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Bedford Voices (Junior High School A cappella Singers)
Bedford Voices is a mixed voiced, auditioned choir for boys with changed voices and girls in grades 7 – 12 directed by Laura-Beth Smith. It is part of the Halifax Regional Arts Music West (formerly Halifax All City Music) and exists as part of the supplementary music education program in the HRM. We explore a wide variety of music from many different time periods, styles and genres. We love singing and making music together.
Tonic! Barbershop Quartet
Tonic! has been the Atlantic Champion Women’s Barbershop Quartet every year since 2015, but there is more to this quartet than a cappella singing excellence. Recognizing their service to their barbershop chorus and beyond, members of their choral community have nominated Tonic! for Harmony Incorporated’s “Image of Harmony” Award.
Created in July 2012, Tonic! has gathered a long list of accolades at the Atlantic (Area 1) Championships. In addition to their four championships, the quartet received the Kathryn Ryan Memorial Trophy in 2015 and 2017 (most improved quartet based on score from previous year) and the Karen Gordon Memorial Trophy every year since 2015 (highest performance score). Always striving to improve their craft, current members Marion Fraser Pritchard (lead), Adele Merritt (bass), Cathy Hunter (baritone) and Mary Gareau (tenor), attended the Barbershop Harmony’s Society “Harmony University” in Nashville TN in the summer of 2017. Furthermore, Tonic! finished 2017 with their best showing ever at Harmony Incorporated’s International Quartet Competition, taking the eighth position in the coveted top ten.
Jason Davis Bio
- The Scotia Festival Chamber Music Society
- Farmington Valley Orchestra
- Dalhousie Orchestra
- Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and
- Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Kings Chapel Choir).
Jason’s operatic performances have included roles with Opera New Hampshire, Opera Connecticut, The Opera Theater of Connecticut, Opera New Jersey and an upcoming performance with Opera Nova Scotia. Opera Canada Magazine wrote “A powerful tenor, Jason Robert Davis sang the role of Idomeneo beautifully, convincing in his despair”. Along with his busy performing schedule Jason continues to maintain an active teaching schedule. Jason teaches both privately and at the Maritime Conservatory where a number of his students have recently gone on to pursue national and international studies in music and voice.