The Aeolian Singers

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Heather Fraser

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Artistic Director, Nova Scotian choral conductor Heather Fraser, only the fourth conductor to lead the choir in our 40-year history. We’re thrilled that Heather has agreed to join us and bring her expertise and musicianship to our singing. While we will greatly miss Janet Gaskin, who has been our Artistic Director for the past five seasons, we feel confident that Heather is a wonderful successor.

“I am so looking forward to our collaboration”
Increasingly noted as “one to watch” in Canada’s choral community, Heather is currently Artistic Director of the award-winning Annapolis Valley Honour Choirs (regional auditioned choirs for Grades 5-12) and the Program Director of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation. She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Education from McGill University in Music and Creative Arts. Heather has also participated in advanced conducting courses with the British Kodaly Academy, the Westminster Choir College Summer Conducting Institute and privately. An Apprentice Conductor of the National Youth Choir of Canada in 2010, she has worked as a collaborative pianist and was a member of the National Youth Choir of Canada. She has conducted Halifax’s All City Music Soundtrax choir and led the Halifax Youth Honour Choir as well as working as a clinician and presenters for the Perform! Artist in Residence Program throughout Nova Scotia.

Heather is excited to join the Aeolians as they move forward in their next forty years: “Forty years is such an achievement for any arts organization. I have long respected the dedication and history of this choir, and I am honoured to have been selected to lead them into their next phase of development. There are so many great women’s choirs in Canada, and the Aeolian Singers has a special place in the history of choral music in our province. I am so looking forward to our collaboration!”

During the 2016-17 season Ms Fraser will be undertaking a self-directed intensive study period with top choral conductors in the US and Canada; the choir will be led by guest conductors for this season. Experienced choral singers interested in joining the choir should contact the choir’s Assistant Artistic Director to schedule an audition.

Welcome to the choir, Heather!