Welcome to the Kodály Society of Nova Scotia. 

As a group of Nova Scotia music teachers, we support our colleagues through workshops and newsletters and provide current information regarding Kodaly summer courses, scholarships and conferences.

KSNS began in 1991 under the leadership of Kaye Pottie and is an official branch of the Kodaly Society of Canada. Former KSNS Presidents include Kaye Pottie, Riet Vink, Joyce Pierce, Malcolm Bradley, Martha Healy, Janet Gaskin, Pamela Burton, Maureen Dunn, Eleanor Hall, Faith Daley and Louise Grinstead. We are grateful for their leadership and their gift of time and efforts on behalf of music teachers. Our Provincial Honourary Members include Kaye Pottie, Riet Vink, Joyce Pierce and Malcolm Bradley.

KSNS Board of Directors 2017-2018
President: Louise Grinstead
Registrar: Helen Higgins
Treasurer: Maureen Dunn
Secretary: Pamela Burton
Newsletter: Tara Simpson
Members at Large: Marlene Nolet, Lisa Clarke, Ryan Froude, Jenny Trites, 
Nelle Callanan, Serena Godmaire and Rhonda Corrigan.




KSNS Fall Workshop Registration

To register for the KSNS Fall Workshop 2019, please fill out the following registration form. To complete your online registration, please send your fee via e-transfer to Maureen Dunn at

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Karen Newhook-MacDonald: originally from St. John’s, NL, is a music educator and choral director with the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. She currently teaches at Harry R. Hamilton School as well as Halifax Regional Arts: Music East. An enthusiastic choral conductor, Karen directs the Cantatrice Ensemble Girls’ Honour Choir, Vocala Honour Choir and Harry R. Hamilton School Choir. Choirs under her direction have performed at various events locally, nationally and internationally.

Karen is also a busy as a clinician and adjudicator, having presented for the Atlantic Festival of Music, Nova Scotia Music Educator’s Association, New Brunswick District Music Educators, Nova Scotia Choral Federation, Kodaly Society of Nova Scotia, PEI Music Educators’ Association, Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, Nova Scotia Department of Education and Halifax Regional School Board. Karen has been involved with many projects of Nova Scotia Choral Federation over the years, including Junior Choir Camp, Children’s Chorus of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Youth Choir and Juvenata.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Dalhousie University as well as a Master of Education from Saint Mary’s University. She has pursued further professional development opportunities by participating in events such as a summer conducting course offered by the NSCF in 2017 and the Texas Music Educators’ Association conference in 2018.

Karen has been a choral singer for over twenty years, having sung with choirs in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, and is dedicated to sharing this passion with her choristers. She and her husband Mike, also a choral director, are the proud parents of Cantatrice chorister Taylor MacDonald and Mount Allison University Music student, Lauryn MacDonald.

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Elizabeth MacDonald lives to dance – and to share that passion with others. A professional Highland dancer and instructor originally, she discovered traditional Irish social dance in the late 80s and has been building her knowledge and skills ever since, studying with dance masters in both Ireland and the US.

Elizabeth’s favourite kind of student? Adults who’ve never danced before – or never thought they could. With her patient, light-hearted teaching style, you’ll be stepping it out in no time.

 Elizabeth specializes in Irish set dance and sean-nos step, and is credited with introducing both dance forms to Nova Scotia. She’s taught for many years in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and, while living overseas, in Brussels, Belgium. Elizabeth has led workshops and ceilithe at festivals across Eastern Canada, northern France and Belgium, including Boxwood Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Danse traditionelle Québec, the North Atlantic Tionól, the JP Collins Irish Fest, Re-Jigged Festival, Gleann na Gaeilge, the “Sets in Leuven” weekend in Belgium and MAD Week in Washington, DC.

Elizabeth also brings dance into classrooms across Nova Scotia through a program that connects schools with professional artists. She also collects the square set dances of Maritime Canada and is currently writing a book on the history of Highland dance in Nova Scotia.

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A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Frances Farrell pursued her music studies in Winnipeg, graduating with both Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Manitoba. She subsequently earned a Master's Degree and Artist's Diploma in Vocal Performance from McGill University. Frances recently graduated with her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto.

Currently, Fran is based in Halifax where she conducts two senior high choirs as part of the Halifax Regional Arts Program and an adult community choir called the Dartmouth Choral Society. Fran has also worked as a choral clinician in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta. Recently published works include several contributions to the Volume Five of the Teaching Music through Performance in Choir series (2019), In Search of a New Tradition-Improvisation in Choral Settings (Canadian Music Educator, 2016) and Winter Proverbs, which was awarded first prize in Chor Leoni’s inaugural C4 competition (2017) and is published by Cypress Press. At the 2018 Podium choral conference, Frances was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award by Choral Canada for her work Improvisation in Choral Settings.



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N.B. The Kodály Society of Nova Scotia collects personal information for the sole purpose of administering membership. This process includes the use of mail and email addresses to communicate with members regarding official branch business. As a member of KSNS you are also a member of the Kodály Society of Canada and your contact information is shared with KSC in order to distribute official KSC publications to its members. If you have any questions or concerns about KSNS's/KSC’s privacy policies, please contact the KSC Registrar: Jamie Popowich: By providing your email address, you are consenting to receive KSNS/KSC information electronically.



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