Tenor Section Lead

St. Andrew’s United Church, corner of Coburg and Robie has an immediate opening for a tenor section lead. This will be a supplemental position between now and Christmas, with the opportunity to become permanent in January. The immediate need is for a strong reader and leader in the section for a performance of Randall Thompson’s Peaceable Kingdom on Sunday Nov 10.

Excellent remuneration based on per call attendance. Contact Kevin Parks, Minister of Music at joyfulnoise@eastlink.ca or 902-221-1597

Choirworks!

After a successful pilot project in June 2019, we are excited to announce a new community choral opportunity for young singers in Halifax – Choirworks! Join director Krista Vincent and pianist Lynette Wahlstrom for a quality music experience in a positive environment.

Children ages 7-11 years are welcome to register for this unauditioned program. Previous choral experience is not necessary. Weekly rehearsals will include ensemble singing, vocal technique, ear training, and music literacy, as well as performance skills and team building. We will meet at First Baptist Church on Oxford Street and are grateful for their support of community music education.

Rehearsals take place on Saturdays from 10:15-11:30 am, starting September 21, 2019. The program will run until December 15, 2019 and will include 2 performances. Tuition for the term is $185 per singer. Partial bursaries are available based on financial need.

Aeolians Singers Auditions

(Halifax, NS) Aeolian Singers – Audition now!

Looking for choral music opportunities with a fabulous community of women?  Do you love to sing great music, love a challenge, and love to laugh? The Aeolian Singers is holding auditions for committed choristers with previous singing experience for their 2019-20 season, which begins in September.

The choir recently completed its 43rd season, the second one under the artistic direction of Nova Scotian choral conductor Heather Fraser. The Aeolians perform five to six times per year, and are accompanied by pianist Diana Torbert. 

You can learn more about the choir at  www.aeoliansingers.ca (go to How to join the choir). Auditions will take place on June 10, 17 and 24 (Monday evenings) in Halifax.

For more information, or to schedule an audition, please contact the choir’s Assistant Conductor, Joanne Slack, at mjslack@eastlink.ca, or call (902) 473-1869 and leave a message to schedule your audition.
Information:  Peggy Walt, peggy@culturalaffairs.ca
(902) 422-5403 (office), (902) 476-1096 (cell)

Alto Section Lead for September

St. Andrew’s United Church Choir is seeking an Alto Section lead for September 2019. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings 7-9pm, and on Sunday morning 9:45 am, followed by Sunday worship at 10:30am. Special services include Christmas Eve, 7pm and 10pm, Good Friday 10:30am. Occasional concerts and special events.

St. Andrew’s United is located at the intersection of Coburg and Robie Streets in Halifax. We are a progressive, experimental, innovative congregation with an eclectic music program. The choir gives leadership to community singing weekly, and regularly offers special music to augment worship. The diverse repertoire spans the gamut of traditional high church choral standards to singing back up on jazz and popular arrangements with a house band and vocalists. The music is challenging, well prepared and delivered with excellence. But first and foremost St. Andrew’s choir is a caring, supportive, inclusive community where we enjoy the process of music making, and that is welcoming of everyone of all ages, regardless of gender, racial identity, spiritual/faith location or sexual orientation. The section lead is expected to model proper vocal technique, to come to rehearsal with parts prepared, to support other members of the section in learning and executing their part. Occasional solo or ensemble work may be requested. Remuneration is $35/call, based upon actual attendance. Contact Kevin Parks, Minister of Music, joyfulnoise@eastlink.ca or FB/Twitter @joyfulnoisehfx by June 7 to arrange an audition

CMWC Halifax is looking for new members!

Mondays. Famously and universally unappealing, most people dread Mondays. Their two hard-earned days of rest are over and it’s back to the grind. Early mornings, long days, busy families, stressful commutes are just a few reasons why many are so anti-Monday.

For the last year and a half, Monday is my favourite day of the week. It was my favourite day when I was a stay-at-home-Mom and it’s still my favourite day despite my early morning commute into my office in the city.

Monday is Choir day.

Monday still is back to the grind and the long days and the commutes. And Monday is definitely the busiest. Up early, out the door, kids to daycare, drive into the city, work all day, fight traffic, pick up kids, make supper, then out the door to choir. But I guarantee you that each and every week, the car door has barely closed and the engine not quite warm and I already experience the deepest breath I’ll take all week. I’ll crank the tunes and take in the sun set as I drive back into the city for the most precious hours of self-care.

Monday is Choir day.

As our carpool warms up the kettle in the Stadacona church kitchen, our members slowly drift in. Some are still in work attire and others in sweats. Some haven’t been home yet today and others haven’t left their home for a few days. Professionals, female military members, home based business reps, stay at home moms, volunteers…women with no children, young children, grown children…women who are in the military, women whose husbands are new to the life and women whose husbands are experienced or retired…we meet. We sip our cups of tea, staying warm in the chilly chapel, and chat and laugh and lament about our weeks. Child raising, dog training, weather, news, postings, trips to sea and home again, nothing is off the table. Some of us are wired, energized and pumped to be here. Others sag into the arm chair in the corner, taking the first quiet moment of the day to reflect and gather the energy they will need for the evening, only becoming fully revitalized once we’re all here and ready to sing. But each of us, regardless of the many ways we are all different, are so very similar in the most important ways: we belong to this unique military community and we are here to build music together.

Monday is Choir day.

Rehearsal begins and we warm up our voices, of course, but also our bodies and minds and spirits. We find joy in simply being together. Several members have been in a variety of choirs over the years, some were instrumentalists, some have never sung at all outside of the shower. Opening our music, some glance at it with a trained eye and look for dynamics and tricky rhythms that need extra practice (those dotted eighth notes!) while others simply review the lyrics, the musical notation a mystery to them.

As the Musical Director takes over the rehearsal, we find our sound. We’re good. Not professional calibre, not perfect. But good and getting better every week. For the next hour and half we split into small groups then work all together, enjoying the challenge of putting our efforts into creating this three part harmony that continually thrills us to hear. When rehearsal is over, most of us will linger, not really wanting to leave despite knowing that we need to get home to bed. But our cups are so full, our spirits singing silently as we drive to our respective homes. And while we check in with each other throughout the week, keeping conversation flowing through coffee dates and texts and social media, we anticipate the end of the work week as it leads us again towards the conclusion of the weekend and then, again, Monday.

Monday is Choir day.
And it rocks.

The CMWC Halifax has the honour of hosting a night especially for interested new members. On January 28 from 6:30-8:30pm we invite any female military member OR any female over the age of 18 living with their partner in the military to join us for a complimentary evening. Experience reading music and/or singing is an asset but absolutely not required. No auditions are ever held and everyone who is willing is welcome! If you are a musician who might be a useful addition to our group, we also welcome you to reach out. For more information please find us on Facebook @CMWCHalifax or email us at canadianmwc.halifax@gmail.com We are actively recruiting women in the military community who are interested in joining us, so please spread the word!

Canadian Cancer Society Holiday Carolling

The Canadian Cancer Society is seeking the assistance of a local community choir to lead an event outside at The Sobey Cancer Support Centre (5826 South Street, Halifax) on December 17th from 6:30-8:30pm.

We are looking to hold a community carolling event to celebrate the close of our campaign One Night Stand Against Cancer where all proceeds go to The Dr. Susan K Roberts Lodge That Gives, keeping the cost of cancer down for cancer patients across Nova Scotia. And to get us all in the holiday spirit! We will be inviting residents of The Lodge That Gives, the Halifax community, as well as campaign donors and CCS volunteers and partners.

This is sure to be a fun event and we are hoping to team up with a choir who is interested in helping make a difference in their community by bringing joy through song to cancer patients from across Nova Scotia.

For more information please contact Susan Ready – Manager, Revenue Development at 902-423-0233 or by email at susan.ready@ns.cancer.ca

Sing with EnChor East!

EnChor East Singers is accepting new choristers for the 2018-2019 season. Our choir sings a variety of repertoire and performs locally in December and May. We challenge our singers to work hard on reading, ear training, and musical expression, and we place a strong emphasis on the importance of community. Weekly rehearsals take place at St. Peter’s Church Hall (Kearney Lake Rd/Bedford Hwy) on Tuesdays from 7:15-9:15 pm. EnChor East is led by conductor Krista Vincent and pianist Dean Bradshaw.

For more information on singing with our choir, please contact Krista at enchoreastsingerssociety@gmail.com or visit our website at https://enchoreast.com. We can also be found on facebook and twitter @EnChor_East.

We hope to sing with you soon!

Cantabile Choral Society of Truro – new singers wanted!

The Cantabile Choral Society prides itself on being a place where all are invited to make high quality music in a friendly, collaborative and supportive atmosphere. Cantabile choirs perform regularly in concert and are committed to enriching our community, including charitable and musical outreach opportunities, supporting the Truro Music Festival, and working with people of all ages and stages.

The Cantabile Society is made up of four choirs:
Cantabile Singers, a mixed voice adult choir committed to excellence in choral performance
Cantabile Boys’ Choir for boys in grades 3-7/voice change (now in its 10th anniversary season!)
Cantabile Impact!, our mixed voice youth choir committed to effecting change through song
and this year, the Society welcomes the Cantabile Truro Youth Singers, for girls in grades 4-8, into the fold!

In September, all choirs begin rehearsals at First United Church (711 Prince Street, Truro):
Cantabile Singers on Mon., Sept. 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Cantabile Truro Youth Singers on Fri., Sept. 7, 3:45-5:00 p.m.
Cantabile Impact! on Sun., Sept. 9, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Cantabile Boys’ Choir on Tues., Sept. 11, 4:15-5:30 p.m.

For more information, please feel free to contact us at cantabiletruroinfo@gmail.com, or by contacting a member of our artistic team!

Cantabile’s Conductors:
Chris Bowman (Artistic Director/Cantabile Singers) – 902-324-1301
Brenna Conrad (Cantabile Impact!) – 902-956-1018
Sarah Glinz (Cantabile Boys’ Choir/Truro Youth Singers) – 902-956-1018
Ann Legere (Cantabile Truro Youth Singers) – 902-895-6532