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Valley Voices for placing Second in the Chorus Competition

and Never Too Late for placing Third in the Quartet Competition at

their area contest on June 3, 2016 


The Valley Voices Chorus, a Chapter of Harmony Inc., welcomes you to the world of A Cappella Four-Part Harmony! We are a vibrant group of amazing women of all ages recognized for excellence in singing 4part harmonies in the barbershop style.  We celebrate friendship and personal growth through music, leadership, education and the practice of democratic principles.  
Following the success of our performance Area 1 competition in St John's NL, we took advantage of the Karen Gordon Scholarship we were awarded and hired Judy Comeau for some coaching sessions.  Her enthusiastic tutelage helped us improve our vocal quality, our stage presence, and our confidence for delivering any song.
With weeks of extra work behind us, 30 Valley Voices members attended the Harmony, Inc. International Convention and Contests in Verona NY in early November, our second experience at this level.  What an exciting and busy time:  workshops designed to help members improve their art and "run the business" that allows each local group to function; social opportunities to reconnect with old and meet new members from other areas;  attending the Parade Of Champions (winning quartets and chorus from earlier years) and the Quartet competitions; and winding down with the final banquet and Showcase of the 2015 winning choruses and quartets.
Our chorus placed 16th out of the 25 participating choruses.  We definitely improved our skills since the spring and are satisfied that our results reflect our abilities at this international competition, where so many choruses qualified that they have increased qualifying marks for next year.  Only three years ago, we struggled to achieve marks high enough to enter the Silver Division and now we are singing consistently at a qualifying level for the International competitions.
Always looking for that unique gift that keeps on giving! Why not consider the gift of a one year Valley Voices membership for that lady you know who loves to sing or what about a Singing Telegram! 


   Comments from our Audiences:
"On behalf of the AVABF Board of Directors, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to you and the Valley Voices for the tremendous contribution that you made to the May 22nd concert “A Time To Celebrate”


The Valley Voices two numbers were both excellent and very entertaining, and everyone really enjoyed them . Your contribution to the massed choir was invaluable.

Once again, our heartfelt thanks to you and the Valley Voices.


Wishing you and your group all the best in your future endeavours."


Tony Stephenson

Artistic Adviser

Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival

"Your songs were outstanding!!  It was my first time hearing you and those close, beautiful harmonies were a treat to my ears.  I was so impressed and touched by your warm personalities and expressive performance. Can't wait to hear and see you again!!"

Many thanks,
Rachel MacLean

"To the Valley Voices


I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for performing at the 2011 Princess Hantsport Tea. Your voices are outstanding, and the performance made the evening complete. I really appreciated your attendance and I hope you all have an amazing spring/summer!"


Yours Truly,

Princess Hantsport 2011

Kelley Carey





The Director of Valley Voices is Judy Robichaud, director@valleyvoices.org  and our Assistant Director is Trinda Ernst, assistantdirector@valleyvoices.org  and our Assistant Director in Training is Pat Pauli  


About Our Director

Judy Robichaud

Judy resides in Halifax NS with the love of her life, Nick Rahr.  Both her children and the other 3 loves of her life, her grandchildren live close by. She is retired now from a work life of office administrating.  Her dream job was the time she spent as an Accounting Payroll officer at Neptune Theatre, Atlantic Canada’s largest professional regional theater. 


She has been barbershopping since 1978 first as a member of SAI, Sweet Adelines International and then as a Harmony, Inc. member.  She was the first assistant director of the Scotianaires in Dartmouth NS when they chartered in 1983 with Harmony Inc. After years of singing and directing the Scotianaires she spread her wings and took a front line director position with the Halifax based, Citadel Chimes.  From there, she eventually made her way on to direct the Barbershop Harmony Society Millstream Chorus of Bedford/Sackville NS and then to her current position with the Valley Voices.


Judy has coached numerous BHS and Harmony Inc. choruses and quartets throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.  She is currently singing Tenor with Soundscape. She has performed in many memorable quartets over the years but most remarkably, 1993-94 Harmony Inc. Queen Quartet Spectrum , winning Gold in Chicago, Ill.


She has studied classical voice at Dalhousie University with Catherine Servant and performance with Greg Servant as well as jazz voice with Katrien at Sing Voice Studio. Judy also has enjoyed singing with the Dalhousie Chamber Choir under the direction of  Dr.Walter Kemp.  When she can attend, Director’s College in St Joe, MO is the place she is the most at home, learning her craft with her barbershop peers.  But Judy knows there is no place like home right here in her own back yard.  She would like to extend a huge hug to the Valley Voices.What a pleasure, such a wonderful, supportive group of very talented ladies! 



About Our Assistant Director



Trinda Ernst


With almost 30 years of barbershop experience with Valley Voices, Trinda is currently an Assistant Director, bass section lead, Quartet Promotion Co-ordinator and Parliamentarian.  As a student, she sang in school choirs and studied piano, achieving Grade 9 with the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto).  She is also a long-time member of Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada, where she enjoyed honing her singing and performing skills.  She has a passion for learning and has attended one term at Directors' College, operated by the Barbershop Harmony Society.

No stranger to community and charitable boards, Trinda is a director of the national charity Sing Canada Harmony Scholarship Foundation (www.singcanadaharmony.ca), which provides scholarships to youth and adults for vocal education opportunities, "so someone will sing tomorrow."  Trinda was also privileged to serve as International President of Harmony, Incorporated in       2004-06. 

Trinda is a charter member of Rotary Club of New Minas Sunrise (2000), now serving her second consecutive term as Chapter President.  She has travelled to several International Conventions to participate in the Rotary World Choir and is currently serving as Canada Country Chair for the International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians, which has its own charity to provide musical instruments to children around the world.

During the work week (and sometimes on weekends), Trinda can be found in her office at Waterbury Newton, where she practises real estate law, wills and estates law, elder law, and corporate/commercial law.  She was admitted to the Nova Scotia bar in 1984 and served as National President of The Canadian Bar Association in 2011-2012.







About Our Assistant Director in Training




Pat Pauli


I don’t remember ever not singing. When I was a kid taking piano lessons my piano teacher decided to enter me in a singing competition because I would always sing along with my piano pieces to keep the time. I sang in the church choir and the high school glee club.
I started singing barbershop when I was about 27 with the Classic Blend chorus from Hamilton Ont. While singing with that chorus I sang with a quartet  named Perfect Excuse until my 2 children were born at which time I left the chorus for several years. I eventually returned and joined another quartet named Equilibrium, we sang together for about 8 years. I also served on the board of directors for Classic Blend in several different positions and sang both lead and bass.
In 2008 I moved to sing with A Cappella Showcase chorus from Milton Ont. While sing with this chorus I had the opportunity to travel to St Petersburg, Russia to take part in a barbershop festival there. We also participated in a singing competition put on by CBC radio. In 2012 we competed in the World Choir Games held in Cincinnati, Ohio where we won a silver medal. During my time with ACS we won our Area contests several times and became International Champions twice.

While singing with ACS I sang both the Lead and Bass parts.

I also belonged to 2 different competing quartets while singing with the Milton chorus.

During those years I was fortunate to be able to have 2 years vocal coaching with renowned barbershopper and music teacher Ray Danley.

In 2013 I moved to NS and promptly joined the Valley Voices chorus of Kentville NS. Shortly after that I became the lead singer in Soundscape quartet. Then in 2014 accepted the position of chorus Vice President and also Assistant Director in training.
When not singing I have raised 2 wonderful sons, both of them are musical, and now have a beautiful baby granddaughter.
I also worked fulltime for 30 years as a medical laboratory technologist. Since moving to NS I have accepted a part time position in the lab at the Kentville Hospital. When not in Kentville I enjoy my lakeside home with my husband and dog and cat.



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