Over the summer of 2014, Coastal Sounds grew to become the Coastal Sounds Choir Association, now with three main projects: the flagship Coastal Sounds Community Choir, the annual Christmas Cantata project, and the new auditioned Aurora Women’s Choir, which began rehearsals in September 2014. Coastal Sounds Choir Association’s mission is to promote and advocate for choral singing in Conception Bay South.

The Coastal Sounds Community Choir was created in January 2007 as a project of The Music Corner in Manuels.  In 2011, the choir branched off as its own non-profit community organization, ran by an elected Executive Committee.

The Coastal Sounds Community Choir has performed at a number of different venues, including churches and special events in Conception Bay South, the Kiwanis Music Festival in St. John’s, as well as DF Cook Hall at Memorial University. The choir is comprised mainly of members living in the Conception Bay South area and all come from different musical backgrounds and experiences.  The choir invites new members to join in September and in January. No prior singing experience is necessary and all people enthusiastic about singing and willing to learn are welcome to join.

Rehearsals for the Coastal Sounds Community Choir are currently held on Wednesday nights from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Admiral’s Coast Retirement Centre in Upper Gullies. Anyone is welcome to join, just get in touch with us by emailing info@coastalsounds.ca.

December 2014 marked the second annual Christmas Cantata project sponsored by the Coastal Sounds Choir Association. Last year’s performance featured the Coastal Sounds Community Choir along with Topsail United Church’s Mixed Choir, the a cappella ensemble Afterglow, and members of the Anchormen Barbershop Chorus.

The event was so successful, the organization decided it should be an annual project and the artistic directors began to put plans into place to build upon the idea for 2014. This year we were pleased to not only open the project to any interested singers from the community, but also to work with an orchestra for the first time! The concert was a huge success and more information will be posted here, or on Facebook soon.

If you’d like to be involved in a future Cantata project, email info@coastalsounds.ca.

Introducing Coastal Sounds Choir Association’s newest initiative, the Aurora Women’s Choir! This group of women accepted our challenge and auditioned just in September of 2014. We were proud to announce their name, meaning “electric, colourful lights” at their debut performance in December 2014. Aurora aims to perform mainly a cappella music, and will be exploring three and four-part repertoire of all styles. Future plans include participating in festivals, competitions, and travelling.

If you or someone you know is an experienced singer and is interested in auditioning for Aurora in January or September 2015, please get in touch by emailing info@coastalsounds.ca.