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About • Nick Halley

Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor. As a drummer and world percussionist, Nick has performed and recorded internationally with a wide range of musicians including James Taylor, Oscar Castro-Neves, Maucha Adnet, David McGuinness & Revenge of the Folk Singers, Concerto Caledonia, Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O’Leary, Old Man Luedecke & Tim O’Brien, the Chris Norman Ensemble, various Paul Halley ensembles, Suzie LeBlanc, Theresa Thomason, Diomira with Dinuk Wijeratne & Joseph Petric, Matt Brewer, and occasionally the Nick Halley Band.  The recording Barnum Hill (2008) features Nick and his ensemble performing some of Nick’s original compositions.

Nick is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He is also the Founder and Director of The King’s Chorus, a choir for members of the King’s and Dalhousie University communities in Halifax.  Nick is Assistant Director of the acclaimed University of King’s College Chapel Choir directed by his father, Paul Halley and is Cantor and Director for the chapel’s male Compline choir.  Recently, Nick became Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at The Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, to assist his father in the new appointment of Director of Music. In 2012, Nick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to Canada and Nova Scotia through the arts, particularly for his work with Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir.  Nick was the Host of CBC’s Choral Concert for the 2013-14 season.

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Born in New York City, and raised in the grounds of the city's Cathedral of St. John the Divine (where his father, Paul Halley, was Director of Music), Nick Halley's earliest memories are of the rich variety of music there, from sacred choral to contemporary jazz and African dance. These early influences proved to be lasting. Nick majored in jazz and classical percussion at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and spent a year studying and performing in Brazil prior to returning to New York City to The New School University's jazz and contemporary music program. There he studied with Amir Ziv, Billy Hart, and Jamey Haddad, and entered into long-lasting musical friendships with some of the great young musicians in New York's ever-evolving jazz scene.

Nick has tours and records with groups ranging in style from traditional Scottish and Irish to gospel, jazz, Brazilian and popular music, including The Chris Norman Ensemble, various Paul Halley ensembles, and his own recently-formed Nick Halley Band. Nick has performed with artists such as James Taylor, Oscar Castro-Neves, Maucha Adnet, Suzie LeBlanc, Theresa Thomason, Rhonda Larson, Café, and Jamey Haddad. He also directs workshops in percussion, music theory, and Brazilian, North African, and South Indian rhythm.
    

Nick worked for three years (2005-2008) as Assistant Conductor of Connecticut’s acclaimed children’s choir Chorus Angelicus. While there he founded and directed The Gentlemen of Chorus Angelicus, a choir designed to engage the boys of the senior choir, along with those from its training program in the experience of singing services and concerts together with their older peers in the alto, tenor, and bass sections.  

In July 2008, Nick released his debut recording, 'Barnum Hill', featuring the Nick Halley Band
- Matt Brewer, Richard Baughman, Adam Niewood, Greg Ruggiero and others -  in performances of Nick's own compositions as well as those of other members of the Band. This album features some of New York's best young jazz talent on saxophones, guitars, and bass – the traditional jazz framework then being expanded to include the wild sounds of percussion from around the world and the great pipe organ (played by Paul Halley).  

In the summer of 2008, Nick moved to Halifax in order to take up an apprenticeship with his father as organist and choral conductor at King's College, along with St. George's Anglican Church, and the Atlantic School of Theology, developing great proficiency in the areas of liturgical music, pipe organ and choral direction. He directs the King's Chapel service of Compline, the ancient, candle-lit, mostly sung evening service for which he also acts as Cantor. This collection of services, combined with the brilliance of Chaplain Gary Thorne and Director of Music Paul Halley, provide an unparalleled opportunity for a young musician wishing to immerse himself in the vast and great tradition of church music and liturgy.

For more information, link to www.nickhalley.com




About • University of King's College Chapel Choir
The King's College Chapel Choir, modeled on the Chapel Choirs of Cambridge and Oxford, comprises twenty-four choristers from King's College and Dalhousie University who are selected through auditions each year. The choir's primary function is to sing at the weekly evensongs and eucharists, as well as other major services throughout the academic year. The choir also sings three major concerts each year in a music series entitled 'King's at the Cathedral', begun by Paul Halley in the summer of 2008. In this series, the choir sings a major requiem in November, a Christmas concert in December, and a Bach masterwork in March or April.

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The choir had its beginnings in the early 1970s when Dr. Robert Crouse put together a group of singers to lead the worship at the Thursday Eucharists at King's. Since that time the choir has expanded its role, having sung under the direction of several notable conductors including Helen Roby, David Buley, and most recently Dr. Walter Kemp.

In July 2007, Paul Halley was appointed Director of Music of the Chapel and since then has built the group into a fine ensemble which now includes touring and recording amongst its activities. Halley says of the choir: "It is my hope that over time, prospective students will view the Chapel Choir as one of the reasons to attend university in Halifax. There's really nothing quite like the training a fine collegiate chapel choir can offer. You get through so much first-rate music, just in one week - all the anthems, motets, mass settings, canticles, psalms and hymns - that your musical literacy increases at a phenomenal rate."

In 2008, Nick Halley moved to Halifax in order to take up an apprenticeship with his father as organist and choral conductor at King's College, and more recently, at The Cathedral Church of All Saints, to proceed further into the world of liturgical music, studying pipe organ and choral direction. As well as assisting his father in Wednesday's Evensong and Thursday's Eucharist, he has taken over the musical direction of the chapel's service of Compline (Tuesdays, 9:30pm), the ancient, candle-lit, mostly sung evening service for which he acts as Cantor. This collection of services, combined with the brilliance of Chaplain Gary Thorne and Director of Music Paul Halley, provide an unparalleled opportunity for a young musician wishing to immerse himself in the vast and great tradition of church music and liturgy.

In 2013, Paul Halley directed the Chapel Choir in the recording and release of the album Let Us Keep The Feast. This spectacular recording follows the church year from Advent through to All Saints and All Souls, showcasing a range of liturgical musical masterpieces from the Renaissance polyphony of Palestrina, Byrd, and Tallis, to the modern classics of Faure, Howells, and Halley.

Paul Halley is very happy to meet and hear prospective choral and organ scholar candidates at any time. If you would like further information, or to arrange a visit to King's, please contact: Paul Halley, Director of Chapel Music

For more information, link to www.kingschapel.ca




About • Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus
Chorus Angelicus (The Angelic Choir) the internationally acclaimed children’s choir, has impressed audiences with the best of choral music, both sacred and secular, since its founding in 1991 by Paul Halley.  Artists-In-Residence at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington, CT, the ensemble comprises fifty boys and girls who hail from towns throughout southwestern New England.

In an annual season of twenty-five concerts the chorus performs a large and varied repertoire, from the classics of choral literature to contemporary and newly commissioned compositions. Performances have included collaborations with Gaudeamus, the Battell Chamber Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony, and the Paul Winter Consort in venues such as Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Boston’s Symphony Hall, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, and The Battell Stoeckel Music Shed, Norfolk, CT.  Chorus Angelicus has toured to Florida, the Pacific Northwest, Nova Scotia, and Ireland, and is frequently invited to perform at international choral workshops and music festivals. Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus were selected to perform at the 1999 inauguration ceremony of the Governor of Connecticut, and the choirs were featured in a documentary by Connecticut Public Television to highlight the choirs’ extraordinary, inner-city concert series Music For A Great Space, free concerts in the architectural splendor of Connecticut’s most notable urban churches. NBC’s news special of the choirs’ beloved Christmas Angelicus concerts has resulted in the annual broadcast of the live performances of this Christmas concert series by National Public Radio.

Chorus Angelicus shines in a compilation of vibrant global repertoire in the Pelagos release Untraveled Worlds.  With songs from musical traditions as diverse as Serbia, Russia, South Africa and the Dominican Republic, this release has garnered rave reviews from music critics and significant airplay from radio stations throughout the country. The choir was also featured on the Telarc release, Dance On A Moonbeam, with Frederica von Stade, Dawn Upshaw, Meryl Streep, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Chorus Angelicus may also be heard on three earlier recordings:Christmas Angelicus, a celebration of the holiday season combining traditional and contemporary carols; Wondrous Love with Gaudeamus and The Battell Brass in performances of choral works by Paul Halley; and Voices of Light, the choir’s debut album with flutist Rhonda Larson.

Gaudeamus (Let Us Rejoice), a chamber choir of twenty-five professional and semi-professional singers, was formed by Paul Halley in the spring of 1992 to join Chorus Angelicus in the presentation of such choral masterworks as the “St. John Passion”, the “B Minor Mass”, Handel’s “Dixit Dominus”, and Britten’s “Saint Nicholas”.  Gaudeamus and Chorus Angelicus together have  developed a large following through their three principal concert series: Christmas Angelicus, Salute To America and Music for a Great Space. The Passiontide concerts by Gaudeamus alone have introduced its audiences to choral works of a more intimate, sacred nature, and its explorations of world music have resulted in exciting collaborations with musicians from around the globe.  Gaudeamus participated with folk legend Pete Seeger on his Grammy Award-winning CD Pete, and subsequently won high praise from Billboard Magazine, Pro Audio Magazine, and high-end audiophiles the world over for its album of a cappella masterworks, Sacred Feast, recorded in surround sound for Sony/Pioneer.

For more information, link to www.chorusangelicus.org




About • Theresa Thomason
Extraordinary musical gifts, mixed with an artistic blend of showmanship, make any appearance by Theresa an event to remember. Theresa's talent  became apparent from an early age when she joined her mother and older sisters in the rich gospel tradition of her faith, singing for worship services led by her father, The Reverend J.J. Thomason. Theresa went on to master the genres of R & B, Club and Jazz, and began to tour extensively, with The Inspirations, The Golden Gospel Singers, and finally, with her own ensemble, The Gospel Family, delivering her spirit-filled message to audiences at gospel and sacred music festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Theresa Thomason and Paul Halley embarked on their professional association when in 1994 Theresa was engaged by Halley to be guest soloist in a concert performance with his two choirs at The Music Shed in Norfolk, CT.  Through Paul Halley, Theresa was introduced to Paul Winter and began touring extensively with the Paul Winter Consort, making frequent appearances at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.  Many of these concert performances have been televised on PBS and NBC, securing Theresa box office appeal with consistent showings on Billboard’s Top Ten Grossing Concert List.

In January 1999, Theresa collaborated with Paul Halley on the release of the Pelagos recording Sound Over All Waters  in which Theresa can be heard expressively performing new arrangements and compositions created by Halley specifically for her voice. Although from very different musical backgrounds, she from the gospel tradition, he from classical choral and Anglican traditions, the feeling of spontaneity and freshness, joy and spirit that emanates from this album bespeaks a perfect collaboration.

Theresa was recorded as featured vocalist on the latest CD of the world-renowned progressive rock group Dream Theatre on Elektra Records, and she also appears on the concert DVD of the group’s live appearance at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. In November 2002, Theresa released Ten Hymns, on Sacred Sounds Records.



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