Musical Directors

Director - Adele Merritt

Our Director - Adele Merritt

Valley Voices is absolutely thrilled to announce that the talented and fabulous Adele Merritt has accepted the position of Chorus Director.
Adele brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our chorus. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music (with honors) from the University of York, England and has studied piano, clarinet and voice. She is a passionate music educator with experience in teaching, administration, coaching and directing and is a Music Judge candidate in the Harmony Incorporated judging program. Adele also sings bass in Tonic! quartet and enjoys coaching other quartets within HI.
Our chorus is over the moon to have Adele lead us and we cannot wait to begin this new and exciting musical journey together in harmony. Welcome, Adele!


 

Assistant Director - Trinda Ernst
 
With over 30 years of barbershop experience with Valley Voices, Trinda is currently an Assistant Director, Quartet Promotion Co-ordinator, Parliamentarian and member of the Membership Team.  As a student, she sang in school choirs and studied piano, achieving Grade 9 with the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto).  As a long-time member of Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada, she enjoyed honing her singing and performing skills.  She has a passion for learning and has attended two Directors' Colleges at Harmony University, a program organized by the Barbershop Harmony Society.  She has also appeared in two plays at CentreStage Theatre in Kentville.

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), where she served two consecutive terms as Club President.  She has travelled to several Rotary 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
, received her QC designation in 2000 and served as National President of The Canadian Bar Association in 2011-2012.  She currently is Continuing Legal Education/Social Committee Chair for the Kings County Barristers’ Society.  She was named the 2017 recipient of the Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service by the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association.


Assistant Director - Paula Henley

Paula has been a member of Harmony, Incorporated for a about 17 years.  She first discovered the harmonies of barbershop singing and Area 1 competitions when she joined the Cobequid Fun Tones in Oxford.  After a few years, a career move brought the family to the Annapolis Valley where she joined Valley Voices in 2012.  She is delighted to be an Assistant Director with the chor
us and gladly assists with  other musical and administrative activities.

She enjoys the challenge of preparing for and singing in performances and competitions with Valley Voices.  She has also competed in quartet competitions, first with Masquerade and currently with QWiNN.
With the support of Valley Voices and Sing Canada, Paula was excited to attend Directors College at Harmony University in July 2019.  Considering herself a life-long learner, she is looking forward to broadening her singing and music education and skills.