Fall YGS Session opening postponed to September 16-18 due to effects of Dorian. Registration open below!
The You Gotta Sing! Chorus is a non-auditioned, all ages community choir welcoming all people, no singing experience necessary! Rehearsals are fun, relaxing, and energizing within a safe and supportive environment. We sing uplifting songs from a variety of sources; making singing in harmony enjoyable and accessible for all!
We provide a safe place to gather and sing together, in an accepting and positive environment, nurturing connection and community one song at a time. To ensure that our choir is accessible to all, the YGS Bursary can cover the full or partial registration fee for anyone in need of this option.
Every YGS gathering is joyful and invites the transformational power to change lives and connect us all more deeply as a singing people.
Singing is our birthright — we celebrate our unique sound together and create positive change in the world through joyous song!
Photo credit: Rebecca Clarke
Thanks for your warm welcome, astounding venue,
and your music choices rock!!
A happy place!!
Cathy, YGS alumni
YGS is really a powerful agent for bringing out the best in community
and in each of our lives. I can't thank you enough for your good humour, sharp wit,
and boundless energy. Oh! And for your inspiring, soaring voice!
Seth Levinson, YGS alumni & Co-founder of The Big Sing
REGISTRATION - FALL SESSION YGS!
7:45 - 9:15 PM
Grace United Church
70 King St.
St. Nicholas Anglican Church
29 Westwood Blvd
All Nations Church
2535 Robie St.
YGS FALL Session ~ Sing in Good Company!
September 16 - December 4
*Questions about YGS Registration? Please click here and follow three easy steps.
Open Sing Celebration for
November 23, 3-4:30
YGS FALL Session $160
YGS FALL Session $160
Step 1: Hold your space by clicking on the Register Now button above for your preferred location (YGS Dartmouth, YGS Halifax, or YGS Tantallon) & the session you'd like to attend (Summer and/or Fall)
Step 2: Please be sure to read our FAQ page for more details on rehearsal locations and attendance options.
Step 3: Complete your registration by using the Buy Now Paypal button above, send an e-transfer to or your can bring cash/cheque to your first rehearsal. Mailing address: PO Box 222, Lakeside, NS, B3T 1M6
SLIDING SCALE: You can always pay any amount that feels possible.
YGS BURSARY: Unlimited and always available to cover your full registration fee. Contact Vanessa to access this confidential option.
Just a quick note to say how very much I am enjoying YGS and your amazing leadership. Having taught some music, I am in awe of your talent, your ability to pull such beautiful harmony from our varied levels of singing and musical abilities, creating such joy in all of us, and doing so with never-ending positive energy. Truly amazing! I so look forward to every Wednesday night and always wish it could last longer, although the songs & warmth from the evening always accompany me out the door and fill me with song throughout the week. Thank you!
~Kathy Ives, YGS Alto
A few years ago, with the encouragement of a great friend, I joined a community choir, the You Gotta Sing! Chorus in Halifax, NS. There I could let my heart sing out loud without interrupting its innate impulse to express. Many times, standing in the back row with all these beautiful men and women voicing in harmony, tears of joy would flow down my face. Singing released tension and freed restrictions in my throat, jaw, and lips that I didn’t even know I had. My soul had a path to directly express itself in one uninterrupted movement, with passion, purpose, and wisdom.
~Anne Bérubé, from her book - Be, Feel, Think, Do
This is exactly what I was looking for in a choir, Vanessa: the opportunity to learn and sing such a great variety of musical styles and songs. I am so glad I took the leap of faith and joined! It is such a great feeling not only to sing, but to sing with others who are having as much fun as I am. I really do feel joy when I sing, and have a lighter heart and spirit after practices. Thank you for providing such a relaxed, supportive choir environment for all of us…even those of us who are choir newbies. I sing the songs (out loud) while walking the dog, walking the halls at work, in the car, in the kitchen.
~Sally, YGS alumni
Having been told I couldn’t sing at an early age, but always wanting to, I was thrilled to discover Vanessa and the YGS Chorus. Vanessa provides a safe haven for the musically insecure and experienced singers alike. Because of her skill in directing, expert teaching skills, personal warmth and joyous nature, she is able to bring diverse musical backgrounds together to sing with one voice. The fun-filled 90 minutes of practice have become one of the highlights of my week… and, finally, I am learning to sing.
~JoAnn, YGS alumni