Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Artistic Director:  Heather Fraser

Heather Fraser is a dynamic and energetic music educator specializing in choral activities. In addition to the AVHC, she is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of The Aeolian Singers, a Halifax based women’s choir, a choral/singing specialist teacher for the Halifax Regional School Board, and accompanist in the Halifax All City Music Program.

Heather is an active clinician and has adjudicated for festivals across Canada. She is part of the “Perform NS! Artists in Residence Program,” conducting choral workshops in schools across Nova Scotia for students and teachers.  Believing strongly in the power of choral music to build community, Heather served for seven years as Program Director for the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, developing programs to meet the diverse needs of Nova Scotia singers. She still serves on NSCF committees, and also sits on both the Advocacy and National Youth Choir Committees for Choral Canada. 

Heather has recently returned to Nova Scotia after a rewarding professional development sabbatical year studying conducting and choral pedagogy with conductors and choirs across Canada and the USA, including Michael Zaugg, Len Ratzlaff, Kellie Walsh, John William Trotter, Julia Davids, Elise Bradley, and Hilary Apfelstadt.  She was honoured to be the first conductor in Pro Coro Canada’s 2016 emerging artist program, and was 2015 Conducting Fellow with the Canadian Chamber Choir.  Other studies include 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 under the guidance of Dr. Victoria Meredith.