May 15-18, 2014   Halifax, Nova Scotia

Welcome to Podium 2014!

Can’t you just feel it? Warm days, parks full of tulips, the salty tang of the ocean air as you walk along the boardwalk, and lobster—it’s spring in the Maritimes!

It is the top meeting place for Canada’s choral community and one of the best and most accessible professional development opportunities in the country. This biennial feast of music welcomes choral conductors, music educators, composers, accompanists, administrators, and of course, singers of all ages and stages!

“Nova Scotia – fabulously friendly folk, fantastic fiddling, fine food, flourishing festivals and festivities and frolicking frivolities!  If music be the food of love, come to Nova Scotia!  Share your story through music and words with other like-minded musicians, and enjoy the camaraderie of all from sea to sea.”

- Elise Bradley, artistic director of the Toronto Children’s Chorus.

As a delegate, the conference offers an extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in four days of workshops, masterclasses, reading sessions, and presentations by conductors and teachers on a variety of prevalent and innovative topics.  There is also a cornucopia of concerts, from lunchtime ‘spotlight’ and evening ‘highlight’ concerts, to ‘soundbite’ performances around the downtown, such as on the harbour ferry, in the Public Gardens, at the Museum of the Atlantic, and at Alderney Landing.

Other activities include receptions in beautiful historic buildings, a Podium Pub at a local brewery, and a grand finishing evening to the weekend with a lobster banquet, awards presentation, and live entertainment in true, downhome Maritime fashion!

Concert Schedule and Tickets

Highlight Concert Tickets:
$ 20
Highlight Concert Tickets:
$ 10
Spotlight Concert Tickets:
$ 10
Spotlight Concert Tickets:
$ 5
Soundbyte Concerts
About Podium 2014

Choral highlights of Podium 2014 include:

 Sunday Night – Gala Lobster Banquet and Kitchen Party – Featuring National Choral Awards, tribute to Diane Loomer, revealing our new Choral Canada Branding, and jigs and reels to kick up your heels!

 Keynote Address by Cmd. Chris Hadfield 

 Keynote Concert with the Amadeus Choir, Lydia Adams (conductor)

 Opening concert featuring Edmonton’s Pro Coro (Michael Zaugg) and Halifax’s Camerata Singers (Jeff Joudrey)

 The 2014 National Youth Choir of Canada, conducted by Nova Scotia native, Hilary Apfelstadt

 The Grammy Award-winning Kansas City Chorale, conducted by Charles Bruffy

 Two conducting masterclasses, led by Hilary Apfelstadt and Len Ratzlaff

 A chance to watch Franscisco Núñez in action, rehearsing for a Highlight Concert in celebration of youth

 19 guest choirs, over 1000 singers, 25 interest sessions plus roundtable discussions and reading sessions

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Highlight Choirs for Podium 2014:

Halifax Camerata Singers

Jeff Joudrey, conductor

    Pro Coro Canada

    Michael Zaugg, conductor

      Kansas City Chorale

      Charles Bruffy, conductor

        National Youth Choir of Canada

        Hilary Apfelstadt, conductor

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