Newfound Sound Newfoundland's Only Women's Barbershop Chorus

Latest News

Newfound Sound is excited to announce that we are recipients of a Community Project Grant from the Bruneau Centre of Excellence in Choral Music [BCECM], Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. The grant will be used to preserve and promote barbershop style singing for women in the province. Our first workshop will be held in early February. Follow us on Facebook for details as they become available.

About Newfound Sound

Background

Newfound Sound was formed in 1985 with just twelve members. It received charter status from its international parent organization, Harmony Inc. (www.harmonyinc.org) in 1988 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and joined the other chapters in Atlantic Canada to officially become part of Area 1 (www.harmonyarea1.ca). Today, Newfound Sound enjoys a strong membership of 20-30 active members on the risers each week. Teaching and training in barbershop harmony techniques are fundamentals of the group. Strong leadership by the Director, Elaine Galloway, along with support from the music team and all members of the chorus, provides a fun and friendly singing environment for women of all ages and backgrounds. Performances range from regular participation in the annual Atlantic Area 1 competition and convention (AC&C) and the international convention for Harmony, Inc. (IC&C), as well as other local events such as Christmas at Commissariat House. We also perform for conferences and other events with a very entertaining repertoire. Our group is very proud of the many awards that we have received over the years. Performances to support charity events, such as Sing for Care (www.singforcare.ca) and many others are commitments of great importance to us. We love to give back to the community and we often entertain patients and residents in health care facilities and seniors' homes. If you enjoy singing, helping your community, and making new friends, then why not consider becoming a member of Newfound Sound.

Director

BrandenOlsen

 

Branden Olsen is a rising Canadian bass-baritone, pedagogical clinician, and conductor of special promise. Born in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Branden has performed on piano and voice and as a choral director for the last decade, winning awards and prizes for both piano and vocal performance. He has performed in Canada and Europe in diverse operatic roles spanning the Baroque to Late – Romantic periods. Hailed as a “Tour de Force” by the Dutch National Opera coach, Natalie Doucet, and as a “Natural conductor” by Mount Allison professors Dr. Gary Tucker and Dr. Greg Burton,

Olsen is excited by and thrives in new and challenging musical situations. Branden received his Bachelor of Music Mount Allison University Sackville, N.B – 2017 with focus on piano, voice, conducting; with a concentrated focus of pedagogy, collaborative skills, performance, and early music. He is currently working on a Master of Music at Memorial University in St. John's, NL in voice (2018/19) and conducting (2019/20).

Previous director positions include Saint John’s United Church Moncton NB, Mount Allison University Chapel Sackville NB, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Sackville NB and Windsbreath Children’s Theatre Amherst NB. Branden is looking forward to his new experience directing in the barbershop harmony style.

Listen

Bye Bye Love

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Happy Together

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Music In My Mother's House

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Our Team

Board of Directors

President
Anna Tapper
Vice-President
June Cousens
Secretary
Corinne Moore
Treasurer
Brenda Byrd
Chorus Manager
Patsy Kelly
Social and Costume Chair
Heather Vardy
Fundraising and Publicity Chair
Anita Power Taylor
 

Music Team

Director
Branden Olsen
Assistant Director
June Cousens
Assistant Director
Anita Power Taylor

Committees

Costume
Valda Simmons
Music Librarian
Bev Kane
Fundraising and Publicity
Bev Kean and Sharon Rose

Past Directors

Elaine Galloway

Elaine Galloway became the Director for Newfound Sound in 2011. She has enjoyed the Barbershop style of music throughout her entire life, her father being Alex Andrews (founding member and long-time Director of the Anchormen Chorus). Since joining Newfound Sound she has been actively involved in many capacities including, but not limited to, Baritone Section Leader; Warm-up Director; Teaching Quartet Co-ordinator; and Baritone for the Teaching Quartet. In addition to coaching quartets, Elaine has sung baritone with quartets Synergy and Selkie, and has sung lead with a mixed quartet.

Elaine has been performing musically since the age of six around her hometown of St. John's. She plays the piano, guitar, djembe, and has studied voice under the tutelage of Canadian soprano Melanie Kruger. Elaine also composes music and songs for the piano, flute, and guitar.

Elaine and her husband Shaun have three children each of whom plays at least one musical instrument. Her youngest son also sings baritone with the Anchormen Chorus. In her spare time, when she's not travelling with her family, Elaine enjoys golf, watercolour painting, and hiking.

Join

To join Newfound Sound or for more information, either:

Contact:

newfoundsound@hotmail.com


- OR -

Drop in during rehearsal:

Salvation Army Temple
101 Torbay Road, St. John's, NL
Left Side Entrance
Lower Level Education Room
Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Open Positions

Find your voice! There's a place on our risers for you! Share your voice with Newfound Sound women's acapella harmony group.

Contact us by email newfoundsound@hotmail.com or on Facebook: Newfound Sound Barbershop Chorus

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 
Weekly practice is every Wednesday from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. A longer practice or extra practices may be called prior to performances, if necessary. If you take on committee work or an administrative position, additional time will be required.
Membership is approximately $200 a year (lower rates for students). This gives you membership in Newfound Sound (www.newfoundsound.org) as well as in our parent organization, Harmony, Inc. (www.harmonyinc.org). There are incidental costs associated with stage outfits, music, etc.
Yes. This takes place in a separate room with our director on your first or second night attending, simply to ensure that you can "hold a tune" and to assess your vocal range. You will be given a few weeks to learn a simple barbershop song and you will have an opportunity to sing in a quartet. An experienced member who sings your part will support you with this exercise. This is not necessarily a pass/fail situation. Sometimes members are given the opportunity for another audition. You won't have to pay dues until you've passed this audition and have been accepted by the board.
No. Barbershop harmony traditionally has been learned by listening. It can help if you read music, but many of our members read at a basic level or not at all. We belong to an educational organization: there is an emphasis on teaching all aspects of singing and entertaining. We provide audio learning tracks for much of our music and additional help is available if needed.
Leads sing the melody; basses sing the lower part; tenors sing the high part; and baritones sing all the notes in between.
We perform at several annual events in the St. John's area. We perform for after-dinner entertainment, conferences, etc. We may host our own concert or appear on other local concerts. We sometimes plan trips within the province to sing at various venues. Volunteering our time to sing in seniors' homes, hospitals and for charities is important to us.
Harmony, Inc. has six areas. We belong to Area 1, (www.harmonyarea1.ca) which covers the Atlantic Provinces. Every June, Area 1 holds its annual conference and contest and our goal is to attend and compete most years. This is optional, though most members do participate because it offers valuable training and great fun. Occasionally we will compete at the international conference - we've done so four times in twenty years. We sometimes hold fund-raisers to help pay for the costs of travel, and this fundraising is optional for each member.

Contact Us

To book Newfound Sound for a performance or for any information,
please contact us at:

newfoundsound@hotmail.com