A project of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, the Children's Chorus of Nova Scotia is a new 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.
                                                                            Photo by Tim Callahan-Cross

(see below for 2016 information)

Guest Conductor 2016, Mark Sirett

    Organist, pianist, composer and conductor, Dr. Mark Sirett is the Artistic Director of the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston. He holds both Masters and doctoral degrees in choral conducting and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. He has won two international awards in conducting: the Jury Prize for Imaginative Programming and Artistry at the Cork Ireland International Choral Festival, and Outstanding Conductor Award at the Young Prague Music Festival. Dr. Sirett is also an award-winning composer whose works have been commissioned, performed and recorded throughout North America and Europe.

Information for Teachers, Conductors and Parents

Music and Commitment

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 19, 2016.

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

April 2 or 3, 2016: Regional Rehearsals
All singers must attend one of the three regional rehearsals listed below occuring on April 2 or 3, 2016.  If they do not they will be dismissed from the choir.  If they can't make it to the regional rehearsal in their due to a conflict they may attend a different rehearsal.

Valley Region (Kingston United Church) - Sunday, April 3rd - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

HRM (Dartmouth Schools Music Centre) - Saturday, April 2nd - 9:30am - 1:30pm

North/Central Region - (Truro First Baptist Church) - Saturday, April 2, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

April 15-17, 2016: Rehearsal/Concert Weekend in Truro
The final rehearsal session will be led by the guest conductor Mark Sirett, culminating in a final concert Sunday afternoon. See website for sample schedule.

Singer Registration

Registrations are done by the recommending teachers/conductors using online form below. Each choir (school or community based) can send a maximum of 5 treble voice singers, in Grades 5-9. First come, first serve basis until we reach our maximum number.  

*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.

HELP!  I don't have a choir to send me, but I want to sing in CCNS!  What do I do?
If there are individual singers who would like to register who do NOT have a current choir who can send them (eg. many Junior High singers), please click here for separate instructions and registration. 


  • Step 1: Register your singers online here! (Form may not be accessible from school computers)

  • Step 2: Collect your singers' forms and fees and submit to the office all in one package.  Due February 5, 2016. *Even though spots are reserved online, late packages will be moved to the waiting list.


Please print the below forms, complete and give back to your conductor/teacher with payment (see payment info below)


$85 per singer (if singer is recommended from a NSCF member organization - school/church/studio etc.)

$100 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 of fee is non-refundable. Remainder is refundable for withdrawals until March 15, 201

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 the responsibility of the chorister's family.)

Concert Ticket Orders: Each singer can order a maximum of 4 tickets using the form provided above.  First 2 tickets are at reduced rate of $10, all others at $15.  (Please include payment of tickets with fees.)   Concert usually sells out - don't wait until later!


Option 1: Please submit cheque or money order with your forms to your conductor/teacher. NO CASH will be accepted.

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

Option 2:  With Paypal below:

CCNS Registration

Photos and Video

2011 Photo Galleries now up for viewing!

Videos below!

Everybody Sing - Brian Tate 2014

Klee Wyck - Brian Tate 2014

Java Jazz - Brian Tate 2014

 Bonny Wood Green - Stephen Hatfield 2011

El Cielo Canta Alegria  - Pablo Sosa arr. Roger Bergs