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Director: Dawn Harwood-Jones
Accompanist: Barbara Butler
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About us

The Studio Singers, under the direction of Dawn Harwood-Jones, kept in tune (sort of) by accompanist Barb Tuck, and kept on their toes by music arranger/assistant conductor Peter Robson, is a ragtag bunch of people who love to sing. Variously known as the Shower Stall Singers and the OK Chorale, the group has been singing together for 20 or 25 years (nobody can really remember). They have performed for David Sukuki (among others), backed up Laura Smith and Pat Watson (among others), and performed at such diverse venues as Shoreham Village, the Chester Playhouse, the Fo'c'sle Tavern, several churches, several Legions, the Oak Island Inn, the Halifax Jazz Festival and the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. They have performed with visiting choirs and the Chester Brass Band, and made their recording debut as real studio singers on Pat Watson's award-winning CD Feeling Good.

Studio Singers at Chester Basin Legion, November 11th, 2017

Studio Singers at Chester Basin Legion, November 11th, 2019

Choir Notes: what's coming up (2023)

  • Feb. 15: Shoreham (lineup: 1. Africa; 2. Ain’t Misbehavin’; 3. Blue Moon; 4. Solo Dawn or Director’s Cut “You’ve Got a Friend”; 5. Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do 6. Danny Boy; 7. Irene Goodnight; 8. Solo John; 9. It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie; 10. Love of the Sea; 11. Solo Julien; 12. Rhythm of Life; 13. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Peter's arrangement); 14. Til We Meet Again; 15. You’re Just In Love)
  • Mar. 29, noon, St. John's church, Lunenburg, Meditation Series
  • April 30, St. Stephen's, fundraiser for Musical Friends (Possibles: Song for Canada, Africa, Rhythm of Life, 500 Miles, Love of the Sea, Four Strong Winds, I Will Sing You Home, Chester Boat Song Chorus)
  • May 27, Choir Festival (maybe Four Strong Winds, Rhythm of Life, Song for Canada)


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Music Files ...

Song Finale*
.mus file
YouTube video or audio performance pdf file audio file
Africa - video performance - audio file
NEW Chester Boat Song - video performance pending -
Four Strong Winds download- --
Deferring to later Good Friends (Terra Spencer/Ben Caplan) - video performance pending -
Halleluja Chorus - Soprano line
Alto line
Tenor line
Bass line
pdf -
NEW It's a Sin to Tell a Lie - video performance - -
NEW! Long Walk to Freedom download video performance pending -
NEW On the Sunny Side of the Street download - pending -
Rhythm of Life - Youtube video with lyrics - -
NEW Sing You Home (Ennis Sisters) - Youtube video (chamber choir; not our arrangement) pdf -
Song For Canada (Paul Halley) - video performance - -
When it Comes My Turn download video performance - -

* Download Finale Notepad (free)

Finale tip: To hear only your part: From the "Window" pull-down menu, select "Instrument List", then check the "S" column beside your part. Then close that little window, and click the play button (right-pointing arrow above music). This actually allows you to hear a staff, so if two parts (e.g. Alto & Sop) are on the staff, you'll hear both.

  • Life's a Journey*
  • Four Strong Winds*
  • Nova Scotia for Haiti video
    (Music director Marko Simmonds) * performance by Studio Singers and Calgary's
    Westwinds Music Society, Chester, July 23, 2012

  • Photos

    Recent pics:  At the Fo'c'sle Tavern after our performance at Shoreham, May 30, 2018.

    Not so recent pics:  Ted and Stephanie perform the "Spamalot" spoof of musicals at our year-end choir bash in June 2016.

    older pics


    Chandler's Cove

    After practice


    John Bird &
    Pat Watson

    backing Pat,
    Lunenburg, 2009

    A word from Anne: three things we need to work on (nag, nag, nag...)

    Progamming by Anne L. ()