Nagamo – musica intima and Andrew Balfour – Workshops and Concert May 10-13, 2024

We are thrilled to share that musica intima and Andrew Balfour will be in Halifax May 10-13, 2024 to deliver workshops to both adult and youth choirs and will perform on Sunday, May 12.


Friday, May 10 – 6:30pm (2.5 hour workshop) Adult singers (register as a group or come as an individual), St Andrew’s United Church, Halifax

Saturday, May 11 – Youth Workshop. 9am to 5pm. St Andrew’s United Church.

Sunday, May 12 – 7:30pm, Musica Intima Concert, St Andrew’s United Church. $45 for adults, $25 for students. Tickets on sale soon!

Monday, May 13 – 6:30pm (2.5 hour workshop) Adult singers (register as a group or come as an individual), St Andrew’s United Church

The fee for workshops is $15 per singer. Those who attend the workshop and wish to also attend the concert will receive a discount on their ticket for the concert.

To Register for the Monday and Friday workshops, click HERE

To learn more about how your group can participate in the workshops, contact Anne at

“NAGAMO (Sings) reimagines history and the concept of nation to nation respect and musical dialogue between the nations of the so-called New World and Old World.  During the beginning of the 17th century,  several Chiefs and esteemed Indigenous leaders journeyed to Europe in the hope of forging alliances. In many cases, they were treated as respected ambassadors. NAGAMO explores the fantastical idea of what might have happened if the sharing of music, and the respect of culture had contrived, and how a different history might have played out.”

Andrew Balfour, curator 

Revolving around Elizabethan choral music by Byrd, Tallis, and Gibbons, NAGAMO also features the unique musical perspective of Balfour’s reimagining of these motets into Cree and Ojibway.  Compositions by Balfour himself explores universal ideas of governance, diplomacy, and culture, as well as the challenges Indigenous peoples face today. 

Nagamo Tesitmonials:

Working with musica intima and Andrew Balfour was an incredibly impactful experience for
me and the Collingwood School choirs. My students learned much about vocal technique,
history, collaboration, different artistic practices, and in particular how art can be part of a
decolonial effort towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. They were awed by hearing
a professional choir for the first time and inspired by getting to sing and work directly with
them. Hearing about Andrew Balfour’s experience as a survivor of the Sixties Scoop, and his
work to reclaim his identity through music was hugely impactful for me and my students. As
a music teacher, I benefited from the workshop by learning new pedagogical strategies for
teaching technique, phrasing and repertoire. We are very grateful for the chance to work with
musica intima and Andrew Balfour and we very much hope to have similar opportunities in
the future!
Luke McAndless-Davis, Choir Teacher, Collingwood Schools, BC

Thank-you SO much for the work you did with us in MB. The concert was fantastic,
and the students are on fire after working with you all. We did our Thursday rehearsal
without any conductor, and the group’s level of commitment to music-making was at
an all time high. I also decided to invite them into the programming for our April 1
concert and so they have chosen what rep we will be singing for that. I think this may
become a pattern for future concerts… Please let musica intima know that this tour
was a lot more than just great and meaningful concerts, but there will actually be a
long-term impact on participating choirs – in decolonizing the rehearsal space (at least
at U of M).
Elroy Friesen, University of Manitoba, MB

CONDUIT Chamber Choir Auditions

The CONDUIT Chamber Choir is holding auditions for our spring project. The project will focus on repertoire about the life of Mary and Marian themes.

All auditions will be scheduled on an individual basis. Those interested in auditioning are asked to perform a piece of their choosing as well as a sight reading test.

To book an audition or for more information, please contact us on Facebook or via email at

PS: Please like our new page and visit our Videos section to see performances from our inaugural project.

NSCF Holiday Office Closure

The NS Choral Federation office will be closed for the holidays from December 20, 2023 to January 2 , 2024 inclusive. Thank you for all of your support in 2023 and we look forward to working with you all again in 2024. Have a wonderful Holiday Season with your families.

Sing Summer 2024

Sing Summer 2024!   Registration Opens February 1, 2024

Adult Choir Camp:

Guest Conductor:
Brainerd Blyden-Taylor
Dates: August 19-24, 2024
For choristers aged 18 and up!

Youth Choir Camp:

Guest Conductor:
Scott Leithead
Dates: August 11-17, 2024
For mixed voices, ages 13-18

Junior Choir Camp:

Guest Conductor:
Carmen So
Dates: August 11-17, 2024
For unchanged voices, ages 8.5 to 12

Executive Director, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

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The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir invites applications and referrals for the
position of Executive Director.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (TMChoir) has been a champion of choral music in Canada since 1894. As Canada’s leading symphonic choir, and a pioneering force in the development of our country’s rich choral landscape, the TMChoir, like the country, has withstood world wars, economic crises, and lately a pandemic. It has amplified celebratory moments in Canadian history and in times of sorrow, it
has provided comfort through song.

This remarkable and resilient organization emerged from the pandemic with a new three-year artistic plan that re-imagines the TMChoir’s history with an enlivened concert series, touring, new partnerships, and recording. It has created a community engagement program highlighted by an annual composer-in-residence appointment, commissioning new works to ensure the Canadian choral repertoire grows and reflects the many communities that in the 21st century proudly call Canada home.

Remarkably, the TMChoir has worked under the leadership of just eight artistic directors in its 125-plus year history. Internationally recognized conductor, scholar, and pedagogue Jean-Sébastien Vallée was appointed as the TMChoir’s eighth Artistic Director in June of 2021. With Jean-Sébastien’s exemplary leadership and vision, the TMChoir has fashioned a plan that bursts with possibility, a future growth balanced between tradition and innovation. The TMChoir is evolving to include diverse, contemporary works in its repertoire and to re-imagine performances in new, surprising, experiential ways. The TMChoir’s Board, its singers, and its staff are committed wholeheartedly to this plan’s success.

In addition to his work in Toronto, Jean-Sébastien is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Studies, and Coordinator of the Ensembles & Conducting Area at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. He has conducted ensembles throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and has prepared choruses for such leading orchestras as Chicago, Toronto, and Montreal. He is an advocate for contemporary music, making one of his priorities the commissioning and premiering works by emerging composers and programming rarely performed repertoire.

The TMChoir ensemble includes a core of 24 professional singers (the TMSingers) and expands as the full TMChoir of 150+ auditioned and experienced volunteer choristers. And because the TMChoir is “beyond a choir,” its dedication to new choral experience extends to creating meaningful and impactful educational and community programs, as well as forging new relationships and partnerships with friends and neighbors in the Canadian choral landscape.

The TMChoir is featured in every season of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as its partnered large-scale symphonic choir. This current season will feature a run of 5 performances of Handel’s Messiah during the holiday season, as well as three performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. In addition, the TMChoir will
tour with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, performing together in Quebec City, Ottawa, and Toronto.

The 2023/24 season will also includes Verdi’s Requiem, an annual holiday celebration, two performances of the TMSingers, Carmina Burana at Roy Thomson Hall, and a variety of community events and activities. (See for more information.)

The TMChoir is committed to excellence in performance; to using the capacity of choral music to ignite change; to building a welcoming, inclusive ensemble; and to create innovative collaborations with organizations that also see the arts as a means to building a more equitable world. The TMChoir has a deeply committed and hard-working artistic and administrative staff and volunteer board of directors. The annual budget is approximately $1 million.

The Position of Executive Director:
The Executive Director and the Artistic Director each report directly to the Board of Directors and work in close partnership with one another, in service of the organization’s shared artistic vision. The Executive Director provides leadership to ensure that the TMChoir’s mission is achieved and that the organization’s
strategic, educational, and financial goals are met.

The Executive Director (ED) will lead a team of individuals dedicated to the success of the TMChoir. The ED will oversee both the human and financial resources of the choir and is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the choir’s administration and operations, including fund-raising, marketing, public
relations, financial management, and chorister well-being.

In tandem with the Artistic Director, the Executive Director develops and implements season programming, guest concert appearances, and other events. This individual fosters strong, positive relationships with TMChoir volunteer and professional choristers, and with the organization’s artistic partners, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

The Executive Director is the chief fund-raiser for the TMChoir, developing and executing a comprehensive strategy for generating public and private sector revenue. The ED creates and implement strategies for cultivating, securing, and stewarding private sector supports, including individual donors, foundations, and corporations, as well as writing grant applications.

The Executive Director manages the financial operations of the organization, developing the annual budget, monitoring the financial status, and controlling costs. The Executive Director creates, monitors, and presents monthly cash flow projections and monthly financial reports to the Board, overseeing the work of the bookkeeper (including the filing of municipal, provincial, and federal reports as

The Executive Director recruits, hires, and provides leadership to the administrative staff needed to achieve the TMChoir’s strategic objectives. The ED also assists the Artistic Director in creating, hiring, and evaluating the organization’s artistic positions.

The Executive Director partners with the Board of Directors and its Executive, paying a key role in achieving the organization’s strategic plan. This individual will actively promote the TMChoir and its brand, managing the overall plan for internal and external communications and developing content for storytelling on various channels.

The ideal candidate will have seven to ten years of senior management experience in the performing arts sector, a passion for choral music, and exceptional written, oral, and presentation skills. A bachelor’s degree is required; a graduate degree in arts administration or not-for-profit management is

In addition we seek:
Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing fund-raising efforts with the ability to cultivate, solicit, and steward major individual gifts, corporate sponsors, and foundation/government grants;

Ability to lead, inspire, and motivate staff and volunteers in an environment that fosters creativity, a commitment to excellence, teamwork, and mutual respect;
Experience in creating and managing budgets, financial projections, and cash flow reports;
Ability to think strategically while balancing a full portfolio of project tasks
and experience in collaborating with a wide network of partnerships;
Competency with computer technologies; able to evaluate the TMChoir’s existing systems and suggest necessary upgrades and improvement.

Preference will be given to qualified Canadian applicants.

Other Information and Application Process:
Compensation: $95,000 to $110,000, plus benefits package.
Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest in confidence, as well as a resume and list of references by Monday, October 30:

Margaret Genovese
Senior Partner

77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103
Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 2J7

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates for employment are
considered without regard to race, color, gender identify or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age,
familial or marital status, veteran status, non-job-related disability or any other basis protected by applicable federal, provincial, or local laws.
For additional information see:;

Cape Breton Chorale Composition Competition

The Cape Breton Chorale is celebrating its 50th Anniversary Year! As part of the 2023-2024
season, we are inviting submissions for our first competition for young composers.
The deadline for submissions is October 16, 2023. The winning submission will be performed in
December of the 2023-2024 season at our concert, Christmas with the Cape Breton Chorale.\

Prize Amount: $1500

About the Cape Breton Chorale
The Cape Breton Chorale has been an important choral ensemble in Nova Scotia since 1973,
when Sr. Rita Clare (1933-2017) founded the choir. The choir has championed and premiered
well-known SATB choral arrangements of Cape Breton songs including Song for the Mira, We
Rise Again and others. For more information on our choir history and to hear our recordings:

Eligibility and Guidelines for Submission
This competition is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and landed immigrants
who are 35 years of age or younger. Submissions must not be previously commissioned,
performed, or published.

The work must be original, not an arrangement of an existing work. We encourage an individual
creative approach to choral writing that suits our ensemble well. The submissions will be
adjudicated by a panel from the Cape Breton Chorale organization.

Composers should choose their own text, either a sacred text based on an aspect of the
Christmas tradition or one that expresses universal, seasonal, and/or holiday themes. Texts
must be approved for public performance and recording or be in the public domain. Composers
are responsible for securing permission from text copyright holders.

Length, Instrumentation, and Voicing

  • Submissions should be 3-6 minutes in length.
  • While there may be some a cappella sections, a piano accompaniment should be included.
  • Solo(s) for soprano, alto and/or tenor may be included.
  • SATB choir of approximately 40 singers. Soprano and Alto parts may include divisi.
  • An additional instrument part may be included.
  • Score Preparation
    Scores must be clearly legible and may be handwritten or formatted with notation software.
    Submissions should be presented in open score format, with accompaniment set below the
    vocal parts. Closed score should only be used for sections with purely homophonic textures.
    Instrument part(s), if applicable, should be included in the score above the vocal parts in
    concert key. A separate instrument part in the correct instrument transposition must also be

Submission Instructions
There is no entry fee for this competition.
Include the composer’s name, contact information, and title of work in the body of the email.
Only the title of the work and text author (if different from composer) should be included as
part of any attached file.
Example: Christmas in Cape Breton.2023.pdf
The adjudication panel will see the anonymous scores. Composer identity will remain hidden
from the panel until after the selection has been made.
Submit the score, any applicable instrument part, and/or text sheet (translations are
appreciated, if applicable) of the completed work in PDF file format via email to the address
included below. Include a letter of permission for use of the text, if applicable.
The inclusion of a notation software demo recording (mp3 or wav format) is appreciated but
not required.

Please submit files to:
Selection, Awards, Performance
The organization will identify the winning composer and notify them by phone and/or email on
or before November 1, 2023.

An honourable mention may be declared. In this case, we may ask the composer’s consent to
perform their piece in December 2023 along with the winning composition.
A live performance of the winning composition will take place on December 17, 2023. The
composer will receive a live recording of the piece within 60 days of the performance.

King’s Chorus – Section Lead Auditions

The King’s Chorus: Section Lead Positions

The King’s Chorus is the choral society of the University of King’s College, Halifax. We learn and rehearse major choral works from various traditions, and share what we’ve learned with the Halifax community in a concert each semester. The Chorus brings together students, staff and faculty from Dalhousie and King’s, as well as other community members, to share in the joy of music making each semester.

The King’s Chorus is committed to fostering a supportive environment where singers of all levels can improve their musicality and enjoy themselves in the process. We sing challenging and beautiful music, and we make sure to have fun while we do, cultivating an inclusive and non-competitive atmosphere in which to participate.

Section Lead positions are awarded to professional singers in an annual application and audition process: one each of Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass. We meet on Wednesday evenings during the academic year from September to April. To apply as a Section Lead for the 2023/24 season, please send a musical resumé, specifying your choral voice part, to the Music Administrative Assistant, to whom questions about the positions may also be directed:

A review of applications and scheduling of auditions will begin on Friday August 25, 2023. Applications will remain open until all positions are filled.

Annapolis Valley Honour Choir – Project Manager Call for Proposals

AVHC Seeking Project Manager – Call for Proposals

The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir (an arts education organization with 170 young singers), is currently seeking a Project Manager to help fulfill our goals for the revitalization of operations and board, rebranding and planning for a sustainable future. 

We are seeking Requests for Proposals for this position. 

Applicant Proposals should be submitted by 5:00 pm, Monday, July 31, 2023 to as a single PDF with no more than 10 pages. Please direct all questions and inquiries to

For the detailed RFP information, please click here 

The Aeolian Singers Auditions.

Come Sing with Us!
 Auditions are coming up Saturday July 8 and Sunday July 9
4:00pm to 8:30pm
Nova Scotia Choral Federation  
1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
To go to our Website for more Information and to Schedule your Audition
We are an inclusive upper voices choir that has 48 seasons of history here in Halifax. The inspiring and ever evolving repertoire, sets a standard of excellence in choral programs. Our singers vary in age, background and experience. All are welcome to audition.
If you have any questions please reach out to our assistant conductor Joanne Slack at: