About


Our Vision

To build a better Canada by a commitment to enriching lives in every generation and community through the lifelong benefits of a cappella harmony singing.

 

Our Mission

Sing Canada Harmony believes that vocal music, particularly four-part a cappella harmony in the Barbershop Style, plays a vital role in the development of healthy, creative and responsible members of society. This belief results in a commitment towards ensuring equal access to vocal music arts for Canadians of all ages, particularly the children, youth, men and women who sing and help others to sing to enrich lives.

 

Our Purpose

The Sing Canada Harmony Scholarship Fund is a registered charity established in 2008 to unite Canadian a cappella singers through service to youth and children in schools and communities. The fund provides financial assistance for educational and training opportunities in singing vocal music performance, vocal music leadership, vocal music administration and vocal music composition, arrangement, adjudication and staging. Sing Canada Harmony will financially support learning opportunities for Canadians throughout the communities and schools, and particularly among young people, to gain expertise and experience in the field of a cappella vocal music harmony singing in quartets and choruses.

Sing Canada Harmony is the official charity of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) in Canada and, is endorsed and supported as a special charity by Canadian Members and Chapters of Harmony, Inc. and Sweet Adelines International. Principal learning opportunities supported by Sing Canada Harmony scholarships for Canadians, while all inclusive of the music community to some degree, are typically those sponsored by these three organizations.

 

Opportunities Often Supported

• Youth vocal music education programs
• Harmony University and associated colleges
• Leadership Academies (LA)
• International Education Symposiums (IES)
• University and College degree and diploma programs and courses in vocal music
• Chorus / Choir coaching, workshops and retreats
• Other programs, seminars, courses and training in vocal music

 

Our Leadership

Board

Our Board of Directors is comprised of Canadian women and men Barbershoppers, from across Canada, who are committed to supporting vocal music in Canadian schools and communities.

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Murray Phillips, PC (NED), Wolfville, Nova Scotia – CHAIR, CEO

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Gerry Borden, PC (EVG), Abbotsford, British Columbia – VICE CHAIR, SCHOLARSHIP SELECTIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR

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Sharon Towner, PC (SAI), Zephyr, Ontario – SECRETARY, PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL CHAIR

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James Thexton, PC (EVG) Calgary, Alberta – TREASURER

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Gordon Billows, PC (LOL) Winnipeg, Manitoba – MARKETING AND PR CHAIR

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J.R. Digger MacDougall, PC, BA, MCPSYCH, CD, CHRP (ONT) Rockland, Ontario – FOUNDING CHAIR, LEGACY PROGRAM CHAIR

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Trinda Ernst, PC (HI – Past International President), QC, Kentville, Nova Scotia

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Judy McAlpine (SAI) Chilliwack, British Columbia

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Doran McTaggart, PC (PIO) Windsor, Ontario

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David Pearce, PC (LOL), Regina, Saskatchewan.

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John Wilkie, PC (ONT), Guelph, Ontario

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Michael Black, PC (ONT), Toronto, Ontario

Legal Counsel – Ted Manthorp, LLB, (ONT) Ottawa, Ontario

 

Note: PC = President’s Council