Call For Sing Summer Staff 2020

JCC and YCC (August 9th to 15th)
ACC (August 17th to 22nd)

Looking for a summer job in a relaxed camp environment? Consider joining us for our Sing Summer Camps held in Berwick, Nova Scotia! There are numerous positions available, including artistic staff and more traditional camp roles.

The Nova Scotia Choral Federation is preparing for Sing Summer 2020 and is looking for individuals to fill the following positions:

Artistic Staff
Adult Choir Camp Accompanist
Youth Choir Camp Accompanist
Junior Choir Camp Accompanist
Adult and/or Youth Choir Camp Soprano Section Leader
Adult and/or Youth Choir Camp Alto Section Leader
Adult and/or Youth Choir Camp Tenor Section Leader
Adult and/or Youth Choir Camp Bass Section Leader

Camp Staff
Youth Choir Camp Director
Junior Choir Camp Director
Youth Choir Camp Chaperones
Junior Choir Camp Counsellors
Gophers (age 15 and up)

Artistic Staff Applicants and Camp Director Applicants: Please apply with a resume containing emphasis on musical experience, teaching experience, and performance experience. Please submit a cover letter along with your resume indicating which position(s) you are applying for.

Please submit all documents as a PDF to

Other Camp Staff Applicants: Please fill out the following google form in its entirety.
Sing Summer 2020- Staff Application Form

Audition for Nova Scotia Youth Choir!

Nova Scotia Youth Choir applications are NOW OPEN!

 The Nova Scotia Choral Federation is ecstatic to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir! Through auditions, approximately 40 singers ages 16-25 will be chosen to work with a faculty of fine musicians dedicated to excellence in vocal performance and musicianship. They will provide them a challenging opportunity to work, develop and perform choral music together at a very high calibre.

This year, choristers will be working with Dr. Christina Murray, artistic director of Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble and head of choral studies at Dalhousie University.

Christina holds an honours undergraduate degree in music (voice/conducting) and philosophy from Mount Allison University, has done graduate work in feminist liturgical practices, and has subsequently studied conducting with Diane Loomer, Jon Washburn, Michael Zaugg, and Elise Bradley. Also an active and accomplished choral singer, as a young person she was selected for two tours with the National Youth Choir of Canada and has frequently sung with the Canadian Chamber Choir since  2007.

Christina served as head of choral studies at Kodaikanal International School in South India from 2002-2004 and has twice served as resident conductor of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir (2005-06 and 2017-18). She is dedicated to the vibrant future (and present!) of choral music in her province and nation.


Important Dates & Info: 

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020

Application Form

Audition Dates:  April 18, 2020 (Overflow Date April 19, 2020), Dalhousie Arts Centre

Video Audition Deadline: April 18th, 2020

Visit our Website for complete details

Key Contact: Progams Coordinator, Ryan Henwood, / 902-423-4688. Ryan will help you with all things NSYC!

Registration is Now Open for Sing Summer!

Register Now for Sing Summer!

Adult Choir Camp:

Guest Conductor:
Kellie Walsh
Dates: August 17-22, 2020
For choristers aged 18 and up!
Register Now for Adult Choir Camp.

Youth Choir Camp:

Guest Conductor:
Dr. Mark Sirett
Dates: August 9-15, 2020
For mixed voices, ages 13-18
Register Now for Youth Choir Camp

Junior Choir Camp:

Guest Conductor:
Melanie Tellez
Dates: August 9-15, 2020
For unchanged voices, ages 8.5 to 13
Register Now for Junior Choir Camp

Register now for Juvenata!

Juvenata 2020 Registration is now open!


Juvenata is an opportunity to get away and Sing! Come rehearse, sing, and perform in a fun environment with singers from across Nova Scotia and beyond.  Juvenata is open to choirs or individual choristers from grades 7-12.  This year we are again joining forces with the Atlantic Festival of Music and offering an expanded three day event that will welcome choirs and singers from Nova Scotia and beyond. Juvenata 2020 will include an extra day of adjudication and clinics for choirs led by Carrie Tennant at St. Andrew’s United Church. There will also be more social time including a Friday evening performance with special guest choir, Sirens.

Key Info & Dates:

Guest Conductor: Carrie Tenant
Dates: April 30 – May 20, 2020

Questions: Contact our Programs Coordinator, Ryan Henwood at

Mount Allison Audition Preparation Days

Mount Allison University is excited to share information regarding its upcoming Audition Preparation Days, to take place at Mount Allison University,  January 31 – February 1, 2020. The Audition Preparation Weekend is a two-day event designed for grade eleven and twelve students who are considering pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Students learn essential auditioning skills, receive a private lesson, and participate in discussions about career opportunities, stage deportment, and practice skills.

The cost of this event is $60 (plus HST = $69 total) and includes accommodation on campus, meals, and access to all instructional opportunities. A day participant fee of $45 is available for those who do not require accommodation.

Please visit the Music Department website to learn more about this event: Audition Preparation Days.

To register, visit the Registration Page.

Please be in touch with administrative assistant Margaret Craig,, or me,, with any questions.

Survey on the Halifax Arts Community

From Strategic Arts Management: 


You are invited to take part in a research study being conducted by Dalhousie graduate students working on a project to help Strategic Arts Management (SAM) better provide management and career resources to the arts community of Halifax.

As a participant, you will be asked to anonymously answer 15 questions in a survey. Your participation in this research is entirely voluntary. At any time, you reserve the right to skip questions, or to stop the survey entirely. The information you provide will be anonymous and will be kept private at all times. When we share our project findings in the resulting reports, we will speak in terms of overall perceptions so that it is impossible for an individual to be identified. By submitting the survey, you consent to the anonymous use of your answers and quotes for the purpose of research by the Dalhousie Graduate-Student Research Team.

This study is being conducted according to the ethical standards of Dalhousie University.

The survey can be found here:

If you have any questions about the survey, SAM, or the Dalhousie research team, please contact us! We are happy to receive all questions at

Thank you very much for your time.


The Strategic Arts Management: Dalhousie Research Team

(Trevor, Julietta, Jason, Erin, Hala)

Aeolians Singers are seeking a Choir Part-time Communications/Business Manager (Contract Position)

The Aeolian Singers is a community-based, auditioned women’s choir in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We are celebrating our 44th season with our mission to present high quality, interesting choral programs, partnering with other artists and arts organizations in the region.
We are seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic individual to serve as our communications/business manager who will report to the President of the choir executive and work very closely with the Artistic Director to help bring about the Choir’s vision. This is a permanent part-time contract with a three-month probationary period.
The major responsibilities of the role listed here Aeolians Business Manager Job Posting. For a full job description please contact the Choir President, Lara Dempster, at


Announcing NSYC Guest Conductor 2020 – Christina Murray!

We are so pleased to announce the Guest Conductor of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir’s 2020 season: local talent Christina Murray.

You may know Christina as the artistic director of Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble and head of choral studies at Dalhousie University. She approaches her conducting practice through the voice and is known for her innovative programming and her visionary commitment to decolonizing the choral art form.

Christina holds an honours undergraduate degree in music (voice/conducting) and philosophy from Mount Allison University, has done graduate work in feminist liturgical practices, and has subsequently studied conducting with Diane Loomer, Jon Washburn, Michael Zaugg, and Elise Bradley. Also an active and accomplished choral singer, she has frequently sung with the Canadian Chamber Choir since  2007.

As both a former NSYC and National Youth Choir Singer herself, as well as a two-time Resident Conductor of NSYC, Christina is delighted to to be helming NSYC for it’s 30th Anniversary season.

Sing Summer Recap

What an extraordinary summer we’ve had! Sing Summer entered its 42nd year in 2019, with its typical flair for cameraderie and love of song.

From August 11-24, the Berwick United Church camp grounds was home to over 70 Adult Choir Camp and over 50 Youth and Junior Choir Camp participants.

Junior Choir Campers at “Backwards Clothing” Dinner

The Junior unison choir, made up of 8-12 year olds,  was led this year by local conductor Krista Vincent, with assistant Conductor Nelle Callanan. Krista, herself a former camper, founded the Vivace Children’s Choir, conducted the Halifax Youth Honour Choir, and now conducts the adult choir EnChor East Singers. Like always, the campers were given a challenging and rewarding musical experience, taking part in daily rehearsals and musical activities. In addition to singing, campers also took part in arts and theatre activities, as well as a variety of fun camp activities. The choir performed a range of music, from the moving Can You Hear Me?, which campers learned to sign, to the uplifting good vibes of Good People by Great Big Sea for an audience of family and friends at the end of the week.

YCC-ers pose with John Wiebe

That same week, mixed voice Youth Choir Camp, ages 13-18,  was off to great start under the wing of guest conductor, John Wiebe, who visited us from Edmonton, Alberta. John brought an eclectic repertoire with him, introducing the young choristers to madrigals, norwegian folk tunes, and contemporary choral selections, among others. Throughout the week, the beautiful notes of Eric Whitacre’s The Seal Lullaby or the haunting melody of Ned I Vester Soli Glader, soared across camp, lighting up the passerby with music.

The next week, Adult Choir Camp took to the spotlight once again. Swiss-born Conductor Michael Zaugg joined us from Edmonton, where he conducts the Pro Coro Chamber choir, to conduct the choir. What followed was another succesful year at ACC, with rigorous musical education and spirited performance. As always, our annual Talent Show, Hollywood Night, was a major success, with performances that ranged from the hilarious and absurd  to the supportive and moving. The Final Concert was equally successful with    the Choir performing works by Brahms, Dillworth and Faure. In addition, the concert also featured the performance of 4 contemporary works by female contemporary composers: Laura Hawley, Christine Donkin, Marie-Claire Saindon, and Laura Sgroi.

The Cast of ACC 2019

It’s that time of year! Membership Renewal

It’s Membership Renewal time!

You may have already received an email from us letting you know that your NSCF membership is set to expire August 31, 2019. Your NSCF Membership gives you access to our newsletter, member blog, and extensive choral library, and is a vital part of ensuring our programs and activities can continue to thrive and grow.

Please renew in one of the following ways:

Online via Paypal:

Phoning the office: 902-423-4688 and paying via VISA Mastercard (*Please note out office closure: August 12-16, CLOSED for choir camp, August 18-23, limited hours).

Stopping by the Office at 1113 Marginal Road  (*Please note out office closure: August 12-16, CLOSED for choir camp, August 18-23, limited hours. Call ahead to ensure we are home!).

Stopping by the Office at 1113 Marginal Road

Mailing a cheque to 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS, B3H 4P7

Important: If your contact information has changed in the last year (such as: You have a new choir director), please be sure to fill out our Membership Form:

This ensures that all of our information for you is up to date.