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A project of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, the Children's Chorus of Nova Scotia (CCNS) is a program where talented singers in grades 5-9 are provided with a challenging opportunity to achieve choral excellence. Selected from all over the province, singers will get to work with a team of musicians who are respected in Nova Scotia and across Canada, making this an exceptional learning experience.

Given the circumstances we all find ourselves in due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that the Nova Scotia Choral Federation has decided to cancel the Children’s Chorus of Nova Scotia event planned for April.

Guest Conductor 2020, Dr. Susan Brumfield

Dr. Susan Brumfield, CCNS Guest Conductor 2020

Dr. Susan Brumfield is Professor of Music Education at Texas Tech University, and holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. She is known throughout the United States and Europe as a clinician, consultant, author, composer, arranger and choral conductor. An internationally recognized expert in the Kodály approach, Dr. Brumfield is the author of First, We Sing! Kodály-Inspired Teaching in the Music Classroom (Hal Leonard), a set of Kodály-based of curriculum and resource materials for K-5 music.

Founder and Artistic Director of The West Texas Children’s Chorus, Dr. Brumfield is also in frequent demand throughout the world as a commissioned composer and guest conductor. Her choral music is published with Hal Leonard Music, Colla Voce Music and BriLee/Carl Fischer, and includes more than forty titles. With four choirs consisting of singers from Kindergarten through college, the West Texas Children’s Chorus organization serves children throughout the South Plains area, and serves as a teaching lab for TTU Music Education students. In addition to performances with the Texas Tech University Choirs, the Lubbock Chorale and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the choirs have performed at the Texas Music Educators’ Conference, national conferences of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and the American Orff Schulwerk Association, and has been featured in concerts at Carnegie Hall and other prestigious venues in NYC. The choir travels throughout the US on its bi-annual tours. For more information about The West Texas Children's Chorus, please visit

Dr. Brumfield was honored in both 2012 and 2014 with the Texas Tech University College of Visual and Performing Arts Award for Outstanding Research, and as a two-time finalist for the President’s Book Award. In 2015, Dr. Brumfield was the recipient of the Louisiana Tech University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.


Music will be mostly SA with some SSA repertoire, chosen by the guest conductor. The program is designed to be fun, accessible, but also challenging, to encourage the singers to higher levels of music making than what they normally get in a school choir setting.

Singers are expected to learn their music on their own, with help from their music teachers. Singers will be provided with online practice recordings to help them learn their parts. Notes, words and rhythms should be in place before the regional rehearsal. All music and materials will be delivered to the conductors of the selected singers by February 14, 2020.


All choristers must be able to commit to the following dates: (all rehearsals and performances are mandatory).

Regional Rehearsals

All singers must attend one of the three regional rehearsals listed below. If they do not they will be dismissed from the choir. If a chorister has a sudden conflict, they may attend a different rehearsal.


Halifax Regional Municipality:
1:00- 5:00 pm
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Faith City Church
6225 Summit St, Halifax, NS
B3L 1R6
Valley/South Region:
1:00- 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Kingston United Church
733 Main St, Kingston, NS
B0P 1R0
North/Central Region:
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 8, 2020
First United Church
711 Prince St, Truro, NS
B2N 5C1

Rehearsal/Concert Weekend in Halifax

April 3-5, 2020
St. Andrew's United Church
6036 Coburg Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 1Y9

The final rehearsal session will be led by the guest conductor Dr. Susan Brumfield, culminating in a final concert Sunday afternoon. See website for sample schedule.

RegistrationPayment OptionsImportant DocumentsPractice Tracks

Registration for CCNS is a two-step process. *Registration Deadline extended to February 7, 2020!*

Step 1: Conductor/ Music Teacher Recommendation

Please fill out our Conductors Recommendation Form.  This must be completed by February 7, 2020 and should include the names of the singers you are recommending (max. 10 choristers). Parents are responsible for filling out the individual registration form below in Step 2. Registration is first come-first serve.

Choirs sending singers must be or become members of the NSCF. There are many benefits to becoming a member - especially discounts for your singers! Click here to apply online for membership.

Step 2: Individual Registration

Once you have been recommended by your teacher (or if you are registering without sponsorship from a choir), each chorister must complete out an Individual Online Registration Form. This must be completed in its entirety (3 sectionns). Online forms and payment must be received by February 7, 2020.

For more information on Payment, please refer to the Payment Options tab.

To review the consent information, please refer to "CCNS Consent Information" found under the Important Documents tab.

Program Fee:

$95 per singer (if singer is recommended from a NSCF member organization - school/church/studio etc.)

$110 per singer (for singers who do not have a choir to recommend them. This fee also provides the individual with a student membership to the NSCF.)

*Please note: $35 adminstration portion of fee is non-refundable. Remainder is refundable for withdrawals until February 28, 2020.

Program fee includes: Tuition for 16 hours of rehearsal, Music Loan, T-shirt, plus 2 lunches and snacks provided on final rehearsal weekend. (Travel, Accommodations, Breakfasts/Suppers, and Night Time supervision are the responsibility of the chorister’s family.)

Concert Ticket Orders:

Each singer can pre-order a maximum of 5 tickets using the Individual Online Registration Form. First 2 tickets are at reduced rate of $15 until March 20, 2020,  all others at $20. (Please include payment of tickets with fees.) Concert usually sells out - don't wait until later! All Tickets at the door will be $20. After April 1, 2020 tickets may only be purchased at the door.

To purchase tickets online, use the PayPal button below.

Payment Options

Option 1: Please submit cheque or money order to the NSCF. Cheques should included CCNS and the name of your child in the memo line.
Note: Some conductors may wish to or offer to send the cheques in a group. Please check with your conductor if this is the case otherwise, please send cheques on their own.

Cheques should be made out to "Nova Scotia Choral Federation" (with "CCNS" and "child's name" in the Memo line)

Option 2:  With PayPal below (Please note that you will have to return to this webpage to add tickets to your cart if you wish to purchase these at the same time as your registration):

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