ScotianAires is proud to have the following quartets associated with our chorus.
Seven years ago, Marion, Adele, Mary and Cathy discovered that singing together in close harmony was a real pick-me-up. Since then, their Tonic! has been performing for a variety of audiences throughout Atlantic Canada, as well as competing both regionally and internationally. Recently, Mary announced plans to move back to Ontario and Mickey Melanson has moved into the tenor spot.
Tonic! has proudly represented Harmony Inc’s Area 1 region as Quartet Champions from 2015 through 2019, winning the most improved quartet award twice. At the 2018 International Convention and Contest in Orlando, FL, Tonic! received fifth place medals as well as the “Image of Harmony Award” for service within the organization and the wider community, and the “Accord Award” for the most improved quartet.
Message from Tonic: "We've been having lots of fun meet-ups on Zoom while we're physically distancing, but we can’t wait to be together again in person to fully enjoy the harmony of our friendship and our music. We look forward to singing for you soon!"
In December of 2016, two harmony Queens and two music teachers came together to find that they enJOY!ed making wonderful music. Since then there has been a lot of singing, competing, and laughter! Placing 5th at Harmony, Inc.’s International contest was certainly a highlight, but every hour spent sharing the love of harmony keeps this ensemble smiling. Lyric mezzo-soprano, Jenn, takes the reins as quartet lead, with Harmony Queen Jane on bass. Fellow Queen, Judy, soars on tenor, while Singing Judge, Sue, completes the sound as baritone.
Message from enJOY!: "While the current climate forces us to keep our distance, we still enJOY! connecting and singing, preparing for the time when we can step in front of an audience again."
These busy bees have had a few changes over the years, but now lead Sharon Polkinghorne, tenor Nan Bowlin, and bari Joyce Pitcher are ably supported by bass Elaine Blanchard.
They aren’t a competing quartet but no one has more fun! Nan, a voice and piano teacher keeps them in pitch, Sharon is convinced she is the show piece and enjoys every minute of that, Joyce (retired military, legal assistant and current legion member) found a few spare hours she simply had to fill, and Elaine, youngest, still working and wicked sense of humour, is willing to try anything they suggest. As long as they can keep the chords ringing, make people laugh and improve their talent for their good and the chorus, they will hopefully be buzzing around for a few more years!
Message from HummmBugs: "Covid-19 prevents us from getting together physically at this time. Hoping we can soon virtually arrange a get together to catch up as well as sing a song or two. For the time being we are staying home, staying safe, lots of hand washing & of course home singing. We will be back!"
Some things really are destined by fate – and Lady Lyrix is one of those things! These four women are all fairly new to the ScotianAires, but a conversation at International 2019 in Sandusky Ohio sparked something…. Michelle and Elizabeth are sisters, and the idea of singing together had already been a dream for them. Heather was anxious to sing sing sing, and into the room walked Tanya who is known for never saying no! “We’ll just give it a shot” they said.
That following spring, they met for the first time, sang together privately, and the magic between the four of them was electric. Lady Lyrix knew they had found something simply special, not just in the music they create, but in a really amazing friendship.
Message from Lady Lyrix: "We're so sad that physical distancing has stopped us from getting together, and even our first public appearance. But, we're continuing to sing alone, and stay connected digitally, while staying safe and healthy. We'll sing for you soon!"