Boo! everyone

Boo! everyone,

Normally we look forward to seeing everyone’s familiar face at rehearsals however this coming Saturday, may you be unrecognizable due to the cleverness of your Halloween disguise. You’ll have to share your Halloween candy in spirit and make sure your costume doesn’t cramp your diaphragm. So scary.

Many thanks to all of you who purchased, organized, and will be delivering those delicious Nova Scotia blueberries. Last I heard, we’ve managed to sell 15 cases. And the math on that is 1 case contains 6 bags, 6 times 15 cases equals 90 bags. . . . So the choir coffers have improved by $810 dollars. Nice.

All interested participants in the following workshops need to let us know soon. Piper’s is coming up fast so drop us a line at Additionally, if one of you out there is interested in the November 7th session but needs help with the fee, a generous co-chorister has contributed your fee.

Somatic Voice: Powerful Voice Techniques for Mind Body Connection, Sunday November 7th, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Hosted by Piper Hayes.

Workshop Description provided by Piper:

“We are not necessarily taught how to speak or sing powerfully. In fact, we often do many things to suppress our vocal power. The voice and how we use it can connect us with some of the most vulnerable aspects of self-expression, and with each other. This workshop is all about ‘vocal empowerment’; uncovering the physiological, technical, emotional and spiritual aspects of our voice, in order to reach a fuller expression. Gain comprehensive experience of the body, sound production and practical techniques to help you best utilize your voice as an instrument of both physical and emotional power. This workshop is for all who wish to learn a holistic approach to vocal expression. No experience necessary.”
Website: Cost is $40 or PWYC. To register, please contact

Music Theory Workshop, Sunday November 21st, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Hosted by Emma Moss.

Emma has kindly provided the details below:

“If you are looking to enhance your reading abilities, or to begin on your path in learning how to read music, this two-hour session will be of great benefit to you! This Theory Workshop, run by yours truly, is being offered on November 21st from 1-3pm via Zoom. Having studied theory from a very young age at university and RCM ARCT Honours level, and alongside teaching music theory, harmony, analysis, and history for years, as well as being a live and working notating composer and conductor, I will be happy to fill in any gaps you may have in the realm of music theory. In this course, you will have the opportunity to engage in reading music in various clefs, learn about the anatomy of sheet music, rhythms + rest and note values, scales, time signatures, accidentals, intervals, chords, and will be engaging in ear training practice. If you have always wanted to enhance your ability to engage with sheet music, this is your chance to ask questions, seek explanations, and practice these concepts in a fun, engaging, and intensive manner. We hope that you will join us on November 21st for this deep dive into the World of Music Theory! (Cost per person is $40 or PWYC for one two-hour intensive session. To register, please send a notice of your interest to (Workshop will run with minimum of 4 participants) This workshop is open to the public as well as choir membership – so invite a friend!”

Newfoundland cookie fundraiser. If you think fellow chorister Bill Nesbitt is only famous for his beard – thing again. He bakes! These make great gifts and a lovely addition to the holiday spread. We will have sign up launching soon, more details to follow.

We need volunteers to help guide the re-opening and growth of the choir. Yes, you heard right – it currently appears that live rehearsals will be possible for our winter term. Yea!!!! So we need help with a new venue search, dusting off our music sheet library, increasing our membership, venue setup/tear down, and other tasks we encounter, so drop us a line at

If you have not yet come forth with some money, honey – do it now!. We’re suggesting $150/term or PWYC (pay what you can) and will provide a tax receipt for any amount received above $75. We’re treading on thin ice financially but like many institutions challenged by Covid – we can at least see the shoreline. Anything (we’re serious about PWYC) you can manage to contribute will help us continue. Send an e-transfer to today!


Brenda Atkinson


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