hosting a National Webinar on Wednesday, May 20th at 8 pm Atlantic Time that will seek to provide information and time for Q & A. Many of you may have listened to the recent online NATS/ACDA/Chorus America webinar which left us all a little on edge. This session will seek to provide more Canadian-specific information, both on the science and data as well as its effect on choral singing in the near future. We will close with some great ideas of ways in which you can keep your ensembles growing and engaged and, hopefully, singing during this period of restrictions. This first webinar will aim to feature information applicable to choirs of all types.


Measuring the impact of COVID-19

Thank you to everyone who responded to the first survey regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian choral community, organized by Choral Canada and the provincial choral organizations. Here is a summary to the results that may provide information and data helpful to you at this time. We are using this data to advocate for your needs, including the letter sent to the Minister of Canadian Heritage in April and recent meetings with Canada Council for the Arts and government officials. We will also be sharing info-graphics with you soon. Watch for our next survey, focusing on your funding needs, coming out soon.

Words of Thanks

Choral Canada would like to express its thanks to all of you who donated either a portion or the totality of their Podium registration fees back to Choral Canada and Alliance Chorale du Québec. We also want to thank the National Youth Choir singers who generously donated a portion of their first deposit to Choral Canada. We so appreciate your generosity in helping us to offset the financial loss associated with cancelling events of this magnitude.

We exist to serve the choral community

We are doing our very best to serve you during these times when you need us most. We are a strong community and choral singing is a powerful, life-changing art form that we all cherish, and that is absolutely worth waiting for. Here’s to hoping that we don’t have to wait too long!

Our very best to you all, from all of us at Choral Canada – championing choral music for all Canadians.

– Choral Canada

Halifax Musical II Workshop

A Notice from our member, TE Lamothe:

Halifax, the Musical (the first 200 years) with music and lyrics by T. E. Smith-Lamothe, will hold it’s second “from scratch” choral workshop Sunday, 29 March, 1 PM at the Halifax Central Library, BMO Community Room (2nd floor).  Anyone who wants to “sing their way through Halifax history” as part of a “chorus of Haligonians” is asked to RSVP to HalifaxMusical@gmail.com to receive links and an introduction to the songs which have chorus lines.  The workshop is experimental, as some of the music/lyrics have never been sung “live” before.  This is a chance to celebrate our city in music and be part of the very beginning of a musical project.

Toss A Tune-ie!

Help support out singers in the Nova Scotia Youth Choir and the National Youth Choir.

Announce Toss a Tune-ie at your next rehearsal and help us make this the most successful campaign ever!

Digby High C’s Festival Seeks Accompanist

The annual High Cs Choral Weekend in Digby is searching for an accompanist for the weekend of May 15th to 17th to accompany the conductor. Accommodations provided by Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa. Please contact Carol Clayton for more details 902 221 6171

Visit the High C’s Website for more information about the festival.

About the High C’s:

High Cs is sponsored by the Digby Choral Federation.

This festival for choral singers starts in the Digby Pines Spa and Resort on Friday and Saturday and concludes with a mass choir concert on Sunday evening in the gothic Saint Bernard’s church.

All choristers are invited to attend and perform. The weekend includes rehearsals of the mass choir, workshops to improve choral skills, a wine and cheese social Friday in the Grand Lounge of the Pines, and a Conductors Appreciation Banquet Saturday evening.  This fun and challenging weekend, with fine food and warm hospitality concludes with another rehearsal and a mass choir concert Sunday.
Although the majority of choristers come from between Pictou and Yarmouth, singers have come from PEI, New Brunswick, all over Nova Scotia and even Ontario and British Columbia.

Paid Opportunity for Choral Scholars

Seton Cantata Choir currently has openings for paid choral scholars for its 2020 spring season.  Successful candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

1.  Be 16 years or older

2.  Be enrolled in secondary, post-secondary, or taking music instruction

3.  Demonstrate a satisfactory level of musicianship and vocal ability as assessed by the Artistic Director.

Interested candidates may contact Norm Scrimger (scrimger@cs.dal.ca)

Middleton Choral Society seeks Director

From the Middleton Choral Society:

The Middleton Choral Society, a community choir in Middleton, NS for more than 40 years, is seeking a qualified conductor to start in September, 2020.

The choir is accustomed to weekly rehearsals on Wednesday evenings, with concerts in late fall and late spring.
Details, including the honorarium, can be discussed with any expression of interest. If interested, please send contact information with any questions to:
Phyllis Bennett at rib@ns.sympatico.ca or text 902-825-9433 by April 1, 2020.
Thank you.

Audition Prep Day at Dalhousie

From Dalhousie University: Fountain School of the Performing Arts


Saturday, January 25, 2020

10:00 am-4:00 pm

Dalhousie Arts Centre

6101 University Avenue

Halifax, NS

Free Admission

The Fountain School invites all students who might be interested in working on their audition preparation skills! We are offering a full day of workshops and mock auditions where participants will work closely with our faculty and students on how to prepare an audition for acting and/or music.

We are also offering information sessions for the non-auditioning areas of the school such as: cinema and media studies, musicology, stage design and technical theatre, theatre studies, and costume studies.

If you or someone you know are interested in attending, please REGISTER HERE: