What could be more exciting than preparing for an international a cappella competition? Having that competition come to your home-town for the first time in fourteen years that's what!
During the first week of November, Harmony, Incorporated brings its International Convention and Contests 2017 right here to Halifax, NS as over 1000 women barbershoppers bring their craft to the World Trade and Convention Centre. The ScotianAires, having qualified for International by winning the Atlantic competition in June, will compete against women's barbershop choruses from across Canada and the US.
The five-day event includes chorus and quartet competitions, education classes, gala shows and of course, lots of singing as friends old and new blend in harmony.
The ScotianAires will also be cheering for their two competing quartets, Tonic! (11th place finishers last year) and newcomer Enjoy! when they take the stage on Thursday for the start of the quartet competition.
On Friday the focus shifts to the chorus competition where last year the ScotianAires captured the Montreal City Voice Tait Trophy for the most improved chorus. Director Sue Kember shares the anticipation and enthusiasm of the whole chorus. "The ScotianAires have been working hard to refine their contest songs and bring them to life. Our goal is to put our best performance on that stage!"
Atlantic Canada is well represented at the event with the Valley Voices from Kentville, NS, the Sea Belles from Saint John, NB, and the Elm City Echoes of Fredericton, NB also competing in the chorus competition. Island A Cappella of PEI will compete Thursday in the chorus silver division with the winner advancing to the Friday chorus finals. In the quartet competition, Gotta Sing!!!! from Fredericton, NB is the additional Atlantic Canadian competitor.
If you find yourself in downtown Halifax from November 1-5, you can take in some of the excitement. The chorus and quartet competitions on Thursday and Friday and the finals of the quartet competition on Saturday all take place in the Grand Ballroom of the WTCC and are open to the public at a cost of $20 ($10 youth). You can also attend The Parade of Champions on Friday night (also in the Grand Ballroom) with admission by donation at the door. For more information, see the facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/114926135773113/or contact the Scotianaires at firstname.lastname@example.org.