|Type of post:||Chorus news item|
|Date Posted:||Fri, 15 Feb 2019|
The Atlantic provinces, also known as “Area 1” in the international organization Harmony, Incorporated (Harmony, Inc.) boasts ten women’s a cappella choruses (also known as chapters) with a total enrollment of over 360 chapter members and associates. It’s a big ship to steer and Area 1 is welcoming a new hand at the tiller, ScotianAires chorus member Linda McMaster.
Linda first joined the Halifax based ScotianAires chorus in 2006. Jan Coffin from Island A Cappella (at that time known as Abegweit Chimes) introduced Linda to her quartet and chorus when they were both working with the National Research Council. It was love at first sound bite! Linda was enamoured by the four-part harmony and the making of music with so many talented women, not to mention the challenge and joy of experiencing her own growth along the way.
The chorus benefited from the addition of this enthusiastic lead and it didn’t take long for them to also take advantage of Linda’s administrative expertise. Prior to retirement, Linda worked as Strategic Advisor for the Nova Scotia Departments of Community Services and Justice. Within the ScotianAires, Linda stepped up to co-chair the Ways & Means Committee, served the board as a member at large followed by two terms as Vice-President and two terms as President, and also served as Membership Chair. She is proud to have begun the annual membership survey that helps make sure all voices are heard in chorus decision making. Linda currently serves as Past- President and developed and chairs the chapter`s Strategic Planning Committee.
Linda is absorbing more and more about her new role as Area 1 Director. The key functions are representing Area 1 at all International Board functions and ensuring that the Area 1 Council understands and meets the needs of its chapters and quartets. Overseeing educational functions and events such as AC&C (Area Convention and Contests) are a big part of the role.
And in case her role as Area 1 Director doesn’t keep her busy enough, Linda has two granddaughters and one great grandson who, in her words, “I love to pieces! ”. She is also an avid curler, beginning out of the Mayflower Club in Halifax and for the last ten years, with her club in Dartmouth.
It’s the 60th year for Harmony, Inc. and this year’s vision is “Harmony. Stronger”. There is no doubt that Linda McMaster will continue to lead Area 1 down that path of strength. Along with all her sisters in Harmony, we welcome Linda into her new role as Area 1 Director!