Information for members

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:

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact NSCF Program Coordinator Ryan Henwood at

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.


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 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!


Song List:

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


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