Nova Scotia Youth Choir Wrap Up
And that’s a wrap!
Nova Scotia Youth Choir has completed it’s 29th year!
Comprised of 36 singers, the annual auditioned Choir met for the first time at the June Rehearsal Weekend in Halifax, for three days of singing under the guidance of our resident conductors Gary Ewer and Pamela Burton, and collaborative pianist Mary Castello. They then reconvened in August, for a three day singing intensive in the beautiful and serene Berwick United Church Camp, where they learned new vocal techniques from local voice teachers, dived into repertoire from a wide range of styles, and made lasting friendships. In the final rehearsal and concert weekend, the singers were joined by Guest Conductor Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, who polished and refined their hard work, culminating in three fantastic concerts: with a splendid series of concerts in Tatamagouche, New Glasgow, and Halifax, from September 21st to the 22nd, 2019.
The concert featured stunning solos by Molly Anderson, Kaitlin Comeau, Margaret Currie, Shannon MacKay, Mackenzie Rodgerson, Taylor MacDonald and Morgan Lynch. Repertoire ranged from madrigals and motets of the Renaissance Period, to the beautiful contemporary choral music of Erik Essenvalds and Sarah Quartel. We also brought back our apprentice pianist program, and our apprentice was Ev Tanner, a third year student of Music Education at Acadia University. Ev had the pleasure of joining Mary Castello for a piano four hands rendition of “O Whistle and I’ll Come to Ye,” a traditional Scottish folk song.
Stay Tuned for news about next year’s (2020!) 30th Anniversary Program!