Nova Scotia Choral Federation (NSCF)


CANTA MARA – Nova Scotia’s Provincial Adult Choir!
November 1st - 3rd, 2013

Guest Conductor - Kellie Walsh

The Nova Scotia Choral Federation is will be again holding Canta Mara – a top level adult choir, auditioned from across Nova Scotia, assembling for a weekend under the direction of Kellie Walsh of the Newman Sound, Lady Cove and Shallaway Choirs in St. John's Newfoundland.


This program will provide Nova Scotia's adult singers, age 22 and up, an opportunity to work intensely with a reknowned and respected guest conductor, to sing on a very high level that demands excellence, requires individual commitment in preparation, and will introduce them to interesting and new repertoire in the choral genre. 


Whether it be for professional development, enjoyment, musical challenge, it will be a great opportunity for Nova Scotia’s singers.



Scroll down for information on the following topics and to register!

Singer Selection Criteria
Audition Dates and Procedures
Schedule for Weekend
Meet the Conductor - Kellie Walsh


Singer Selection Criteria

To be selected for the choir, singers must:
    - Complete online application form outlining choral experience.
    - Demonstrate sufficient musical level of understanding, and vocal skill to handle the level of repertoire.       (Audition)
    - Commit to the dates of the rehearsals, concert, and learning all their music before they arrive.

*Please note that application and audition are to ensure the skill and commitment level needed for the music, not to restrict based on vocal quality etc. However, to acheive a balanced ensemble, we may have to limit entries depending on voice part numbers. If so, geographical representation along with skill level will be a factor in the make up of this provincial choir.

Auditions and Audition Procedure

Final Audition Opportunities will take place September 21st at First Baptist Church, Halifax and September 22nd in Truro.

Although it is to your benefit to audition in person, a CD or DVD audition will be accepted. Recordings Due September 20th.

In the audition you will be required to:
• present a piece of music of your own choice.
• engage in a brief music interview, vocalizing and aural skills.

Recording Requirments (Due via EMAIL - Sept 20th)
• present a piece of music of your own choice.
2 vocalizes to demonstrate range

Singers should choose a piece of music they feel comfortable with which demonstrates their musical ability and shows off their voice to its best advantage. * Please bring an original copy of your music for our accompanist and another for the audition panel.

Weekend Schedule

The schedule is based on our 2 other provincial youth choir programs, and will run from Friday evening, Nov 1 to Sunday afternoon Nov 3rd. Attendance will be mandatory.  Rehearsal and concert to be held at St. Matthew's United Church, Barrington St., Halifax.

Friday, November 1st                Registration begins 5:30
                                             6:00 - 9:00
Saturday, November 2nd           9:00 - 12:30, 2:00 - 5:00, 7:00 - 9:00
                                             9:00 - Canta Mara Social Time
Sunday, November 3rd             12:30pm Dress, 3:00pm Concert

Kellie Walsh - Guest Conductor

A native of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Kellie Walsh is the Founder and Artistic Director of Lady Cove Women’s Choir, and Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Newman Sound Men’s Choir, and the Artistic Director of Shallaway: Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus.

Lady Cove Women’s Choir is a two-time winner of the CBC Radio National Competition for Amateur Choirs, in 2008 won first place in the prestigious Béla Bartók Contemporary Choir Competition, in Debrecen, Hungary, and was one of 25 choirs chosen to participate in the 9th World Symposium on Choral Music in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Newman Sound has been a finalist in the CBC Radio’s National Competition for Amateur Choirs, and most recently won 1st place in the Male Chamber Choir Category at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, 2012. Shallaway is an internationally celebrated youth choir. Most recently, the senior ensemble received highest marks in the treble youth choir category at the Béla Bartók International Competition, Hungry, and the more than 250-member group has been invited to perform with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa.

Kellie also enjoys a busy schedule as a workshop clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator, regularly traveling to work with choirs of all genres. Kellie holds Bachelor degrees in both Music and Music Education from Memorial University, in addition to a Masters degree in conducting. She serves as an adjunct professor of choral music at Memorial University’s School of Music in Newfoundland. In March 2013, Kellie received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, an award honouring significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.


Be Merciful Unto Me O God - Mark Murphy
Soila Sariola
Stars - Eriks Esenvlads
O Salutaris Hostia - Eriks Esenvlads
Suite de Lorca - 
Rautavaara 2 - 3 Mvts
Cape St Mary's - Arr: Jim Duff
Music Down In My Soul- Moses Hogan
Mata Del Anima Sola - Antonio Estevez


Fee includes:  Tuition for weekend, music rental, t-shirt and snacks at rehearsal breaks.

NSCF Members: $135.00
Non Members: $150.00

As well, all singers in Canta Mara receive a $15.00 discount to Adult Choir Camp next summer.

Register Online Here Now!

Online application form
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