Nova Scotia Choral Federation (NSCF)



No Auditions necessary and all singers welcome!

November 6 - 8, 2015


Guest Conductor - Charles Bruffy (from the Kansas City Chorale)


The Nova Scotia Choral Federation this fall will again be hosting Canta Mara for any and all singers, assembling for a weekend under the direction of Charles Bruffy.  Charles is the conductor of one of North America's finest professional choirs, the Kansas City Chorale, who performed at Podium last May - and what a memorable concert it was!  We are so happy to bring him back to Nova Scotia!  Don't miss this opportunity to work with him.


This program will provide Nova Scotia's singers an opportunity to work with a reknowned and respected guest conductor and be enthused, energized and inspired!    Whether it be for professional development, enjoyment, musical challenge, it will be a wonderful weekend!


Scroll down the page to find information on the following topics and to register!

Schedule for Weekend
Meet the Conductor!

Registration (Online Form)

Weekend Schedule

The schedule is based on our 2 other provincial youth choir programs, and will run Saturday morning to  Sunday afternoon Nov 9th. Attendance will be mandatory.  Rehearsal and concert to be held at a venue TBA...

Friday, November 6th                    Registration 6:00 - 7:00
                                                     Rehearsal 7:00 - 9:00

Saturday, November 7th               Rehearsals 9:30 - 12:30, 2:00 - 5:00, 7:00 - 9:00
                                                     9:00 - Social Time

Sunday, November 8th                 1:00pm Dress, 3:00pm Concert

Charles Bruffy - Guest Conductor

Charles Bruffy began his career as a tenor soloist, performing with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. Shaw encouraged his development as a conductor and in 1996, Mr. Bruffy was asked by National Public Radio to help celebrate Shaw’s eightieth birthday with an on-air tribute. In 1999, The New York Times named him as the late, great conductor’s potential heir, and in 2005 Fanfare magazine called him ‘one of the next big things in American choral music.’

He has been Artistic Director of the Kansas City Chorale since 1988, of the Phoenix Chorale since 1999, and Chorus Director for the Kansas City Symphony since 2008. He is also Director of Music for Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church. Respected and renowned for his fresh and passionate interpretations of standards of the choral music repertoire and for championing new music.

(The Kansas City Chorale performed to an astounded audience and rave reviews at Podium last spring!)


Music will be available to all singers in October.  Singers are expected to look at and prepare the music ahead of time and come having a good understanding of notes, rhythms, texts, so that in such a short rehearsal weekend, music can be made right from the start! 

Brahms - Op 92 - O Schoene Nacht and Warum
Earth Voices - Togni
Shenandoah - Erb
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (the amazing arrangement KCC did at Podium!) - Arlen
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel - Hogan
Don't Be Afraid - att. McMillan
Prayer for Peace - Knecht
Mary Ellen Carter - Rogers arr. MacMillan



Fee includes:  Tuition for the weekend, music rental, lunch on Saturday, and snacks at rehearsal breaks.

NSCF Individual Members: $120.00  (not including singers from member choirs)
Non Members: $135.00

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


Click here for online application form!

Any other questions?  Please Email Heather at