The King’s College Chapel Choir is modeled on the chapel choirs of Cambridge and Oxford. It comprises 24 choristers who are selected through auditions, which are open to all students of the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University. The choir’s primary function is to sing at the weekly Evensongs and Eucharists in the King’s College Chapel, as well as other major services throughout the academic year. Directed by Paul Halley since 2007, the choir now includes touring and recording among its activities. The choir is also known for its annual concert series, King’s at the Cathedral, which includes a For All The Saints programme, the December series of A King’s Christmas concerts, and performances of a Bach choral masterwork each spring.
The choir at King's has had a long history and was very active in the 1950s. In the early 1970s, Dr Robert Crouse put together a group of singers to lead the worship at the Thursday eucharists at King’s. Since that time, the choir has expanded its role, having sung under the direction of several notable conductors, including Helen Roby, David Buley, and Dr Walter Kemp.
Paul Halley was appointed director of music in July 2007. Since then, he has built the group into a fine ensemble, which now includes touring and recording among its activities. Halley says of the choir: “It is my hope that, over time, prospective students will view the chapel choir as one of the reasons to attend university in Halifax. There’s really nothing quite like the training a fine collegiate chapel choir can offer. You get through so much first-rate music, just in one week—all the anthems, motets, mass settings, canticles, psalms, and hymns—that your musical literacy increases at a phenomenal rate.”
Paul Halley is pleased to meet and hear prospective candidates at any time of year. It is recommended that potential choristers submit a recording of a sacred piece of music along with a brief description of any previous choral experience. Based on this material, an audition will be set up at a time that is mutually convenient, between September and July of the year prior to the candidate's entry to King's.
Recordings and accompanying material can be submitted electronically to Paul Halley or by mail to Paul Halley, Director of Music, University of King's College, 6350 Coburg Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2A1.
For more information, please contact the choir manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, 902.422.1270 ext. 141.