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  The Story of Pelagosmusic • Pelagos is an ancient Greek word meaning "the deep, the open sea". We consider this an adventure in music recording and publishing, with an emphasis on world rhythms and contemporary voices, sacred and secular song.  


Pelagos Incorporated,
an independent record label, music publisher, and arts management agency, was founded by Margaret Race and Paul Halley in 1998.  Pelagos emphasizes the creation of new music, blending the sounds and rhythms of diverse cultures with Western elements of Classical, Choral, and Jazz.

The Pelagos approach is characterized by arrangements using authentic vocal techniques and instrumentation, resulting in music that is exciting, enlivening and enriching, music for heart and mind, innovative, and transforming.
In addition to a sizeable catalogue of published titles, including choral anthems, keyboard scores, and symphonic works, Pelagos has an expanding list of audio recordings. Pelagos offerings are available in the form of digital downloads, compact discs, sheet music, music licensing for film, television, and video, and commissioned works and concert performances.  




Meg Race


Margaret Race, President,
brings a strong background in operations and management to Pelagosmusic. Meg conceived the company’s initial business plan and capitalization, and has overseen the design and production of all recordings and published music.  Through the years, Meg has developed the company's marketing campaign with website, mail-order catalogue, independent distribution agreements, and new media development, garnering the attention of prominent music and entertainment journals, as well as significant radio and television programming.
Meg initially partnered with Paul Halley in 1991 to found the not-for-profit Joyful Noise, Inc., which comprises the children’s choir, Chorus Angelicus and the adult chamber choir, Gaudeamus. She served at JNI as Executive Director from 1991 to 1997 and produced three recordings released with Paul Halley on the Joyful Noise label.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College, Meg pursued art as her field of study and has earned professional credit in painting, illustration, and interior design. Meg is also a member of Paul Halley's choir at All Saints Cathedral, Halifax.



Paul Halley
Creative Director


Paul Halley, Creative Director,
brings a significant and recognized talent to Pelagosmusic.  As an internationally-known composer, conductor, and keyboardist, Halley has earned five Grammy Awards for his compositions and performances.  With an M.A. from Cambridge University, Halley built a professional career that includes eighteen years as featured writer and performer with The Paul Winter Consort, thirteen years as Director of Music at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, and sixteen years as Artistic Director of Joyful Noise, Inc. where he earned a following for brilliantly conceived concert programs and a natural ability to inspire and motivate singers of all ages. Since 2007 Halley Has been Director of Chapel Music at the University of King's College Halifax, and in 2015, he was also appointed Director of Music at The Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax.

Halley’s choral and instrumental compositions are distributed and licensed by Pelagosmusic, and he composes three to four newly commissioned works per year. For more information on Paul Halley's professional activities, CLICK here.


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