The University of King’s College Chapel Choir comprises 24 choristers from the King’s College and Dalhousie University communities, many of whom are students receiving choral or organ scholarships. 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 five-time Grammy winner Paul Halley since 2007, the choir now also includes touring and recording among its activities. The choir’s first commercially-available recording Let Us Keep the Feast: Music for the Church Year was released in December 2013 and received the Outstanding Choral Recording Award from Choral Canada. The choir has become well known for its concert series, King’s at the Cathedral, which includes a major performance for All Saints, a Christmas series, and a Bach masterwork each year. The choir’s performances have been frequently broadcast nationally across Canada on CBC Radio 2, and their concerts are consistently in CBC Music’s top picks of choral events to attend across Canada.
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.