Seaside Singers 2013-14 Rehearsals

Join South Shore women with a song in their heart, aged 16 and up on Monday, September 16 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Mahone Bay Centre, Room 203 for the first rehearsal of the Seaside Singers’ 2013-14 season.

Enjoy exploring choral harmonies and re-energize your summer voice in an inclusive, entertaining and educational setting.
No audition is required;  new members will schedule a Sound Check with the director.                                                                                            Choral experience and sight-singing skills are an asset, but not necessary.                                                                                                                   Practice tracks are available for those wishing to learn by rote.

Choristers are required to attend rehearsals on a regular basis.                                                                                                                                        Seaside Singers membership is $40 each term.

To register:  contact  Paula • paula.phillips@ns.sympatico.ca  or  Penny • 624-0866
Sea you there!

Singing Healthfully with an Aging Voice ~ Workshop with Paula Rockwell

The Seaside Singers invites all singers, choral conductors, voice teachers and music educators to come join Paula Rockwell, voice instructor at Acadia University, mezzo-soprano concert and recording artist, music director, and adjudicator who’ll share techniques and tips for singing healthfully with an aging voice.

Refreshments will be provided.  Hope to see you there singing!

Date: Saturday, May 11, 10 AM ~ 1 PM

Place: Community Room 203, Mahone Bay Centre, 45 School Street, Mahone Bay, NS

Fee:  Adults $30 • Students $10

Registration:  contact  Paula • paula.phillips@ns.sympatico.ca  or  Penny • 624-0866

Seaside Singers’ Inaugural Rehearsal

Join South Shore women with a song in their heart, aged 16 and up on Monday, September 17 from 7:30 – 9:30 PM at the Mahone Bay Centre, Room 203 for the inaugural rehearsal of the Seaside Singers.

Enjoy exploring choral harmonies and re-energize your summer voice in an inclusive, entertaining and educational setting.

Bring your voice, a black 3-ring binder, pencil, water and good cheer.
No audition is required; new members will schedule a Sound Check with the director.

Choral membership is $35 each term.
Sea you there!

Long History, Promising Future

The Lunenburg Chorale has entertained appreciative audiences in this area for nearly three decades.  This fall, however, the group will be moving forward with a new name, the Seaside Singers, and with a new director in the person of Paula Phillips at the helm.

“It started when [Central] United Church had their 100th anniversary and all the church choirs were invited to join,” recalls group member Marilyn Delaquis. “That was with Diane Oxner MacDonald. It just mushroomed from there. Everybody enjoyed it so much we just decided to keep it together as a community choral group.”  Although the chorale began as a mixed choir the number of male participants gradually declined due to various reasons until eventually the group became exclusively female.  Ms Oxner MacDonald retired in 2004 and, two years later, the chorale took a brief hiatus from performing due to scheduling conflicts incurred by several of its key members.  In 2007, however, the group rejuvenated itself under the guidance of Jane Kristenson, who serves as music director at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mahone Bay.  Ms Kristenson held the position for five years before stepping down following last year’s annual Christmas concert.

Ms Phillips, who agreed to take over the position this spring, has a long and impressive resumé as an award-winning operatic soloist and choral singer, educator, conductor and musical arranger.  She says there are now about 20 women in the group and they are always receptive to welcoming new members, particularly youth, who enjoy singing and have an interest in performing, whether they are able to read music or not.  “We are reaching out to high schools making a deliberate effort to connect with young women aged 16 and up,” she says.  To help attract a youth aspect to their ranks, the group also introduced a scholarship to one entrant in the Lunenburg Music Festival and the winner will be asked to become involved with the choir in their spring concert.

Along with a new name and director the group also has changed its rehearsal venue, moving from Lunenburg’s Central United Church to the Mahone Bay Centre.  Members will meet for practices each Monday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning September 17.

“We are currently working on Christmas and then moving on to spring, so there will ideally be two concert seasons a year,” Ms Phillips says. “And I’d like to introduce some vocal … education into each practice.”  She says each member was asked in a questionnaire earlier this year what they felt their strengths are as singers and she hopes to enhance those positive qualities.  “We also had vocal workshops, and I think that’s something that we’re hoping to offer annually in the community … not just one for the choir, and for males and females so that anyone could attend,” she adds.

Ms Phillips says she hopes to bring an eclectic mix of musical styles to the Singers repertoire, including contemporary, Broadway, folk and the classics.  “We’re looking for a mixture that will be suitable to all audiences,” she says.

For more information on the Seaside Singers visit their website at http://www.seasidesingers.wordpress.com/ or e-mail Ms Phillips at paula.phillips@ns.sympatico.ca.

Introducing the new Seaside Singers

The tide was high for a fresh identity for the Lunenburg Chorale Women’s Chorus. On June 26, 2012, our name was transformed to the Seaside Singers, following its Change the Name contest. We thank Wendy Keddy for her winning submission, and are looking forward to our next concert season performing under our fresh new name. We hope you’ll join us.

Lunenburg Chorale ~ Women’s Chorus Meet & Greet

Monday, June 4, 2012
7:00 ~ 9:00 PM

All current and former Lunenburg Chorale ~ Women’s Chorus members interested in joining us for our 2012-2013 Season are invited to attend, sing, socialize, and meet Paula Phillips, our new choral director.

Spring Into Singing ~ Choral Workshop

Saturday, May 12, 2012
10:00 AM ~ 1:00 PM
Mahone Bay Centre
45 School Street
Adults $30 • Students $10

Come join Paula Phillips, music director of the Lunenburg Chorale ~ Womens Chorus, Voice Department Head at the Maritime Conservatory
of Performing Arts, and a soprano with the national award-winning Halifax Camerata Singers for an enjoyable morning of vocal tips and techniques designed to energize your sound. This workshop is open to anyone interested in choral singing or conducting. Refreshments will be provided.

To register, contact Wendy Dean wdean@eastlink.ca • 634-3119