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. In the spring of 2021, Mary moved to Ontario to be closer to her family, and the members of Tonic! were pleased to welcome Mickey Melanson as their new Tenor.
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: “It has been a tumultuous year with challenges for all during this pandemic but Tonic! is excited to be learning new songs and singing together once again. We are full of anticipation and excitement to share our mutual love of music and Harmony with live audiences in the near future!”
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!: "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!
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.
What do you get when you combine the chorus pitch blower (Kelly Cawthra), a Bass Harmony Gold Medalist (Marion Penton), a Lead section leader and dual quartetter (Elizabeth Houghton) along with a Performance Judge (Fatima Whelan)? Cooler on the Coast! This foursome was brought together not only by their friendships but mutual love of harmonies. Officially formed in 2021, their name is fitting for the place they call home and the warm and “cool” welcoming feeling they have experienced living and growing up in Nova Scotia.
Message from Cooler On The Coast: "We look forward to sharing the East Coast spirit in the form of sweet harmonies on the stage or whenever the opportunity arises, especially after the past two years! Can’t wait to entertain you"