"Nearly three years after having been awarded the bursary, the lasting effects of the incredible experience my trip to Ireland represented are still audible in my music. I would like to sincerely thank the Lady Cove Choir for aiding me to attain this experience."
Who We Are
Under the honorary patronage of Karen Kain, C.C., LL.D., D.Litt., O.Ont.
Lady Cove Women’s Choir
Founded in 2003 by Kellie Walsh, Lady Cove Women’s Choir was named after the community of Lady Cove on Newfoundland’s rugged yet beautiful east coast. The name Lady Cove is representative of the spirit and philosophy of the Choir: a community of women – a haven where members come, not only to explore their own musicianship, but to share their lives and experiences in a sisterhood. Its mission is to reveal the strength, versatility and beauty of women’s choral music; to expand the repertoire for women's voices by commissioning and reviving works; to assist community groups through charitable activities; and to provide talented and dedicated women musicians with exceptional musical and interpersonal experiences.
A Reputation for Excellence
Performing regularly to sold-out audiences, Lady Cove has garnered a national and international reputation for excellence, not only for its high level of performance but also for its innovation and creativity. Twice winner of the CBC National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs, Lady Cove won first place in the Equal Voices Female category in 2006 and in the Contemporary Music category in 2008.
In 2008, Lady Cove won first place in the Female Choir category at the prestigious Béla Bartók International Choir Competition in Hungary. Later that year, the Choir released its debut album, Lady Cove, which was nominated for MusicNL’s Classical Album of the Year.
Lady Cove was featured at the 9th World Symposium on Choral Music that took place in Argentina in August 2011. Immediately prior, Lady Cove gave keynote addresses for The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium VIII and the International Council for Traditional Music World Conference, undertaking an innovative multimedia project to explore how choral music can act as a vehicle for the preservation and re-visioning of traditional culture.
Most recently, in July 2014, the Choir travelled to Riga, Latvia where it participated in Interkultur's World Choir Games. Lady Cove was awarded two gold medals and a third place ranking in the women’s choir category.
Lady Cove has been recorded numerous times for national radio programming and worked closely with some of Canada’s most distinguished composers.
Dedicated to Our Community
Lady Cove is committed to community involvement and supporting education initiatives.
In June 2012, Lady Cove embarked on its first island tour, visiting several communities in Central Newfoundland, including our namesake, Lady Cove, on Random Island. The Choir visited schools to give performances, workshops and private music lessons to local students. The tour culminated with a community concert in Grand Falls-Windsor, thus strengthening an already established provincial reputation for choral and artistic excellence.
In addition to acting as a laboratory choir for Master’s level conducting students at Memorial University, Lady Cove annually awards a $1,000 bursary to one young musician within Newfoundland and Labrador to assist his/her musical pursuits. One recipient says: “Nearly three years after having been awarded the bursary, the lasting effects of the incredible experience my trip to Ireland represented are still audible in my music”. Lady Cove was also delighted to work and perform with a pan-Labrador youth choir and to provide private instruction to the young musicians in attendance as part of Festival 500 – Labrador.
In the spirit of being a community of women, Lady Cove is dedicated to giving back. In the past, the Choir has participated in charitable activities in support of organizations such as Iris Kirby House, the Street Reach program of the Community Youth Network, Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and the National Youth Choir of Canada.