Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Thirty singers from NB, PEI and NS had the opportunity to work and perform with one of our country's finest choral groups, the Canadian Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Julia Davids.  What a great experience this was for our singers.  Dr. Davids proved to be a delight.  Not only is she a very fine conductor and vocal pedagogue, but she has a wonderful sense of humour and although she had a very limited time with our singers, she used every second of rehearsal in the most efficient way and the talents of our NB Chamber Choir, the Canadian Chamber Choir and Dr. Davids were evident in the public performance on Saturday evening, September 20.

Thank you to Dr. Davids and everyone in the CCC who taught, coached, encouraged and shared their love of choral music with the Maritime singers.

Combined NBCC/CCC Saturday morning rehearsal at St. John's United Church

NBCC final rehearsal Saturday afternoon

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


The Canadian Chamber Choir/Choeur de chambre du Canada (CCC) is a national choral ensemble that provides a professional choral environment for Canadian singers, conductors and composers. They have a mandate to perform new and existing Canadian choral works, apprentice choral conductors, and facilitate workshops in all sizes of Canadian communities.

Wherever the Canadian Chamber Choir performs, they are met with praise for their expressive, committed interpretations, and their warm enthusiasm for sharing their gifts in the community. The Canadian Chamber Choir is about opportunity, and about excellence – opportunity for musicians from across the country to gather in song and reach for artistic heights; opportunity for communities, large and small, to share in that experience.

Choral Workshop with the Canadian Chamber Choir co-sponsored by the UNB Faculty of Education and the UNB Conservatory of Music: Tuesday, September 16, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, UNB campus.

Conductor Julia Davids, assisted by the members of the Canadian Chamber Choir, will help local choristers get the season off to a good start with a lively and informative session which will include tips for improving breath control, resonance, vowel production, range and special choral techniques. Following a short mini concert by the Canadian Chamber Choir, workshop participants will have an opportunity to apply these skills to a new piece, “Arching Starlight”, with composer Jeff Enns at the piano.

There is no charge for participation in this workshop.


The Canadian Chamber Choir, conducted by Dr. Julia Davids and accompanied by Fredericton native, Dr. Joel Tranquilla, will perform in concert on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Dunstan’s Church, 120 Regent Street. Admission to the concert is Adults: $20 and Students: $10. Tickets at the door.

During their September 2014 tour the Choir will perform concerts and present workshops in Rothesay, Fredericton, Saint John, Mount Allison University and Indian River, PEI. Their final workshop/concert of the tour will be with the New Brunswick Chamber Choir in Moncton on September 20.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Conducting Workshop

Choral Conducting for the Non-Conductor

Do you find yourself in a situation where you need to lead a choir but you have little background in choral conducting?  Maybe at church or in the classroom?  The New Brunswick Choral Federation is offering a workshop to help you acquire the basic skills to give you the confidence to lead a group of singers.

Under the direction of Dr. Willis Noble, you will learn the mechanics of conducting, basic score reading and how to bring the best out of your choir.  At the workshop, you will have the opportunity to try out your new skills with a lab choir.

WHERE:  Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton
WHEN:   Saturday, October 4 from 9:30AM-12:30PM
COST:    Non-NBCF member:  $35
Member of a NBCF choir:  $25
Individual NBCF member:  $20
Students:  $10

For more information, please contact Dianne 453-3731 or email nbcf@nbnet.nb.ca.