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Interested in Joining Creative Voices?

Creative Voices auditions for new members regularly. Before you request an audition, please read the information below. You will find answers to questions you might have before you are able to make a commitment to the group.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be on Monday nights from 6:30 - 8:30 at John Calvin Christian Reformed Church (169 Glenwood Dr., Truro). We have the venue booked from 6-9 so that we can have time to do ensemble practice when necessary before and after the main rehearsal. We will begin the year in late August to pass out music; calendars with our rehearsal and performance schedule; take care of some business and get to know one another.

Music

Our music will be drawn from a wide range of genres so as to keep our audiences engaged and us on our toes. We will begin a library and add to it each each season. We will purchase our music and borrow when possible. To help you with your individual practice, most music will be available in MP3 format on line. This tool will help you gain confidence in your individual parts between rehearsals.

Costuming

Although we may change this in time, our performance costume is: black dress pants, black dress blouses, black dress shoes and black knee highs(panty hose) and this will be accented with colourful scarves. ( provided and owned by the group)

Attendance

We are all women and we all have extremely busy lives. Taking into consideration that life happens and some things are unavoidable, it is important to commit to coming to all rehearsals.

Annual Fees

  • Membership Dues: $200 for the year ($100 a term due the first rehearsal each term)
  • Fundraising: Each member will be responsible for $200 in fundraising but will have an option of paying it out if they would prefer.

Request an Audition

To request an audition so that you can join Creative Voices, please email our Director, Jackie Chambers at: Director@CreativeVoices.ca

Our Members

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers, a native of Parrsboro, NS, received her Bachelor of Music Education degree at Acadia University in 1983. Jackie then continued her studies at the University of Toronto where she received an Artist's Diploma in Voice.

Since returning to Nova Scotia, she has taught all ages in various schools throughout the province where she was a choir and band director for both school and community organizations.

In 2011, Jackie retired after 20 years as Artistic Director of the Aeolian Singers. Her years with the Aeolians were characterized by developing innovative programs and partnerships with a variety of Nova Scotian and Canadian artists, seeking out music which specifically provided a voice for women. Jackie wanted to make music with women in her own community, so she, along with a few others, started Creative Voices.

Now, recently retired from her position as Guidance Counselor, Jackie is delighted to be focusing more of her time exploring performance opportunities with the women of Creative Voices. When not at rehearsal, Jackie can be found at her cottage or spending time with her two favourite people; Ross and Cecelia, and their three dogs.( Colby Ethel and Grace)

Sandra MacAulay Thompson

Sandra MacAulay Thompson began playing piano at age 6. She grew up in Dartmouth, NS, where she also played flute and French horn, and eventually received her Grade X in Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Sandra took a break from music to study engineering at Acadia and TUNS, and practised engineering until the birth of her first child in 2006. At that time, she decided to stay at home with her children and return to the musical world. While her kids were young Sandra taught private piano lessons and worked as the organist for St. Andrew’s United Church in Truro.

Over time, Sandra has gradually moved back into her engineering career and currently works part-time as Lead Engineer/Engineer in Residence in the Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Sandra is married to Glenn and they have three children: Sappho, Molly Maelle and Oscar. Her current musical pursuits largely involve helping her kids with their own piano, choir and band practising, as well as her role as Accompanist for Creative Voices. Being a part of the Creative Voices tapestry provides her with immense joy and gratitude.

Choir Members

First Sopranos

Abby Boutilier
Abby is a teacher with CCRCE, teaching various high school Science courses. Abby initially joined Creative Voices when she was a student at CEC, being a very young member of the choir. After graduating from Mt A and St Thomas Universities, Abby moved back to the Truro area to teach. She was thrilled to once again join in singing with the wonderful women that make up Creative Voices. Despite how busy life seems to get, Abby makes being part of Creative Voices a priority in her life.
Jennifer Crouse
Jennifer is an investment wholesaler and works for Canada Life. Before singing Jennifer was a competitive curler and is a 5 time Nova Scotia provincial champion and Canadian bronze medalist. After retiring from 26 years in sport she decided to sing again and auditioned after being blown away from one of the cv spring concerts. Jen lives in timberlea with her husband Jeff and two cats Ramona and Cherry Blossom.
Melanie Grant
Music has been a part of Melanie's life for as long as she can remember. She's been in choirs since she was a child and has always enjoyed making beautiful sounds with a group. Even now, after years and years of singing, the right piece, with the right voices can still bring her to tears.
Adele Kinley
Adele is retired from Bell Aliant after 34 years.  She has been happily married for 36 years. She has two children, Allyson and Ryan and fur baby Jazzy an 11 year old Jack Russell. She enjoys singing, sewing and time in Lochaber at trailer and spending time with family.
Jennifer MacEachern
Jen is a CVT member of six years. She enjoys singing and harmonizing with her choir sisters. Jen works as a recreation coordinator and loves life with her boyfriend and her two cats.
Natasha MacLean
Natasha's love, time and energy are primarily dedicated to children as a mother to four, foster parent and owner/operator of a small childcare business.  In her elusive spare time Natasha enjoys reading, singing, and a quiet cup of tea.  Natasha lives with her husband Paul and family on a small acreage outside Truro where they are working to raise and grow some of their own food in a sustainable manner and striving to reduce their carbon footprint.
Shona MacPhee
Shona is a music teacher and choir director at Harmony Heights Elementary School. She also teaches private piano and voice lessons. She has been a member of several choirs over the years, including the First Baptist Girls' Choir, Nova Scotia Youth Choir, and Halifax Camerata Singers. Shona enjoys gardening, hiking and spending time with her husband & three children.
Lydia Negus
Lydia is a resource and visual arts teacher for the Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education. Her hobbies include, creating art, singing, playing the guitar, perusing social media, shopping and traveling. She has been happily married for two years, and is the proud fur mama to a beautiful cream point Himalayan cat, Willow. Lydia considers herself a life-long learner and lover of all things musical.
Sonya Parks
Sonya sings soprano 1 and has been with CVT since it started . Married for 31 years and has a son and daughter. Recently retired and enjoying life!!
Mary Piers
Mary is a teacher with the CCRCE and lives at home with her partner, Darren, and their cat, Tulo. She has been a member of Creative Voices since the beginning and loves singing with her choir sisters. Her hobbies include singing, playing tennis, and reading. Any free time she has you will find her hanging out with her family and friends.
Nancy Thursten
A mother of two teens and happily married to her best friend for 24years, Nancy has always enjoyed music and singing. Attending local live musicals, concerts and presentations when possible, Nancy decided after a very LONG break from choral singing to join Creative Voices during the 2019-20 year. Making uplifting music with this wonderful group of women is food for the soul!
Averi Wynn
Averi is a grade 11 student. She enjoys being involved in her community through music and theatre. She has been singing in choirs for most of her life and is delighted to be a part of the Creative Voices choir.

Second Soprano

Heidi Barbrick
Heidi Barbrick- Heidi grew up in Tatamagouche and sang her way through school in choirs and plays. She is trained in Culinary Arts and as an Educational Assistant, but life had different plans, and her love of music and dance led her to becoming a Zumba Fitness Instructor, which she has been doing for 10 years. In her spare time, Heidi creates jewelry, builds furniture and does woodworking and renovations, decorates cakes, and makes handmade soaps and other products. Heidi lives in Murray Siding with her beloved husband of 25 years, their two sons, and their cats, Skittles and Mia.
Jessica Fleming
Jessica is a Social Worker and works as a Care Coordinator with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Music has always been part of her life. She has fond memories of performing in her high  school jazz band at South Colchester Academy. This is her first year with  creative voices. Jessica enjoys running, shopping and spending time with friends and family; especially her two year old niece. 
Cara Kirkpatrick
Originally from Alberta, Cara moved to Nova Scotia almost 20 years ago and she is happy to now call Truro home. She is married with one daughter and two grown-up stepdaughters. She is a research project manager and she loves travel as well as natural history, camping, canoeing and many other outdoor pursuits. Cara loves to see live music of all types and is happy to have the chance to participate as a performer with Creative Voices.
Theresa MacKinnon
Theresa is an English teacher at Hants East Rural High School. She has been married to Jeff for 19 years and together they have five children. Her hobbies include singing, exercising, and spending time with friends and family. She has been a member of Creative Voices since its inception in 2011. 
Ashley MacPherson
Ashley is a birth doula and birth and baby photographer who loves to connect with other women and express herself creatively. Ashley enjoys singing and has fond memories of her time in school, singing in concert and jazz choir, jazz band and musicals. When Ashley is not singing, taking or editing photographs, or supporting women through birth, you can find her writing, acting in community theatre, spending time with her three children and partner, Tyler, or her best friends and family. Ashley embraces the sisterhood she has found through joining Creative Voices and the opportunity to raise her voice to empower other women.
Erica Nielsen
Erica grew up singing and making music alongside her mother, Lori.  She has been fortunate to gain choral experience through CEC Jazz choir, Dal Russian Choir, Nova Scotia Tattoo Choir and a local women’s group, Village Blend.  When not singing, Erica enjoys attempting to make pottery, reading and playing trumpet.
Léa Pelletier
Léa is a retired teacher who can’t seem to stop. Since retiring early from CCRCE, she has worked on contract with universities and governments in Nova Scotia, China and Nunavut, mostly helping to support administrators, teachers and instructional coaches. She is also hoping to begin volunteering with the local Hospice Society this spring. Léa began singing harmony as a pre-schooler at her dad’s knee. There is always a song playing in her head - some she has heard before, but some just appear on their own. She studied piano and voice, and has sung in a variety of female choirs and folk/blues groups. She is delighted to belong to Creative Voices, where music and sisterhood entwine.

First Altos

Michelle DeCoff
Michelle is a teacher with the CCRCE, teaching junior high English Language Arts and Healthy Living. She enjoys reading a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, watching Netflix and spending time with friends and family. This is Michelle’s first year with Creative Voices and she is happy to be focused on singing in a choir again. 
Audrey Fultz
Audrey was a member of junior choirs in elementary and junior high years, played the clarinet in the school band and took piano lessons for several years. This is her first experience with a women’s choir and she loves the opportunity to make music with other women. She is the mother of two adultish kids and lives in an empty nest with her husband and cat.
Sheena Henderso
Sheena has sung in choirs off and on since she was four years old, and is happy to be back singing with Creative Voices. She is currently a high school resource teacher, as well as a musical director, choir director and private voice and fiddle teacher. She also has an amazing little boy who loves to sing and is much better at memorizing songs than she is! She is always glad to share her love of music with her fellow choir members and audiences.
Stephanie Isenor-Ryan
Stephanie is a teacher with the Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education who currently works as the Director of Programs & Student Services.  She and her partner, Brenda, have one daughter who attends university.  Stephanie grew up playing Bluegrass, Oldtime and Gospel music in their multi-generational family band, The Pioneers.  Other past choral experiences include being a member of The Aeolian Singers (Halifax) and Evensong (East Hants).  Stephanie also enjoys directing the choir at Valley United Church.
Lori Logue
Lori has been with the Chignecto-Central Region for almost 30 years supporting programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In 2013 she founded the Truro Chapter of Autism NS and heads-up the annual community fundraiser Walk the Walk. During the summer when she is not enjoying the beauty of Shortt’s Lake, she works as a Sous Chef to her son, who owns and operates a local food truck, Waffles On My Mind. Lori has sung in choirs her entire life. She has come to rely on music’s soothing power to help manage whatever life throws at us.
Lori Nielsen
Lori retired from a 36 year career in finance in 2016 and is currently working part time at FYidoctors in Truro.  She and her husband have been married for 38 years, with two amazing daughters and two incredibly amazing grandchildren.  Music is a big part of her life and brings her much joy.  She's been involved in church choirs from a young age, as well as school band programs.  Lori currently plays trumpet in various bands in the New Horizon band program as well as being part of a singing quartet.  Creative Voices is the first all female group Lori has been involved with and she very much enjoys continuing to learn and being part of such a wonderful sound with such a gifted group of women.
Joye Sears
Joye is an Instructor in the Veterinary Technology program at Dalhousie University and shares her life with an amazing man and his son (as well as two cats, a bearded dragon, and too many fish).  In her “free” time she sings, directs plays, and attends Zumba classes.  Joye is so grateful for the opportunity to make music with a dynamic group of talented, powerful women!
Beth Terry
Beth is the mother of four outstanding humans, Director of Mini Musicians, and member of the music trio Brigid. When she isn’t teaching music at her private studio, or performing with her husband Chris Terry, Beth is volunteering her time directing TJHS musicals, taking dance classes at CDA, or writing music. Originally from Newfoundland, Beth moved to Nova Scotia 20 years ago, and found a new home in Truro in 2005. Performing since age 5, Beth’s greatest memories have been singing with choirs. Being a part of Creative Voices is such a wonderful experience! She is honoured to be a part of a sisterhood that builds each other up!
Natasha Tobin
Natasha is an Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator for the Department of Agriculture in Bible Hill. Born and raised in Newfoundland, Natasha has called Colchester County home for many years. She currently lives in Truro with her partner and their daughter, with a couple of cats and dogs thrown into the mix. She is a musician and a lover of all things music, especially being part of a choir. She enjoys biking, hiking and really anything that gets her moving and outside. Speaking of outside, Natasha is also a member of Colchester Ground Search and Rescue. This is her first year with the choir, and so far, enjoys the challenge of learning complicated pieces. She is grateful for the opportunity to sing with such a wonderful group of talented women!

Second Altos

Jennifer Aucoin
Jennifer is a Math & Science teacher recently returned from working overseas, and she is enjoying rediscovering Truro with her family. Her hobbies include reading, sewing, piano and guitar.
Bonny Bay
Bonny has been in several choirs throughout Canada and each one is unique but what is similar is the feeling of belonging and how a diverse group of people can blend to create an extraordinary sound. Having recently returned to Nova Scotia has yielded her the opportunity to reunite with a great director and some singing friends from a few years ago. She is honoured to be part of Creative Voices, a relatively new choir, and love how they, as a group, can create something quite magical that not only lifts them up and calms their souls but helps those listening feel moved by their energy and sound!
Stephanie Boertjes
Stephanie is an educator with Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education.  She began singing in choirs as a teenager and is one of the founding members of Creative Voices.
Nicole Lennerton
Nicole is a founding member of Creative Voices and has enjoyed singing with the group, on and off, for four years. She is a proud wife and mother. After graduating from the NSAC, Nicole obtained her Bachelor of Education and is now teaching in the Truro area. Creative Voices has allowed Nicole to continue with her love of singing while building meaningful relationships and connections with an amazing group of women. 
Lori Mackey
Singing has been an important part of Lori's life since childhood.  She has sung with various choirs over the years and has been with Creative Voices since its' inception.  She currently sings with the Alto 2's, as she is quite comfortable in the lower register.  Lori also enjoys spending time with her two children, being out and about in nature and challenging herself to learn new things.
Lorraine MacPherson
Lorraine has been living in Truro and participating in many musical genres for over 32 years. Married with two children, the household has seen a drummer, trumpeter, saxophonist and guitar and  mandoline player. When Lorraine is not making music you can find her on the tennis courts and hockey arenas which she now has more time for having recently retired from teaching. 
René Wall
René is a Web Application Developer with the provincial government, and has been happily married for 26 years and together they have five kitties LOL. Her hobbies include reading, crafting, and singing. Her passion is to sing in groups and to hear the harmonies blend and to share the joy of music together.

Past Members

Stephanie Archibald Colleen Armstrong-Shaw Courtney Baldo 
Ainslie Boudreau Janine Boutilier Stephanie Burke
Elaine Campbell Jessie Campbell Tara Cashen
Samantha Clark Sara-Blair Cutten Dawn D’Arcy
Tanya Dondale Lauren Fiander Mariah Fortune
Stevie Gass Quita Gray Holly Hartlen
Monica Hattie Chella Henderson Judy Holmes
Sue King Darby Karen MacFarlane Katelyn MacKenzie
Tanya Mackey Paula MacLeod Nicole MacNeil
Emily MacRitchie Agnes Mayer Allison McArthur
Rachel McLean Susan Melanovich Susan Murray
Sheila Newell Carolyn Nickelo Claudette Priddle
Bethany Priest Hannah Pugh Emily Reilly
Laurie Sandeson Angela Saunders Nancy Spargo Smith
Rebekah Stockley (Pianist) Rebecca Trejo Linda Turner
Linda Wallace Dawn Watters Linda Weeks
Anitra Whidden Cecelia White Jennifer White
Katie Wilson