Information for members

Reminder for Singers – September 26, 2021

Registration will continue this Tuesday evening at Bedford Baptist Church.  Come a little ahead of 7:30 so we can begin our rehearsal promptly!

We look forward to seeing new and returning singers.  Don’t forget your pencil, water bottle, mask, and enthusiasm to begin singing again!  

Posted September 26, 2021

Choir Updates – September 6, 2021

Dear Choristers,

After a long association with St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Bedford, we have recently learned that we no longer have the use of their gym for our weekly rehearsals.  This is due to a daily after-school program that the church is now offering.  We were, however, successful in securing rehearsal space at Bedford Baptist Church which is located at 158 Rocky Lake Drive in Bedford, near the Sunnyside Mall and across from the Bedford Place Mall.  Some of the members may remember the church as it served as our rehearsal venue for many years prior to moving to St. Peter’s.

My second piece of news is that we have made the decision to reschedule our AGM and Registration date to 21 September 2021, at 6:30 at Bedford Baptist Church.  Our first rehearsal will take place the following week, 28 September 2021 at 7:15. These dates will bring us into Phase 5 of the provincial government CoVid reopening plan which is scheduled to take place 15 September 2021.  However, we ask singers to continue to monitor the situation in the event that our provincial health authority makes any changes to this schedule. These and any other changes will be posted on our Facebook and Web Page. 

We will be following the protocols recommended at both federal and provincial levels in order to prevent a fourth wave.  All new and returning members are asked to be double vaccinated and masks will be required.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you returning members and as many new faces as you can possibly recruit!

~ Leslie-Ann Stephen, President

Posted September 9, 2021

Letter from the Executive – August 11, 2021

Dear EnChor East Members,

Would you believe that we are two weeks into August and our 2021-22 choral season is about to begin!  Nova Scotia has done incredibly well in controlling the spread of CoVid 19.  Most of you will have probably received at least one vaccination and many of you both!  We are cautiously optimistic that our season will go ahead as planned in September.

We have scheduled our AGM Tuesday, 14 September, 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church. We have been able to recruit a full roster of members willing to help on the various committees.  Many hands make light work! Registration for new and returning members will take place immediately after, at 7:15. Our first rehearsal will begin the following Tuesday, 21 September, 7:15, at St. Peters.  This year our choir theme will be Friendship, Fun and Fellowship!

After some information received from both the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, as well as input from other choirs, we are asking that all returning and new members be double vaccinated (unless there is a medical reason for not being vaccinated) and masked with a mask that is both comfortable, allows free movement of the mouth and jaw but is also safe.  There will be some relaxing on the earlier requirements of social distancing.  Singers will be able to sit closer together during rehearsal.  There will be no refreshments until further notice. 

We will continue to monitor recommendations made by both the Choral Federation and Dr. Strang, our Chief Medical Officer.

Please note that our registration fees had to be increased this year in order to adequately cover our expenses.  Members will be asked to pay $125 per term, or $250 for the year.  This fee is still less than many other choirs charge and we all benefit from the experience of choral singing.

OF SPECIAL INTERESTSome of you may not know that EnChor East, previously known as Bedford Singers, will be celebrating its 40 anniversary in 2022!  We would really like to celebrate that milestone and this is how you can help out:

  1. Spread the word to former members!   Some of you might know of singers who would consider returning just to be part of this! Some of you may have old membership lists that you could scan and send to me.
  2. Spread the word to any clubs, churches, community organizations, parents’ associations, social media, etc. We are crucially short of experienced singers, particularly in the men’s sections!  Please contact me or any other member of the Executive with any names, experience and their vocal part.

Krista is already in the process of selecting repertoire that would be appropriate to our theme and our membership!

We ask you to continue to monitor our website and/or Facebook pages for any further updates.

We look forward to seeing all of you in the fall as well as many more new faces!  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Leslie Ann Stephen-President:  lastephen53@gmail.com

Gerry Mills-Vice-President:  gerrymills14@gmail.com

Carol Anne Hutchinson-Secretary:  cehutchinson@nstu.ca

Don Brooking-Treasurer:  donbrooking@eastlink.ca

Posted August 12, 2021

Tentative Start-up Date for Fall 2021

Here’s the news we’ve all been waiting for! Registration for returning and new members will take place on September 14, 2021 at 7:15 p.m.

Our first practice will take place on September 21, 2021 from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Please check back here or on our facebook site for further details, including location.

Posted July 16, 2021

August workshop with the Nova Scotia Choral Federation

Missing singing in harmony? Or wanting to spruce up your vocal chops before the upcoming choral season?

The Nova Scotia Choral Federation is excited to be partnering with Jason Davis, Lucy Hayes-Davis, and Frances Farrell to bring you A Choral Companion, a week of in-person choral programming for choristers of all ages! A Choral Companion will take place at St. Andrew’s United Church from August 9th-13th.

Led by local voice teachers, Jason Davis & Lucy Hayes Davis, and choral conductor, Dr. Frances Farrell, choristers will participate in ensemble rehearsals, receive one-on-one vocal instruction with a local voice teacher, and attend workshops that are tailored to the needs of each stream. Unlike our usual programming, which is often performance-focused, A Choral Companion aims to refresh chorister skills that are relevant to each stream. While vocal health
and technique will be a primary focus, choristers will also have a chance to learn a bit more about diction & IPA, musicianship skills like count singing, and posture through Alexander Technique.

The adult stream (ages 18+) is a series of evening rehearsals and workshops. Registrants will participate in ensemble rehearsals, various workshops and receive one-on-one instruction from voice staff. Workshop topics will include performance anxiety, diction and IPA, and other chorister skills.

The NSCF will follow all guidelines as set out by Public Health and the NSCF’s own Guidelines for Singing. At this point in time, this means that choristers will be socially distanced and masked during singing-based activities. In addition, time has been built in to the schedule to allow for ventilation of the rehearsal spaces. As we move through the reopening phases, the NSCF will continue to adapt to the given restrictions to ensure community safety.

For more details and registration, visit the program webpage at the following link:
https://nscf.ca/choral-companion/

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact NSCF Program Coordinator Ryan Henwood at ryan@nscf.ca.

Originally posted June 24, 2021, updated July 16, 2021

Message from EnChor East’s President – May 2021

Dear Singers,

Thank-you all for your support during the past year. It has been a challenging year for all of us, in many different ways, and we will face a few more hurdles until we are out of the woods! However, through your continued support and financial contributions, as well as the dedication of our talented artistic director and accompanist, Krista and Dean, we have been fortunate enough to enjoy some wonderful choral singing through Zoom.

Behind the scenes much has been done, which includes a revision of our By-Laws, preliminary work to transform EnChor East into a charitable organization, and the introduction of e-Transfers by our Treasurer to facilitate donations and registration fees. We also have the assistance of Heather Ingram-Kaiser who will continue to update our facebook page and Beth VanGorder who has agreed to maintain our web page.

During the summer I will be contacting the individuals who had agreed to volunteer for certain committees and it is hoped that you will still be able to help out.

We do not know what the fall will bring in terms of choral singing, however, we will be able to begin the year with a more robust bank account and are currently planning for a September 14 start-up. Our AGM will take place that evening from 6:30-7:15, followed immediately by Registration for returning and new members. Our first practice will take place on September 21 from 7:15-9:15. You will receive additional details later on in the summer, when we have more information.

~Leslie

Posted May 16, 2021

E-transfer now available

Great news from Don!  We now have electronic banking set up and ready to go. Please use the email enchoreastfunds@gmail.com to e-transfer your $5.00 donation per Zoom session. No password or security question is needed as we’re set up for automatic deposit.

If you prefer to donate by cheque, please send it to Don Brooking (225-27 Brookdale Cres, Dartmouth, NS B3A 4N5). 

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Keep calm and sing on!
Posted March 31, 2021

Snowy Sing-a-long Snapshots

Posted December 1, 2020

December 2020 Zoom Meeting

Hi Everyone,

It’s hard to believe that December is just around the corner. We’re usually maxed out in our house right about now, with extra rehearsals and performances, not even really able to think about Christmas plans. What a change this year! The shopping is done, no house guests or gatherings to prepare for, and we don’t even have to make sure we have enough concert black outfits to get us through the season. hahaha. I hope you are all finding ways to keep busy and stay positive as we approach a December like no other.

We haven’t heard about any special requests, which leads me to think that people really just want to sing something (anything!!) and chat. Going on that, we’ll sing warm-ups and exercises, review the choral excerpts that we’ve been working on, and then have Dean play a few tunes while we sing along on mute. I thought it might be a bit early for true Christmas songs, and decided to go with a snow/winter theme instead. Maybe get us looking forward to fluffy snow flakes and fresh air! Hope to see you on Tuesday evening!

~Krista

Song List:

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Marshmallow World
  • My Favourite Things
  • Let It Snow
  • Silver Bells
Posted November 30, 2020

Donations

EnChor East is very pleased to have received donations, including $100 from Councillor Tim Outhit; $200 from Ken Shea, President and CEO of East Coast Credit Union; and an additional $200 in anonymous donations.

Choirs are good for the spirit of a community. EnChor East is trying very hard to keep going in these difficult times and making plans for the future. We will persist.

If you want to make a donation to the choir you can do so by cheque to EnChor East and mailing it to our treasurer Don Brooking at 225-27 Brookdale Cres, Dartmouth, NS B3A 4N5.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Posted November 26, 2020

After our October 2020 AGM, we now have a new Board

These are our officers:

President: Leslie Ann Stephen
Vice-President: Gerry Mills
Secretary: Carol Ann Hutchinson
Treasurer: Don Brooking

Other new Board Members are:

Publicity Coordinator: Leslie Ann Stephen
Web Manager: Elizabeth VanGorder
Photographer/Design: Heather Ingram-Kaiser
Ticket sales: Carol Harris, Bernice Pearce, and Jennifer Thornton
Music Librarian: Judith Appleton, Marilyn Morrison
Fundraising: Brenda Clarke and Lori Scott.
Avery Bain will continue managing the weekly 50/50 draw

Posted October 6, 2020