Singing gatherings postponed...


Dear singing friends,


My heart goes out to everyone as we deal with the unfolding and unusual times we are facing together. In order to keep everyone as healthy as possible and to avoid the spread of the

COVID-19 virus,

All Open Sing Events are cancelled until further notice


in-person You Gotta Sing! Rehearsals & SING! Group Classes will be postponed

until things settle down.

Please stay tuned for new dates for our Open Sing Events and a plan for rehearsals moving forward.

This is an unusual time for all of us and I wish you all the best of health and encourage you to

do what feels right for you. 

I'm so sorry to miss singing with you all for the next while. Please stay tuned as I develop some Online Sing with Vanessa / Green Room options to support you singing and finding joy and comfort in song in these challenging times.

With care & love,

The You Gotta Sing! Chorus is a non-auditioned, all ages community choir welcoming everyone.  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. 

The You Gotta Sing!Chorus is a member of the 

Ubuntu Choirs Network and the 

Nova Scotia Choral Federation.


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!

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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





7:45 - 9:15 PM

Grace United Church

70 King St.




10:15-11:45 AM

St. Nicholas Anglican Church

29 Westwood Blvd

Upper Tantallon



7:15-8:45 PM

All Nations Church

2535 Robie St.



YGS Spring Session

April 6 ~ June 24

12 weeks

Cost: $160*

*Questions about YGS Registration? Please click here and follow three easy steps.    

YGS Spring Session    $160

YGS Spring Dartmouth
Grace United Church
YGS Spring Tantallon
St. Nicholas Anglican Church
YGS Spring Halifax
All Nations Church

YGS Spring Session    $160




Step 1:  Hold your space by clicking on the RSVP button above for your preferred location (YGS Dartmouth, YGS Halifax, or YGS Tantallon). 



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

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