April 16, 2015
“Fundy Sound: A Choral Festival by the Sea”will take place in Saint John, NB from June 27th to July 1st 2016. Choirs from around the world will be invited to participate in this inaugural four-day event. Singers will enjoy enriching developmental and educational experiences with local and international musicians, and work with Dr Z Randall Stroope, the Guest Conductor for the Festival, who is widely regarded as one the greatest living choral composers. His music is widely performed throughout the world, and he will compose a work for this Festival, to be premiered in the Gala Finale Concert in Harbour Station on Canada Day 2016. Choirs will showcase their own work in unique venues throughout the area, including historic churches and renowned outdoor and public spaces, as well as participating in the massed 400-voice Gala Finale. Visiting choirs will be able to explore, and be inspired by, Atlantic Canada, while sharing experiences and developing lifelong friendships with musicians young and old. The festival will be open to choirs of high school age and above, including college, university and community choirs. In addition to local, regional and international choirs, local choristers will be welcome to participate on an individual basis. A ‘host choir’ for the Festival is planned, with members drawn from the 18-30 year old demographic. In 2016 this group will be founding members of the Fundy Sound Festival Chorus, with the anticipation that this ensemble will be part of future Fundy Sound festivals. Fundy Sound will create an artistic legacy for the region as a destination for choral singing. It will also highlight the region as a tourism destination for individuals and groups. Visitors from around the world will experience the natural beauty of New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada. The Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA) estimates that festival attendees are likely to contribute $180/person/day to the local economy, and with pre- and post-festival tours the spinoff to the region from the first festival is likely to be in excess of $500,000.