A message from the Lieutenant Governor

A message from the Lieutenant Governor

Dear Friends:
It is a great pleasure for me to extend greetings to you for the 12th performing season of Nova Scotia’s Mens Choir ‘Nova Voce’. As Her Majesty the Queen’s representative in Nova Scotia and Honourary Patron of Nova Voce. I offer my congratulations to Nova Voce for bringing their powerful music to communities throughout Nova Scotia and most recently on their very successful United States tour in July 2015.

Nova Voce has consistently been earning a reputation as one of Canada’s finest men’s choirs internationally and nationally. I am told that while on tour in the United States they sang numerous songs from Nova Scotia. Many audience members were so taken with our maritime music they were going to put Nova Scotia on their bucket list for a visit.

This season Nova Voce will be singing throughout Nova Scotia including Antigonish, Mahone Bay, and Lunenburg to name just a few. I congratulate them on all their accomplishments to the performing arts in Nova Scotia and wish them continued success in all their endeavours.

Well done Nova Voce. Enjoy their performance.

Brigadier-General The Hon. J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d)
Lieutenant Governor

Premier’s Message

Premier’s Message

On behalf of the Province of Nova Scotia, congratulations to Nova Voce, Nova Scotia’s Provincial Men’s Choir, and best wishes as the choir embarks on its fall season.
Since 2004, Nova Voce has built a reputation of performance excellence. The choir has distinguished itself as masterful musical interpreters and a proud example of Nova Scotia talent.
The 2015-16 season will add to that acclaim as the choir tours and shares its unique voices with new audiences at home and abroad.

Nova Voce impress and delight audiences everywhere they go. I wish the choir continued success as they explore original styles of performance and carry on the great tradition of Nova Scotia’s musical heritage.

Sincerely,

Honourable Stephen McNeil, M.L.A.
Premier

Nova Voce Male Voice Scholarship Winner

Nova Voce Male Voice Scholarship Winner

Patrick Simms

Patrick is going into his final year at Dalhousie University where he has performed as Pirelli in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, as well as the short Canadian opera In the Shadow of Rob Ford in which he sang the role of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Patrick has participated in the Halifax Summer Opera Festival in the roles of Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld, Sam Polk in Susannah, and Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music. Patrick is a recipient of Nova Scotia Talent Trust support as well as the Nova Voce Male Voice scholarship.

Nova Voce awards a scholarship to a full-time third or fourth year student who is currently enrolled in a Nova Scotia university who has demonstrated an exceptional level of performance and potential for a professional singing career. The recipient will appear as a guest soloist in at least one Nova Voce concert.
For more information, check our website or email director@novavoce.com

Nova Voce’s “Men on the Move” move audiences in the United States

Nova Voce’s “Men on the Move” move audiences in the United States

It was crisp at 4:30 in the morning of July 10, 2015 as Nova Voce got on the move for their tour of the eastern seaboard of the United States. We flew to Philadelphia and from there boarded our tour bus for the 4 hour drive to Richmond Virginia.

July 11th – St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Richmond, VA – The acoustics were magical and the building’s natural reverb allowed final chords to blend and mix. Before the last notes of Rise Again had faded, the audience was on its feet. By the time we left the church, people were saying now they can add Nova Voce to the list of outstanding choirs, such as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, to have performed at St. Mary’s.

July 12th – Ocran United Methodist Church, Sutherland VA – The choir led music worship during the morning service during which Pastor Larry commented that he felt he had been transported to heaven when the choir sang “It Is Well with My Soul”. Before the evening concert, we were treated to southern hospitality as the congregation provided a scrumptious southern pot luck supper with some of the best southern fried chicken ever! By the time the evening show was over, audience and choristers alike felt they had participated in two very special and meaningful performances.

July 13th – Williamsburg, VA – The choir toured historic Williamsburg. We had an opportunity to recreate a dramatic scene from history around the colonies’ fight for independence, during which some of our extroverts hammed it up as early colonists in the pre-revolution town.
July 14th – Norfolk, VA – Our sister city was the location of two concerts, a promotional appearance in the MacArthur Center shopping mall and an evening concert at St. Patrick’s Catholic School. Prior to the evening concert, the choir was hosted by Norfolk Sister Cities Association for refreshments and canapés, which was a delightful way to meet members of the audience. As a sea-faring city, members of the audience were drawn to the music that spoke of the sea, such as “Ode to the Fisherman”, “Bluenose”, and “All for me Grog”. For others in the audience who were originally from Canada, our performance made them long for home.

July 15th – Wake Forrest, NC – We arrived in Wake Forrest to a warm welcome, both from the 35-degree Celsius weather and from Wake Forrest Baptist Church members, who hosted another wonderful southern meal for us. The concert space was beautiful. Modern stained glass dotted the balcony and gleaming brass was everywhere one turned an eye. The backdrop for the choir was a multi level pipe organ! In attendance at the concert were composers Jay Althouse and Susan Albricht, who have written well-known choral pieces, both together and separately. Mr. Althouse was so impressed by Nova Voce’s performance that night that he said he was going home to score some TTBB music.

July 16 – 17th – Arlington VA and Washington DC – A time to tour this historic area was highlighted by the private tour of the Canadian Embassy, including an impromptu performance in the echo chamber of the cupola on the front of the building. The next day, the choir enjoyed a guided tour of DC and exploring the many museums and sights in the area. That night, we brought the tradition of a Maritime kitchen party to Georgetown as we held a group dinner and sing along at RiRa’s Irish Pub.

July 18th – Philadelphia, PA – St. John’s Lutheran Church – The choir took some time to see some of the sights: the Liberty Bell, the steps of the Museum of Fine Art (famous from the Rocky films), and a stop for Philly Steak and Cheese sandwiches. Performing in St. John’s was a home coming for Nova Voce’s Dave Kalix and his wife Joan, who were members of St. John’s parish before moving to Halifax. One audience member commented that our interpretation of “Spaseniye” was so amazing that it had moved them to tears. Others were taken by the imagery painted during the singing of “Wood River”.

The next day we headed for the airport and home. In Philadelphia that day it was expected to reach above 40 degrees C. We arrived in Halifax to a refreshing 16 degrees and rain, but it was good to be home! There may not have been much heat here, but Nova Voce certainly turned up the heat during their performances in the States. It was an experience that provided audiences and choristers alike with treasured memories for years to come!

Nova Voce Charitable Endeavours

Nova Voce Charitable Endeavours

This is our second year partnering with the Phoenix Community Choir as Nova Voce’s charity of choice. Our first direct, tangible support was purchasing the Phoenix Choir’s distinctive, colourful hoodies and again this year the Board has agreed to fund the purchase of hoodies for their new membership, which is always a growing number as they have an ongoing influx of youth!

Nova Voce is also exploring joining with the Phoenix Community Choir for a “ concert by donation” with the proceeds going to Phoenix programs. The Artistic Director and Music Committee are discussing possible dates during the winter months of 2016. We are excited that Phoenix has a new concert manager in the person of Scott Jones. Scott will be an excellent addition to their staff and is well known as the founder of the Choir VOX and champion of the Don’t Be Afraid Campaign.

In June we were privileged to perform in Liverpool and donate the proceeds to the North Queen’s Nursing Home Active Transportation Fund.

Last singing season Nova Voce outdid previous years in our fund raising for others. Concert revenues from our US Tour in July, whether by ticket sales or donation, went to the benefit of a charity chosen by the folks for whom we performed. We are pleased to tell you that at Ocran United Methodist Church in Sutherland, Virginia alone the donations topped $6000 and a congregation member matched it to make a total of $12,000. These funds went to the Martha Home for the Homeless. While we do not have exact figures for the remaining venues on the trip, there were seven other concerts where a minimum of 200 people attended each performance. Based on an average $10 donation per person, the grand total given to local charities is thought to be in excess of $25,000.

Thank you for your support – without your concert attendance we wouldn’t be able to touch as many lives as we’ve been able to as we bring music and a little hope to places and people that need both!

A message from the Chairman

A message from the Chairman

On behalf of the Board of Directors and all of the Nova Voce family, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our 2015 – 2016 season.

We concluded our 2014-2015 season with our second international concert tour, under the direction of Associate Bryan Crocker. The ten day excursion included stops in Richmond, Norfolk, Petersburg, Wake Forest, Washington and Philadelphia. We were welcomed with enthusiastic audiences and experienced the finest of Southern hospitality. The audience response at the end of each concert was, “When are you coming back?” On behalf of the tour group, I would like to thank our concert manager, Gina Sanford, for her many hours of preparation to make this trip possible.

I would like to thank our Artistic Director Bill Perrot, Associate Bryan Crocker and Accompanist Lynn Pelton for their leadership during the 2014 – 2015 season.
We begin our 12th season on August 26 by joining The Grenville Choir from Bath, England at St Patrick’s Church. We continue our tradition of joint concerts on November 8th as part of the Canta Mara weekend with Charles Bruffy and with our annual Christmas Concert with the Halifax Boys Honour Choir on December 4th. Our regular concert series includes performances in Antigonish, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Springhill.

Each year brings changes to the organization. I am pleased to announce the promotion of Bryan Crocker to the position of Artistic Director. Congratulations Bryan; we look forward to the new year under your leadership. New music includes new arrangements by Scott MacMillan and Jeff Ens that were written especially for Nova Voce.

The issue of homelessness is still the focus of our charitable endeavours. In addition to our support of Pheonix Youth Choir and other local initiatives, our focus was broadened last year by several churches on our US tour who used our concerts as a fund raiser for their own homeless outreach. Again this year we provided a $1000 scholarship to an outstanding male voice student. Congratulations to our scholarship winner, Patrick Simms.

Finally, thank you to you our audiences for your support.

Enjoy the concert!

Tom Black
Chair

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