About Us Pride, versatility and musical excellence...
These terms best describe Newman Sound Men's Choir of St. John's, Newfoundland. Named after a beautiful and rugged region in Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador, Newman Sound was formed in 2005 by David Chafe, Kellie Walsh and Douglas Dunsmore. This is a true community choir of more than forty experienced singers representing the professions of music, teaching, engineering, law, civil service, marketing, information technology and journalism.
Nearly one-half of the choir's singers are students from across many disciplines of study. Over the past decade, Newman Sound has realized an ever-growing loyal audience, a high local and national reputation and a very bright future having established an exciting and eclectic repertoire across the genres of classical, pop and folk including some outstanding arrangements and original compositions by several of the singers within the choir.
Newman Sound received a 2012 ECMA nomination and won MusicNL's 2011 Classical Album of the Year award for their debut CD, "The Green and Salty Days," a collection of traditional music from Newfoundland and Labrador, including specially-commissioned works by Stephen Hatfield and Kathleen Allan. Newman Sound has performed many times each year and has been broadcast provincially and nationally on CBC radio and locally on Rogers Television in St. John's. In the 2006 National CBC Choral Competition, the choir earned the Galaxie Rising Star award for Most Promising New Choir in Canada and lived up to that promise by making it to the finals of the 2008 CBC Choral Competition. This competition is now run by Choral Canada, and in 2016 Newman Sound placed second in the Equal-Voice Male Choir Category.
Newman Sound was honoured as MusicNL Classical Artist of the Year in 2011 for our debut CD and was named Champion Male Chamber Choir at the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati. In 2013, the choir embarked on our first tour of the province, performing for enthusiastic crowds throughout Eastern and Central Newfoundland and in 2015 touredWe plan on following up with a season-ending tour in July 2014 with concerts in Central and Western Newfoundland.
The choir is also very active in the community with its support of charity events and its own annual and very popular Love Songs for Seniors for which the group performs free concerts at various seniors' homes throughout St. John's.
In 2011, Newman Sound welcomed Jennifer Hart as Associate Conductor. She was immediately warmly welcomed by the singers and proudly makes her debut this season as our new Artistic Director and Conductor. Under Jennifer's wonderful leadership, our 2013-2014 season is filled with exciting performances all year. Be sure to come out and support one of the top men's choirs in the world, Newfoundland and Labrador's very own Newman Sound Men's Choir!