The ScotianAires Chorus is an award-winning women’s barbershop chorus specializing in four-part a cappella harmony. Directed by Sue Kember, its 50+ members are a diverse group of women of all ages from across the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Performing locally for more than 30 years, we continue to entertain a growing community of listeners, and are known for our energy, enthusiasm and beautiful harmonies. Our repertoire is as diverse as our membership, ranging from Broadway melodies to gospel music, from seasonal favourites to 60s pop tunes, and from timeless classics to contemporary hits.
No choral experience is necessary to become a ScotianAire. While some members have extensive musical backgrounds, others are novices; learning vocal techniques is an integral part of the ScotianAires experience. What brings us together is our love of singing and our desire to meet other women who share that passion.
The ScotianAires Chorus is a chapter of Harmony, Inc., an international non-profit organization whose purpose is “to empower all women through education, friendship and a cappella singing in the barbershop style.” The chorus competes at Harmony events in the Atlantic region and internationally in the U.S.A.
In addition to the chorus itself, the ScotianAires have spawned a number of quartets, including Tonic!, which won first place at the Area 1 (Atlantic Region) Contest and Convention, held in June 2015 in St. John’s, NL.
Although the chorus is incorporated in Dartmouth, its rehearsals are held every Tuesday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church, 321 Main Avenue in Halifax.
The first meeting of what is now the ScotianAires was held in April of 1980. In September of that year, the chorus held its first Guest Night, with the chorus sharing the billing with City of Lakes, a men’s barbershop chorus based in Dartmouth.
At the ScotianAires’ first board meeting in 1981, they learned about an international organization called Harmony, Inc. which brought together women barbershoppers from across the United States and Canada. The following year, they decided to become a chapter of Harmony Inc., and the chorus received its Harmony charter in 1983.
Since that time, the chorus has grown significantly and has performed in venues ranging from local seniors’ homes and shopping centres to the Spatz Theatre, Halifax International Airport and the Pier 21 Museum. The chorus introduced training and coaching sessions in both voice and presentation and has won numerous awards, a testament to its members’ hard work, dedication and love of barbershop singing.