Affiliation: Nova Scotia Choral Federation
Presentation: Interest Session, Participatory Workshop
Title: Choirs Count! How to use the National Choral Census data
Abstract: The 2017 Canadian National Choral Census indicates that 10% of Canadians sing in a choir. Review census reports with a focus on using the findings to benefit your own organizations. Refine your “elevator pitch” and leave armed with a copy of the census report and infographics.
Biography: Heather Fraser is a dynamic choral music educator hailing from Nova Scotia. She is Artistic Director of the Annapolis Valley Honour Choirs and incoming Artistic Director of the Aeolian Singers Women’s Choir.
Heather is an active clinician and has adjudicated for festivals across Canada. She is part of the “Perform NS! Artists in Residence Program,” conducting choral workshops in schools across Nova Scotia for students and teachers. Believing
strongly in the power of choral music to build community, Heather serves as Program Director for the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, developing programs to meet the diverse needs of Nova Scotia singers. She also sits on the Advocacy and
National Youth Choir Committees for Choral Canada.
An Apprentice Conductor of the 2010 National Youth Choir of Canada, Heather has studied at Westminster Choir College Summer Institute with Charles Bruffy and was
a Conducting Fellow with the Canadian Chamber Choir. Most recently she was the first conductor of Pro Coro Canada's Emerging Artist program, and spent an
amazing professional development sabbatical year studying with different conductors and their choirs across Canada and the USA.