Berwick campground alive with the sound of music

Nancy Kelly
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Heather Fraser, at right,  is program director for the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, which returned to Berwick's United Church Campground to host its annual Summer Sing camps for youth and adults. 

For the past few weeks Berwick’s United Church campgrounds have been alive with the sounds of music and voices raised in song.

As it has for more than 20 years, the Nova Scotia Choral Federation returned to the campground to host its 2014 Sing Summer choral camps. The week of Aug. 4 was for junior campers, aged eight to 13, followed by a week for youth between the ages of 13 and 18.

Aug. 18, the adult group moved in for a week of vocal workshops and training, rehearsals and fellowship among those who love to sing.

“It’s wonderful to be back here, it’s not summer without choir camp,” said choral federation program director Heather Fraser of the camp’s collegial atmosphere that is like “old home week.”

“ So many people come back year after year.”

This year’s adult camp was conducted by Morna Edmunson, director of Vancouver’s Elektra Women’s Choir. Junior and youth week conductors were Manitoba-based Millie and Ed Hildebrand.

Fraser said the camp is fortunate to draw on “such amazing talent” to lead the camps, adding the NSCF is “really well connected to the Canadian choral community.”

The final week of camp wraps up Aug. 23 with a concert in the campground’s outdoor pavilion from 2 to 3 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Fraser said the concert, featuring the talents of the 57 adult campers and musicians, will offer an eclectic mix of musical styles that will appeal to all tastes and offer a glimpse into the Sing Summer camp experience.

“Singing everyday under the hemlocks. Yes, this is a pretty happy place,” concluded Fraser. 


Organizations: Nova Scotia Choral Federation, United Church, Millie

Geographic location: Vancouver

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