Bruce McCulloch

Bruce McCulloch

Bruce McCulloch

Bruce McCulloch

Baritone

Bruce was thrilled to discover Nova Voce in 2008 when his then teenaged son successfully auditioned as a bass for the choir’s youth program. Bruce then enjoyed a couple of years as a delighted Nova Voce audience member. Impressed with Nova Voce’s fine repertoire and the obvious camaraderie of its members, he finally polished up his baritone voice and joined the choir 2010. Bruce is no stranger to choral music having first sung in a boys’ choir starting at age eight, which he participated in for the inevitable number of years. In his teens, Bruce sang with Tempus Youth Choir, performing on their first album. Now Bruce is honoured to be among the company of the fine singers and all-round good guys who comprise Nova Voce.

Ron Macdonald

Ron Macdonald

Ron Macdonald

Ron Macdonald

Baritone

Music of some form or other has been important for Ron for most of his life. High school musical theatre and vocal group singing, dabbling with musical instruments such as guitar, piano, flute, bass guitar and trombone through the teen and young adult years, later delving into the world of  barbershop harmonies, Gilbert and Sullivan and the thrill of close harmonies through jazz chorus and workshops via a local conservatory. Ron has only recently joined Nova Voce. Having attended several of the chorus’ performances, his admiration for the sound, control, precision and magical harmonies, for which the group is becoming well known, left him feeling compelled to join… and  to experience vocal music at its finest.

Phil Porter

Phil Porter

Phil Porter

Phil Porter

Baritone

The son of a Baptist minister, Phil has always had music around him. The grandson of a Salvation Army trumpet player on his mother’s side of the family and a church organist on his dad`s side, he was exposed to church and gospel music from his earliest days. In grade seven he surprised his parents by picking out tunes on a neighbour’s piano during a visit, so they purchased a piano so he could take lessons. He took lessons for two years, and stopped by mutual agreement of he and his teacher, who didn’t think he was applying himself to his lessons. Six months later he became the pianist in the church she attended and he hasn’t stopped playing since. Phil is a proud graduate of West Kings, where he sang in the choir, played in the band, and was the lead in his high school musicals. He’s always found time for music in his life, as the pianist for his church and the former director and accompanist of the Dartmouth Men’s Choir. Phil is a singer songwriter, and has released two CDs of his own music. He considers it a privilege to sing in Nova Voce, and hopes, someday, to be the old guy in the choir.

Don Hill

Don Hill

Don Hill

Don Hill

Baritone

Don is a charter member of Nova Voce and continues to enjoy immensely the experience of singing great music with this fine choir. He treasures the opportunity of singing the excellent repertoire under gifted directors with such a fine group of committed singers. The experience has been enriched by travels which have seen Nova Voce act as musical ambassadors across Nova Scotia, in other provinces, as well as internationally. Don is a retired school music teacher (as is his spouse, Vivian), having taught his entire career in the Dartmouth schools. He and Vivian have two daughters and five grandchildren, all of whom are musically inclined and involved. Don volunteers in many church activities, is an avid photographer, and has been a member of Dartmouth Community Concert Assoc. and its Board of Directors for over 40 years.

Bob McCalla

Bob McCalla

Bob McCalla

Bob McCalla

Baritone

One of the original members of Nova Voce, Bob is recently retired from Saint Mary’s University. He also sings in Seton Cantata Choir and the Jubilate Singers in Halifax, and for five years sang in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo choir. His involvement with organized singing began in high school where Mr. Tufford must have thought he could hold a tune and picked him to do a solo in the high school variety show. While an undergraduate at the University of Western Ontario he sang in the University Choir. Music has always been important to Bob; to this day he continues to take piano lessons. He says being a member of Nova Voce is more than singing though:  it’s also about sharing laughs and accomplishments and sometimes sorrows with a bunch of great guys who all love to sing.

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