Registration for Podium Conference – May 16-19, 2024

Early bird registration for the Podium Conference in Montreal is open until February 29, 2024.

Presented by Choral Canada and Alliance chorale du Québec,  in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, on the unceded traditional territory of the Kanien’keha:ka, as well as online through our conference app. PODIUM 2024 will bring together hundreds of delegates and thousands of singers and audience members from across the country and beyond who are passionate about group singing.

Held every 2 years since 1982, each Podium is different and is shaped by the many voices who come together to plan, perform, and share their knowledge and by the host province and city where delegates and audiences will gather. After having to cancel the planned 2020 Podium, presenting partners Choral Canada and Alliance chorale du Québec are excited to finally welcome PODIUM 2024 delegates to Montréal, Québec for a unique experience.

Our slogan ‘Open Voices, Open Minds’ reflects PODIUM 2024’s celebration of the full return to group singing in all its forms. Through offerings both online and on-site in Montréal, we will showcase a diversity of group singing practices from Québec, Canada, and beyond. We will create space for networking, sharing, and learning from presenters and artists with a multitude of lived experiences. Key themes will look to the future of group singing, including, but not limited to, the role of the choral arts in important topics such as social justice, climate change action, diversity and inclusion.

We plan for PODIUM 2024 to be a place to build new bridges and foster collaborations between individuals and communities who have not had the opportunity to connect before. We will create a fun, welcoming, and bilingual atmosphere where both anglophones and francophones can fully participate in all of PODIUM 2024’s activities together.  We are working to ensure all those who wish to participate in PODIUM 2024 feel that they are included and can access this national gathering in a variety of ways. 

Choral Canada is pleased to partner with Alliance chorale du Québec in 2024 as they celebrate 50 years of supporting choral music across the province of Québec and beyond.

Visit https://www.podium2024.ca/en/conference-registration for more information.

Atlantic Contemporary Vocal Institute – Summer Training Program

Introducing the Atlantic Contemporary Vocal Institute – a place for singers ages 18+ to nurture their technique, grow their passion and have access to high level training and performance opportunities. 

This July, experience three full days of coaching from some of Atlantic Canada’s top performers and educators. Dig DEEP into your artistry and reach a new level of creative and technical output. The ACVI Summer Training Program is ideal for performing singers, as well as teachers and conductors who are looking to broaden their knowledge and increase their confidence in teaching contemporary singing styles. 

For more information and to register (spots are limited!), visit www.acvi.ca 

Also, follow us on Instagram for more updates! www.instagram.com/acvinstitute

Elora Singers Vocal Academy

Artistic Director Mark Vuorinen invites vocal artists to apply for The Elora Singers Vocal Academy, from April 29 – May 4, 2024. This program has been developed for vocalists whose interests lie in art song, oratorio and ensemble singing.

Academy Singers will explore ways to communicate vocal repertoire more vividly, experience a broad range of vocal repertoire and examine all aspects of style, technique, communication, language, performance skills, and artistry. 

Application deadline is March 15, 2024

To learn more visit: https://elorasingers.ca/vocal-academy/

Choral Canada’s 2024 Competition for Choral Writing

Submissions for Choral Canada’s 2024 Competition for Choral Writing are now open! Choral Canada encourages and supports the creation of choral music for choirs and singing groups by emerging/early-career Canadian composers and music creators. Since 2000, composers and music creators from across Canada have submitted their compositions to be considered for the Diane Loomer Award. In 2018, the Stephen Chatman Student Award was introduced to support student composers.
Competition Regulations and Application Guidelines for each category can be found here: 

https://bit.ly/3Gb0Qoh. Entry deadline: January 15, 2024.

The 2024 competition is sponsored by J.W. Pepper. The Diane Loomer Award is sponsored by Cypress Choral Music. The Stephen Chatman Student Award is made possible by Stephen Chatman and Tara Wohlberg.

Executive Director, Nova Scotia Choral Federation

Executive Director, Nova Scotia Choral Federation

Halifax, NS

Founded in 1976 the Nova Scotia Choral Federation (NSCF) is one of eight cultural federations, supported by the government of Nova Scotia. As a registered charity, NSCF has developed an excellent complement of programs and services for choirs of all ages in the province.  Our Junior Choir Camp began in 1979 and was the model for similar camps in other provinces in Canada.  Since then our camps have grown to include Youth and Adult Choirs camps offering a camp experience to singers starting at the age of 8 years old.  NSCF also provides an opportunity for youth singers to take part in an auditioned provincial youth choir which is managed by NSCF each year and biennially supports a quartet of youth singers to attend the Nation Youth Choir of Canada, a program of Choral Canada .

The leadership shown by the Nova Scotia Choral Federation has assisted in the widespread participation in choral music throughout Nova Scotia. There are opportunities for all program alumni to stay involved in the Federation’s activities. School children are given the opportunity to develop choral experience in schools and networking takes place with provincial, national and international choral communities. There is training to encourage and support choral conducting, and professional, well-paid opportunities for both emerging and established artists. Corporations and governments recognize the valuable role choral music plays in enriching society and demonstrate their understanding through active support.

Nova Scotia Choral Federation is currently seeking a new Executive Director

The Executive Director is the leader within NSCF and plays an integral role in building and maintaining relationships in the choral community in Nova Scotia.  They are an active member on the board of the Cultural Federation for Nova Scotia. This individual is also involved on a national level with the board for Choral Canada, and maintains positive relationships with the other choral federations in the country.   Other key responsibilities of the Executive Director include:

  • Promoting and increasing awareness of NSCF and the programs/services available for choirs in Nova Scotia
  • Management and awareness of funding opportunities for NSCF.  This includes review of proposal opportunities for funding and preparation of funding applications
  • Development of budgets for NSCF programs throughout the year
  • Assist in preparation and review of all financial statements monthly and for the end of each fiscal year (including regular communication with the NSCF Treasurer and Bookkeeper)
  • Manage scheduling of meetings, communication and relationships with the NSCF Board of Directors – this includes attending and preparing for Board  Meetings, the Annual General Meeting and any other committee meetings as needed
  • Act as the organization’s spokesperson – including activities such as interviews, news releases, and other proactive communication with media
  • Attendance at key national meetings and conferences throughout the year
  • Create a culture that empowers and motivates NSCF staff and volunteers

As the ideal candidate for this role, you have leadership experience in the choral community in Nova Scotia or your current community.  Previous experience in a senior management role within a not for profit organization would be considered a definite asset.  Other qualifications include:

  • A background and education in Music, Choral Conducting, Music Education or Fine Arts
  • Demonstrated experience in managing budgets and financial management, including fund development
  • Experience in planning and managing successful events and projects
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships
  • A passion for continuing to build and develop choral opportunities for singers in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada
  • Experience in collaborating with other organizations at a provincial and national level

Nova Scotia Choral Federation has built a strong legacy in Nova Scotia and continues to be a choral leader in Canada.  Be part of the next chapter in keeping the momentum of choral music and experiences moving forward in Nova Scotia. 

To express interest in the Executive Director role, please forward your cover letter and resume to the Selection Committee, Att: Anne MacDonald at anne@nscf.ca.

A full job description is available by request.  

Performance Fees: Entandem & SOCAN

September is here and we wish you the very best for an exciting start to the choral season.  May it be enriching and rewarding for you, your choristers and audiences. 

Approximately three years ago, SOCAN handed over the collection of concert performance licenses to ENTANDEM. It has been found that the process is seriously flawed. One would assume that nothing more is required after payment through the on-line portal at Entandem.  However, the final step should be the submission of a digital copy of the concert program, otherwise it is impossible for SOCAN to disburse the funds appropriately to publishers, composers, and authors. The programs should be sent to:  concertsetlist@entandemlicensing.com and concertsubmit@socan.com 

Early in July, SOCAN and Entandem assured those affected that there would be improvements/clarifications to both websites. In the interim, it would be appreciated if you or your administrator would submit any programmes from the last three years and all future programmes to one of the above email addresses.  

Wishing you the very best for the upcoming season.

Musical Director, Canadian Military Wives Choir (Halifax)

    

The Canadian Military Wives Choir in Halifax is seeking a new Musical Director. Rehearsals are Monday nights from 6:30-8:30pm at CFB Halifax. They are a bunch of lovely ladies with various levels of musical knowledge. They are looking to fill this position ASAP. More information is provided below. If you would like to learn more contact canadianmwc.halifax@gmail.com.

           General Duties

  • Teaches musical selections to choir members in a fun, supportive environment.
  • Attends weekly rehearsals and performances as required.
  • Abides by Canadian Military Wives Choir Constitution.
  • Operates within the guidelines of the Canadian Military Wives Choir, as administered by the Halifax CMWC Committee.
  • Provides a welcoming inclusive musical environment for choir members.
  • Encourages a fun and safe environment for all singing levels.
  • Refers all performance requests, membership enquiries, media enquiries, fundraising opportunities and all other choir administrative business to the local Committee for consideration.  Final decision for choir participation in all events rests with the local Committee as representatives of the Canadian Military Wives Choirs movement. 

        Music Selection

  • The Music Director shall in consultation with the President and/or the Vice President, prepare and teach music for rehearsals and performances appropriate for various experience levels and performance opportunities of the choir.  Note: Music will usually be chosen jointly by the President and/or Vice President and the MD; the MD may submit selections to the President and/or Vice President for consideration.  The final selections will be reviewed by the MD to confirm the pieces are suited for the choir members abilities.
  • Create arrangements of songs that cannot be purchased or sourced, within the guidelines of current Canadian copyright laws.
  • The MD is responsible for producing performance tracks if they have not been purchased.

        Digital Content

  • The MD shall-generate and make available digital copies of sheet and audio music required for choir members.
  • Forward any costs for digital copying to the committee for prior approval and payment.
  • Generate rehearsal recordings of individual parts, including solos as required adhering to reasonable time requests.
  • Notify the Committee when new complete sets of recordings and sheet music are ready and uploaded to the Choir Google Drive for member access.  Consult with the Committee regarding musical content on the National CMWC website.

Rehearsals

  • The MD shall prepare fully for warm-ups and practices and lead weekly rehearsals tailored to diverse levels of musical understandings. 
  • Assist in preparation of rehearsal space as required.
  • Assist new members to find their musical range and section within the choir. 
  • Create and contribute to a collegial, creative, supportive environment where members feel comfortable to take musical risks together.
  • Improve and maintain confidence in musical abilities of both individuals and the group.
  • Review CMWC Core music selections on a regular basis in order to be prepared for combined choir or seasonal events. 

Performances

  • The MD shall consult with the Committee in generating musical programs for performances.
  • Liaise with event coordinators regarding logistics as required.
  • Liaise with hosts to ensure performance details have been addressed.
  • Forward ideas and opportunities to collaborate with other groups or musicians to the Committee for discussion and approval.

Spreading the Movement

  • Be willing to support the choir in fundraising and profile-raising events.
  • Refer new possibilities to the Committee for discussion.
  • Refer new possibilities to the Committee for discussion.
  • Attend local Committee meetings when required (occasionally).

Talent Trust Applications are open.

Applications for Talent Trust Scholarships are now open. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2023. For more details about the available scholarships and the application process visit: https://www.nstalenttrust.ns.ca/scholarships/apply

Applicants may submit an application to the Talent Trust before they have been accepted into their proposed program of study.  In fact, it is highly recommended applicants do so.

Scholarship amounts vary between $800 and $4,000.

We strongly urge all applicants to apply early to avoid any difficulties with your application, technical or otherwise.

Please use Google Chrome as your browser to avoid any technical difficulties and be able to save your online application easily. 

Alexander Technique Opportunity

Ready to Be Inspired? – Alexander Technique Opportunity

What if you could find a bit more freedom in doing the things you love to do? In singing in a choir? In expressing yourself through your artistry? In moving through space with more ease? In meeting stressful situations with more poise? This is what the Alexander Technique offers.

What is the Alexander Technique?

What is AT? In a nutshell, the Alexander Technique is an approach to thinking and moving that allows for greater freedom and ease in performing the tasks you want to do, that you are passionate about.

Call for Students/Explorers

As part of the 1600-hour training process to become an Alexander Technique teacher, I am required to give a series of lessons. That’s where you come in: I am seeking folks who are curious about this work. I am offering 30-minute in-person lessons (I’m based in Halifax) for a nominal fee. If you are interested, please contact me at franpfarrell@gmail.com for more details. I would be happy to meet with you to (re) discover enhanced coordination and freedom in what it is you love to do.