The Harmonizers Took the Train to Kentville for an Extraordinary Competition – Nick Hendren

2018 Sunrise Division Competition

This past weekend, May 10-12, 2018, choruses from across Atlantic Canada competed in the 2018 Sunrise Division competition at Horton High School in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. For those who aren’t familiar with the competition process, choruses and quartets come together for a friendly competition where they get scored on separate categories to see who comes out on top.

This weekend was great for the Harmonizers. Overall, we came third out of six choruses (Fredericton competed as a VLQ – Very Large Quartet) with an average score of 62.3. Having said that, a huge congratulations goes out to the Cape Breton Chordsmen who took home first place with the Men of Fundy from St. John, NB only 1 point behind in second place.

For our performance as the Halifax Harmonizers, we did really well. We set a scene of people arriving at a train station waiting for the train, and then taking a ride on the train itself. The songs we chose were Sentimental Journey and That Railroad Rag. From an audience perspective, from what we were told as a chorus, we did amazing and even the director of the Cape Breton Chordsmen thought we had won.

Aside from the competition aspect, the Dukes of Kent from Kentville did a great job of hosting the choruses and quartets, along with their guests, over the course of the weekend. The benefit concert Friday night was absolutely amazing, and having half of the proceeds go to the Hearing Institute of Nova Scotia and the other half go to Sing Canada Harmony was a great!

As well, the dinner on Saturday night was presented amazingly. From the stuffed chicken meal, to the performances by choruses and quartets, it was a wonderful evening! Everyone came together and had a great time. We even sang late into the evening with the guest quartet On Air who came up from New Hampshire on their own!

Overall, it was a great weekend and we look forward to hosting everyone in 2019 Sunrise Division Competition at Bella Rose Centre. More information to come!