Welcome to the Cape Breton Chorale website!

50 years

The Cape Breton Chorale has been thrilling audiences since its formation fifty years ago. The Chorale has given more than 200 performances throughout the Maritimes, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

The Chorale has shared the stage with a variety of musical stars, ranging from Celine Dion to Rita MacNeil and has performed before numerous visiting dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II.


Audition for the Cape Breton Chorale!

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The Cape Breton Chorale celebrates 50 years of music-making in the 2023-2024 season!

Our 50th Anniversary year will begin on Thursday, August 31, 2023, and continue until the end May 2024. We are planning an exciting season of singing our own classics, along with some traditional choral repertoire and some new works. Come sing with us!

We welcome auditions from experienced or trainable singers who fit a combination of the following criteria:

• Some experience singing vocal harmony, either in choral settings or in productions.
• Understanding of some basics of vocal technique or demonstrated vocal confidence in
your audition performance.
• Openness to learning different styles of music in an ensemble setting.

Important assets to the Chorale include:

• Commitment to rehearsals and performance schedules.
• Willingness to study and learn concert music outside of rehearsal – independently or with
rehearsal aids.
• Openness to learning new skills and expanding upon existing skills (vocal, aural, rhythm,
reading, movement).

For your Cape Breton Chorale audition:

• We'll send you a short choral excerpt to learn in advance of the audition.
• Please sing a short solo; a 30-60 second excerpt of a piece in any comfortable style.
• An accompanist will be provided, or you may sing a capella.
• We will check your musicianship skills, and your range with some simple vocal patterns.

Auditions are in Sydney, NS on Wednesday August 30 and 31, 2023.

Please contact us to arrange an audition!

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Phone – 902 968 9041 

Summer 2023

June 17, 2023

Midsummer Music Series, Baddeck

Baddeck 2023

The Midsummer Music Series is proud to present the Cape Breton Chorale

When: June 17, 2023 at 7:30 PM, Doors open at 7:00 PM

Where: Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, 559 Chebucto St, Baddeck,

Tickets: $25. Available At the Flying Kite Shop in Baddeck or at the door.

Volunteer Opportunity

Call for Board Members

Cape Breton Chorale Society is seeking volunteer Board Members

The Cape Breton Chorale is one of Nova Scotia’s most important choral groups, having
premiered and recorded many of the first choral arrangements of many beloved Nova Scotia
songs. The Chorale was initiated in 1973 by Sr. Rita Clare (1933-2017), music educator, choral
specialist, and School Board arts consultant.

The Chorale is excited to be planning a celebration of its 50-year Anniversary for the coming
2023-2024 season!

Based in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and holding its administrative and rehearsal
activities in Sydney, the Chorale is a not-for-profit organization with charitable status seeking to
provide greater support for its organization at the Board level as it moves into a new phase of
artistic performance.

The priorities of this volunteer search are:
  • to expand the administrative skill of the organization,
  • to increase efficiency in its operations,
  • to continue to build a socially and financially sustainable and resilient not-for-profit society.

Board Members support the activities of the Chorale, and the overall operations of the society.
They are expected to assist in meeting the mandate of the society and to work in support of the
artistic objectives of the choir.

Responsibilities and Expectations
  • Attend regular Board meetings, 8-10 per year.
  • Serve on committees based on areas of expertise and/or interest, by attending meetings
    and carrying out the work of those committees.
  • Provide proactive service, governance, and insight in areas of expertise in consultation
    with other key members of the organization.
  • Serve a two-year term as a Board Member.
Qualifications and Skills

We are looking for people with experience in one or more of the following areas:

Administration, governance, accounting, performing arts management, leadership, creative
marketing, media relations, fundraising, strategic planning, EDIA initiatives.

Please send your name and contact information along with a letter of interest to
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 5th, 2023

A PDF version of this notice is available here