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

The National Youth Choir of Canada (NYCC) Auditions – NOW OPEN

The National Youth Choir of Canada (NYCC) auditions are NOW OPEN! Are you a young singer or know someone aged 19-26 who might be interested in this life-changing choral experience? Visit www.nycc.ca/auditions for all the details and to meet the amazing Artistic Team for 2022, led by Jean-Sébastien Vallée. Deadline to audition is Oct 15, 2021. #NYCC2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halifax Gay Men’s Chorus – Open Rehearsal – Come and Join us!

Do you sing in the shower, car, every chance you get?  Why not check us out?  The Halifax Gay Men’s Chorus offers an opportunity to sing as part of a welcoming community of queer folks, singing TTBB (lower voice) music.  An open rehearsal will take place at St. Andrew’s United Church, corner of Robie and Coburg Road, on Thursday, September 23, beginning at 7 PM.  Doors open at 6:30.  For more information visit our website www.hgmc.ca and to preregister contact Dan at membership@hgmc.ca

Jubilate Singers Wanted

Opportunity for Singers:  The Jubilate Singers, a community choir based in the north end of Halifax is in search of three second sopranos and three tenors to give us a balanced choir this season.   Each fall, this choir, conducted by Terry Hurrell, puts on a pre Christmas Concert which raises funds for providing meals for needy north- end families. There will be nine Saturday morning rehearsals, beginning October 16th, held at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Russell and Gottingen from 10 am till noon, culminating in an evening concert on Sunday, December 12th.  Safe distancing and mask wearing will apply. If you are interested and would like to join this choir, please contact Terry Hurrell for a simple audition at 902-457-0920 or email tshurrell@hfx.eastlink.ca

Thanks, Terry

Among The Branches: A Special Project with the Nova Scotia Youth Choir

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the NSYC is re-imagining our program for this year. Partnering with Mi’kmaw filmmaker Shelley MacDonald, Mi’kmaw elder Dorene Bernard and Settler conductor Christina Murray, choristers will participate in an Indigenous-led creation process. Instead of our usual concert tour, the NSYC will create an ~25-minute film that combines choral music, poetry, and movement that explores themes of isolation, togetherness, and environmental stewardship.


Important Dates: 

  • Camp Rehearsal Weekend – August 19 – 22 – United Church Campground, Berwick
  • Audio Recording Weekend – August 27 – 29 – First Baptist Church, Halifax
  • Film Shoot Weekend- September 17 – 19 –  United Church Campground, Berwick

We are excited to invite both alumni and choristers that are new to the choir to participate. As this is a special project for the NSYC, we will be accepting choristers aged 16-35. There are limited spots so you’ll want to register as soon as possible!

Registration closes on August 13th.

To register, complete the following Google Form: https://forms.gle/qZskgD5fcg9f8X5q7

For more information, visit the program webpage: https://nscf.ca/nova-scotia-youth-choir-2021/

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Without their support, this project would not be possible! #BringingTheArtsToLife

Please help us spread the word about this timely and exciting project! If you have any questions, please direct them to our Program Coordinator at ryan@nscf.ca!

CCC launches 2020 Choral Composition Competition

Call for Scores

The Canadian Chamber Choir (CCC) is soliciting innovative submissions for a National Choral Composition Competition. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has altered our world and especially in-person choral singing, we are looking for compositions that transcend the current limitations of singing together – choral music that is performable by singers spread throughout Canada. This competition is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. The CCC strongly encourages composers of diverse backgrounds and experiences to submit works for consideration.

Compositions should leverage technological supports but not rely solely on a ‘virtual choir’ platform. Choral innovations could include, but not be limited to: a combination of pre-recorded and live material, conducted and/or unconducted processes, and the use of other technologies which would be readily available to singers. The composition should be 2-4 minutes in total length and written for a cappella mixed chamber choir (divisi possible, 20 singers minimum). The winning composition will demonstrate a thoughtful, creative use of technology to create a choral piece that unites geographically separated singers and expresses emotions experienced by artistic communities during the pandemic.

This is the 3rd Choral Composition Competition sponsored by the Canadian Chamber Choir. Our mission is to celebrate and champion Canadian choral music by engaging in a diverse musical narrative that strengthens the choral community. Our Canada 150 competition was won by Alberta composer, Garrett Krause for his composition, “The Maple.” The song is featured on our recently released album, Seasons of Life and Landscape and is published by Cypress Choral Music.

The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2020. The winning composer will receive a $2,000 cash prize as well as a virtual performance of their work, in consultation with the CCC Artistic Team.

For more information visit the Competition webpage by clicking here. 

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)