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Monday, July 22, 2024

Jeff Joudrey to retire after 35 years at helm of Halifax Camerata Singers

Next season will be his final one leading both Camerata and the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus.

In a media release, the award-winning Halifax Camerata Singers has announced the retirement of its long-time artistic director, Jeff Joudrey.

“Jeff’s dedication to the art of choral singing has been unsurpassed in Nova Scotia,” says Camerata’s board chair Diane Zwicker. “He’s recognized around Canada for the fine choir he created, his innovative programming and commitment to excellence.”

Forming Halifax Camerata Singers thirty-five years ago from a vision of a chamber choir for his native Nova Scotia, Joudrey has led the choir since it made its debut at Halifax City Hall in 1986. Under his leadership, the choir has become known across Canada for its choral singing and commissioning of new works, many by Canadian composers.

Joudrey also has served as chorus master of the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus and trained the SNSC for many years, including performances of orchestral choral masterworks including Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Joudrey will be leaving both choirs at the end of the 2022-23 season.

“We’ll miss him greatly leading Camerata, but we’re certain his legacy will see us forward under new musical leadership,” continued Zwicker.

The search for a new artistic director has begun.

Although current pandemic restrictions have precluded the choir from resuming rehearsals this month, they are hopeful they will still be able to present a final concert scheduled for their 35th anniversary season. The concert, Stories and Mi’kmaq Legends, will celebrate the art of Mi’kmaq visual artist Leonard Paul. The concert will also feature a new work by composer-in-residence Laura Hawley.

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