Andrew and Beth Cranston, Co-Founders/Artistic Directors
The creative team of the Coastal Sounds Choir Association consists of Andrew and Beth Cranston, who between them have over three decades of leadership experience in the fields of choir, singing and music and have been working as music educators in the CBS area since 2007.
Andrew Cranston received a B.Mus. from Mount Allison University in 2003 and has been working with choral and instrumental ensembles ever since. He went on to receive an M.Mus. in choral conducting from Memorial University in 2007, under the mentorship of Dr. Doug Dunsmore, Dr. Donald Buell, Marc David and Kellie Walsh. Since 2003, Andrew has conducted several ensembles, including the Bedford Community Orchestra, Nova Voce, the Memorial University Festival and Chamber Choirs, the Anchormen Barbershop Chorus, the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble, and is currently the Co-Artistic Director of the Coastal Sounds Choir Association, as well as being the Choral Director of Topsail United Church.
Although Andrew’s background in music began with the saxophone, since graduating from Mount Allison, he pursued more opportunities for singing and working with choirs, including performances with the Halifax Camerata Singers, Nova Voce, Nova Scotia Youth Choir, the Philharmonic Choir of the NSO, the Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir and the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble. Andrew had the amazing privilege of teaching for 3 years at the Nova Scotia Choral Federation’s annual Summer Choir Camps in Berwick, NS, which provided the motivation to hold this camp in CBS. In the spring of 2014 Andrew had the pleasure of not only singing with but also conducting the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble (QVE) at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Andrew works as a choral educator and private vocal/guitar instructor in both St. John’s and CBS, NL.
Beth Cranston has been the Accompanist and Co-Artistic Director for the Coastal Sounds Choir Association since it began in 2007. She serves as Organist at Topsail United Church and as a member of the Newfoundland Registered Music Teachers’ Association maintains a private piano studio. She is a licensed Kindermusik Educator and currently teaches a number of classes at The Music Corner in Manuels.
Beth graduated from Mount Allison University with a B.A. in Music, Drama and French, followed by a Diploma in Performance and Communications Media from Memorial University. She has 20 years accompaniment experience and has sung in choirs her whole life, most recently with the Aurora Women’s Choir, Cantus Vocum, The Philharmonic Choir of the NSO, MUN’s Chamber and Festival Choirs, and Gower Street United Church’s Senior Choir. In the past she has been part of self-conducted a cappella groups including Novus Chamber Choir in Nova Scotia and Pentatonics at Mount Allison. She also sang with the Halifax Camerata Singers.
Beth has experience teaching (and participating) in other wonderful camp settings like the Nova Scotia Choral Federation’s Berwick Sing Summer Choir Camps and Wicosuta Children’s Camp in New Hampshire; in theatre settings like Mount Allison University’s bilingual theatre troupe Tintamarre; and through group and one-on-one lessons.
Beth has a particular passion for working in community and collaborative settings, and when it comes to choirs she believes there is nothing more rewarding or fulfilling!