About the Program

A new project by the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, Sing Out: Choirs in Contact! aims to create space for the numerous community choirs around the province to network, sing and share music with one another. This year, the NSCF is proud to announce that Julia Davids and the Canadian Chamber Choir (CCC) will be joining us to launch this exciting choral weekend experience.

During concert season, it can be difficult to attend the concerts of all your fellow community choirs! Sing Out will allow choirs to perform for each other in a casual and supportive environment while also receiving the opportunity to work with Dr. Julia Davids. Following the closing performance, all participants are invited to an evening performance by the Canadian Chamber Choir at St. Andrew's United Church.


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 Sing Out event planned for March 2020.


Guest Conductor 2020 - Dr. Julia Davids


Dr. Julia Davids, Sing Out Guest Conductor 2020

Dr. Julia Davids is the Artistic Director of the Canadian Chamber Choir, Canada’s professional level ensemble dedicated to building communities through choral singing. A founding member of the CCC, Julia has led the ensemble on concert and workshop tours of every province. She directed the CCC’s 2010 debut recording In Good Company as well as their Juno-nominated 2015 release Sacred Reflections – A Canadian Mass. Julia has led workshops and master classes for choirs and conductors throughout Canada and the US. She is passionate about mentoring the next generation of choral conductors and is committed to giving emerging and established Canadian composers a forum for their work. A native of London, Ontario, she grew up singing in the Amabile Youth Singers, the Ontario Youth Choir, and the National Youth Choir, for whom she was the first Apprentice Conductor.

Julia is the Stephen J. Hendrickson Professor and Director of Choral Activities at North Park University, Chicago. She directs the University Choir, the Chamber Singers, and teaches choral conducting and music education. Julia is co-author with Stephen LaTour of “Vocal Technique – A Guide for Conductors, Teachers, and Singers” published by Waveland Press in 2012 and winner of Choral Canada’s 2014 award for Best Choral Publication. Julia is the Music Director of the North Shore Choral Society, a 130 voice amateur community choir. She also serves as Director of Music Ministries at Trinity United Methodist Church, Wilmette. Julia earned a Bachelor of Music in Education and a Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario, Master of Music degrees in Conducting and Voice Performance at Michigan University, and a Doctor of Music in Choral Conducting at Northwestern University.


Special Guest Choir - Canadian Chamber Choir


The Canadian Chamber Choir

Beginning as an unlikely dream nurtured by alumni of the 1999 National Youth Choir, the Canadian Chamber Choir has matured into an artistic force whose mandate to bring new and existing Canadian choral music to every corner of Canada has allowed singers, conductors, audiences, and composers to come together in celebration of the depth of this country’s choral heritage. Under the artistic direction of renowned conductor and music educator Julia Davids, the CCC has pursued artistic excellence in every performance while always remaining true to its core mission: building community through choral singing.

The CCC offers some of Canada’s finest choral singers a professional choral environment in which to nurture their gifts, and the singers in turn give of their talents to the communities in which they perform. Each CCC tour features workshops for local singers and conductors of all ages and stages, as well as performances of diverse music by Canadian composers both established and emerging. Through these interactions, the CCC has inspired, nurtured, and mentored thousands of choral enthusiasts while working tirelessly to champion the vast wealth of choral music created in Canada. The power of this unique vision has allowed the CCC to truly become Canada’s coast-to-coast chamber choir.

Program Overview/ Schedule

Friday, March 27th – Faith City Church


6:00-6:30 pm               Arrival/ Registration

6:30-8:30 pm               Conducting Workshop w/ Julia Davids

8:30-9:30 pm               Social Time


6:00-6:30 pm               Arrival/ Registration

6:30-8:30 pm               Mass Rehearsal w/ Joel Tranquilla

8:30-9:30 pm               Social Time

Saturday, March 28th – Faith City Church

9:00-9:15 am               Arrival

9:15-9:45 am              Group Warm Up/ Vocal Health w/ Julia Davids

9:45-11:30 am            Mass Rehearsal w/ Julia Davids

11:30 am -1:00 pm   Light Lunch (provided by NSCF) / Preparatory Time for “Concert”

1:00-2:00 pm              Mass Rehearsal w/ Julia Davids

2:00-4:30 pm              Music Sharing/ Mass Choir Pieces/ Closing Remarks

7:30 pm                        Canadian Chamber Choir Concert (at St. Andrew's United Church) 


The Registration deadline for Sing Out: Choirs in Contact is March 15th, 2020. 

Registration for Sing Out: Choirs in Contact is a two-step process. Each participating choir must complete the Choir Registration form below, and then have each chorister complete an Individual Registration form.

Choir Registration:

To register your choir for Sing Out: Choirs in Contact, please complete this form, Sing Out: Choir Registration.

To complete your choir’s registration remit payment to the NSCF office (through cheque or PayPal), and ensure that each of your choristers completes the individual registration.

Conductors must also complete the Individual Registration, but do not need to submit the Chorister Registration Fee. 

Individual Registration:

To register as an individual for Sing Out: Choirs in Contact, please fill out this form, Sing Out Individual Registration.

To complete your registration, please remit payment to the NSCF office via cheque or through the PayPal Button below.

Program Fees & Payment Options

Program Fees

Choir Fee - $75 per choir (This includes the conductor's registration fee, a 2 hour workshop with Dr. Julia Davids, a discount of $20 for each of your choristers and the opportunity to perform for other participating choirs at the event)

* All choirs must be current members with the NSCF to register for Sing Out: Choirs in Contact

Registered Choir Chorister Fee- $50 per singer (Please ensure that your choir has registered as a group for this payment plan)

Come Solo Chorister Fee - $70 per singer

Program fee includes: Tuition for 5.5 hours of rehearsal with Guest Clinicians; one ticket to the Canadian Chamber Choir concert (valued at $30) on the evening of Saturday, March 28th, 2020; Music loan; and Lunch and light refreshments provided by the NSCF on Saturday

Payment Options

Canadian Chamber Choir Concert Tickets

Ticket Options

Adult Tickets- $30.00
Student/ Senior/ Underwaged- $20.00

Tickets can be purchased at the door, pending availability, or in advance through these three methods :

  • Method 1: In person at the Nova Scotia Choral Federation office by cash, credit or debit
  • Method 2: Credit card over the phone at (902) 423-4688 (Tickets will be held at door)
  • Method 3: through the PayPal link below. Please note that PayPal does charge a small processing fee to use (Tickets will be held at door)

Canadian Chamber Choir Tickets