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 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

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 or visit our website at 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, 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

Polaris Auditions 18/19

Polaris is excited to welcome you to auditions for our upcoming September 2018 – June 2019 season!

Are you a singer in Halifax with choral experience and an interest in social change? This is the ensemble for you! Polaris is a mixed-voice ensemble that performs at a high musical level, and creates space for insight and performance as it relates to current social justice issues.

Auditions will take about 20 minutes and consist of some music reading, singing exercises, and a brief discussion on social justice. Please come prepared to sing a song of your choice without accompaniment.

***To book an audition, please email (without the spaces): choirsforchange @***

In summary, Polaris…
-is a high-commitment community choir of roughly 30 members
-rehearses once a week on Monday nights
-will perform up to 6 times in the upcoming season
-learns music using sheet music, and is a place where reading music is a desirable skill
-engages in activities and discussions about topics of social change
-is led by an artistic team and social dialogue coordinators

When: August 27th, between 6-9pm, 20-minutes time commitment
Where: St Andrew’s United Church
What: please prepare one song to perform without accompaniment, and be prepared to do some singing exercises, music reading, and brief discussion on social justice

Choirs for Change Association is a registered non-profit organization based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Our choirs are collectives of singers and activists seeking to support social change movements through innovative choral events. We can be contacted through our Facebook page, or via email at choirsforchange @ gmail . com (without the spaces).


Accessibility information: these auditions will be held in the community centre at St Andrew’s United Church, which features a wheelchair accessible entrance. There is also a wheelchair accessible washroom located in the building. To access these areas using a wheelchair you must use a wheelchair elevator located in the building. Several Halifax Transit buses come in close proximity to the venue. For questions, please feel welcome to message our Facebook page, or email us: choirsforchange @ gmail . com (without the spaces)

Aeolian Singers – Auditions for 2018-19 season

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 2018-19 season, which begins in September.

The choir recently completed its 42nd season, the first 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 (go to How to join the choir). Auditions will take place in on June 11, 18, 25 (Monday nights) and June 16 and 23 (Saturdays) at the NS Choral Federation on Marginal Road in Halifax (near Pier 21).

For more information, or to schedule an audition, please contact the choir’s Assistant Conductor, Joanne Slack, at, or call (902) 473-1869 and leave a message to schedule your audition.

Looking for Choirs – National Anthem (bilingual) at a Citizenship Ceremony

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada / Government of Canada would like to see if perhaps any of the choirs would be interested in performing the National Anthem (bilingual) at a citizenship ceremony.
The ceremony usually lasts about 1 hour, and the anthem is sung near the end. Choirs would certainly be more than welcome to sing at the beginning of the event as well if they wish.

We usually have a ceremony once a month or so in Halifax, but we do also have hosts outside of the downtown area on occasion. The size of the room we are in depends on the host we are working with.

We do have an upcoming ceremony at Pier 21 on December 12th. It is being held from 10am to 11am, and we would love to see if a choir would be available to perform that day.
There is a chance that media will attend.

I can be reached by email or phone, 902-536-3518/902-402-2268 should you have any questions, please do not hesitate.

Samantha Primerano
Supervisor – Citizenship, Domestic Network
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada / Government of Canada / Tel: 902-536-3518

Superviseur – Citoyenneté, Réseau national
Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada / Gouvernement du Canada / Tél.: 902-536-3518

Looking for a Few Good Men






Nova Voce is looking for a few good men.  If you are a tenor or bass interested in singing with a top-notch provincial men’s choir, Nova Voce may be the fit for you!  Come join us for the music but also for the camaraderie of singing with this group of dedicated men.

Auditions for placements in all sections are now being scheduled.

For more information and to arrange an audition please contact us at:

Halifax Camerata Singers – Looking for Great Singers!

Halifax Camerata Singers is currently holding auditions for all voice parts for the 2017-18 season (31st season) for singers who have a solid vocal technique, good sight-reading skills and above average musical ability. Previous choral experience is a must. If you would like to be part of this dynamic choral ensemble please contact General Manager Peggy Walt at for more information.

The choir is under the direction of founding Artistic Director Jeff Joudrey, and forms the core of the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus, who will be performing Handel’s Messiah in December, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in the spring with SNS.  Halifax Camerata Singers will also reprise their show commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion (December 3), present two remembrance-themed concerts in November with guests, Nova Voce, and present a concert with guest mezzo-soprano, Christianne Rushton, in March and June.

Halifax Camerata Singers is Atlantic Canada’s award-winning chamber choir, and rehearses weekly on Tuesday evenings at First Baptist Church, with additional rehearsals as required.  You can learn more about the choir at more about the audition process on the home page under Auditions).