Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Artistic Director:  Heather Fraser

Heather (B.M. Piano Performance, Acadia 2001; B.Ed, McGill 2004) is a dynamic and energetic music educator specializing in choral activities.    She is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Annapolis Valley Honour Choirs (Grades 5-12).  Previous conducting engagements have included the Halifax Regional School Board All City Music’s ensembles, including “Soundtrax” the high school honour choir, resident conductor of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir, apprentice conductor of Concerto Della Donna (Montreal), and the Thomas’s Preparatory School Choirs and Choral Society (London, UK). She has also prepared choirs for Symphony Nova Scotia, including a recording project with the Children’s Chorus of Nova Scotia with SNS and CBC.

As a clinician, Heather has presented for the Nova Scotia Music Educator’s Association, the Nova Scotia Choral Federation and has adjudicated for the New Brunswick Competitive Music Festival and Atlantic Music Festival.  She is active with the “Perform NS! - Artists in Residence Program,” conducting workshops across Nova Scotia on choral methods for both students and teachers, and initiating and developing the “Singing Schools” program for Junior High schools without choral programs.

Believing strongly in the power of choral music to create and build community, Heather is also privileged to serve as Program Director for the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, developing and coordinating programs to meet the diverse needs of Nova Scotia singers.  She also sits on the Advocacy and National Youth Choir Committees for Choral Canada.

Heather has just completed a tour to Newfoundland with the Canadian Chamber Choir as their Conducting Fellow.  She completed the Summer Conducting Institute at Westminster Choir College, studying with Charles Bruffy, and was honoured to serve as Apprentice Conductor of the National Youth Choir of Canada in May 2010 under the guidance of Dr. Victoria Meredith.  While in Montreal, she was both singer and apprentice conductor with Iwan Edwards for the Saint Lawrence Choir and Concerto Della Donna.  Heather has had masterclass tutelage in the UK with Peter Broadbent, Jo McNally, Colin Durrant, Neil Ferris, and in Canada with Dr. Julia Davids and Michael Zaugg.