CHORAL COLLAGE, our Spring concert

Our 2018 Choral Collage Concert
is called

A Musical Decade

We will be featuring
Wayne Rogers, conductor
Dean Bradshaw, accompanist

Magnificat by John Rutter
with Chamber Orchestra
and Ann Bradley, soprano

The concert will take place on
Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Bethany United Church
7171 Clinton Avenue, Halifax, N.S.

Admission $20
Family rates available
Tickets available at
from choir members or at the door

Wayne Rogers’ last concert. A Swan Song or a Grand Finale?

The EnChor East singers are very sad at the prospect of Wayne Rogers leaving us as our conductor. When, at the more or less chaotic time before last week’s rehearsal, EnChor East’s 2017/2018 president, Dan Carrier, was asked if this would mean that our concert in May would be Wayne’s Swan Song, he replied:

“Yes, you could say that. We will miss Wayne’s enjoyable ways of working with us, as well as all the extra things he has made us do, like going on a trip to New York, and to Ottawa for Canada 150. Right now we aren’t dwelling too much on his leaving, though. As ever before, we are enjoying our weekly rehearsals too much. We are working on some of the better pieces we did in the past eleven years with him, including the John Rutter Magnificat, while he also added some new and interesting pieces to our repertoire. Because of their texts, some of these pieces are clearly bearing great significance for Wayne.” The texts are poems by Robert Frost, set to music by Randall Thompson.

About the search for a replacement, Dan said that the search had gone well. “We had some applications that really perked our interest,” he said. “The search committee will start interviewing in two weeks, but you are right, the transition from one music director to another will be difficult, no matter what.”

When asked how that had been eleven years ago, when Wayne Rogers took over from Elisabeth Manteuffel, he said that that time had been very difficult for the choir, because of Elisabeth’s sudden illness.

“We were very fortunate to have Wayne,” he said. “The transition, as sudden as it was, went very smoothly. He did that very well.”

The concert the choir is now rehearsing for will take place on the evening of Tuesday, May 22, at Bethany United Church in Halifax.

“The Choir will engage an orchestra of fourteen or fifteen Symphony Nova Scotia musicians, as well as a wonderful soprano soloist,”  the Choir’s president beamed. “All in order to make Wayne’s Swan Song into something no less than a true Grand Finale.”

Wayne himself, meanwhile, was loudly playing our warm-up tunes on the piano.
We had to get to work.



Upon the retirement of Wayne Rogers this spring, our choir, EnChor East, Halifax, is seeking a new Artistic Director.

EnChor East is a four-part community Adult Choir (50 to 60 Members) that has performed a wide variety of choral music in the Halifax area since 1982 and has an established reputation within our community…

This position commences September 2018.

Choir Rehearsals are held Tuesdays, 7:15-9:15 p.m., September – December, January – May

Concerts are performed in HRM December and May annually.

Working expectations and remuneration will be discussed with the successful candidate during an interview with the Search Committee

Interviews and auditions to be conducted March 2018.

We can be found online at
or Facebook
EnChor East

Interested candidates should contact: Dan Carrier : or call: 902-861-2698

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Happy New Year and tentative plans for Spring 2018

In the 2018 winter-season , instead of singing with the Second Chance Jazz band in March, we will be performing on Tuesday May 22, singing pieces still to be chosen by our venerable director, Wayne Rogers, but definitely including the John Rutter Magnificat, accompanied by an orchestra.

Regular Choir Practice will Start on  Jan 16, 7:15 p.m. at Saint Peter’s Church Hall on the corner of Kearney Lake Road and Bedford Highway. Everyone is welcome.

The choir wishes you all a very Healthy and Peaceful Christmas Season.

Dates and venues for the 2017 winter concerts

The dates and venues for the winter concerts are already known: Saturday, December 2, 2017 in the evening at Bethany United Church in Halifax, and a matinee on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Knox United Church in Lr Sackville.

At both concerts the choir will be accompanied by Dean Bradshaw, piano, and by the Baroque ‘n Fiddle String Quartet. The quartet will be our special guests as well, presenting part of the program.

Please keep looking out for the posters and for more detailed information on this web site.

Happy New Choral Year…

Last Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 6:45 p.m. (normal rehearsal day and time is Tuesdays at 7:15), the members of Enchor East were all very happy to be together again in our lovely rehearsal space on the corner of Kearney Lake Road and the Bedford Highway.

We registered and worked on our first music. The music is all end-of-year (read. Christmas) material. The dates for the winter concerts are already known: December 2 and December 3, while the Baroque ‘n Fiddle String Quartet will be joining us.