Lady Cove Women’s Choir

Our Singers

About Our Singers

Since 2003, Lady Cove has grown from approximately 20 to 50+ choristers representing both amateur and professional musicians. Our singers are a diverse cross section of society – teachers, medical practitioners, business professionals, lawyers, journalists, and students, just to name a few! Some have been with the choir from the very beginning, while many others have joined us along the way… get to know some of them below!

Auditions

Auditions typically take place during the summer, for the start of the next fall season, as space permits. When a call for auditions is announced, it will be posted here and on our social media channels. To inquire further about the audition process, please email us at contact@ladycove.ca.

Auditions for the 2022-23 season have now concluded.

Our Singers
Angela Antle

Angela writes and produces documentaries for CBC. She directed Gander’s Ripple Effect: How a Small Town’s Kindness Opened on Broadway and wrote the feature-length documentary Atlantic: What Lies Beneath which screened worldwide and won Best Documentary at the Dublin, Chagrin, Nickel, and Wexford Film Festivals. The chair of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, she’s also a saucy alto in Lady Cove, and the proud mom of two Shallaway singers.

Leah Antle

Leah Antle has been a member of Lady Cove since 2014. She is passionate about her work as a K-6 music specialist. In her spare time, Leah enjoys crafting, running, and following celebrity gossip and popular culture, while sipping on the largest coffee she can find. A townie at heart, Leah grew up and still lives in Paradise.

Margot Antle

Margot joined Lady Cove in the fall of 2014. She works as a Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice. In addition to music making, Margot enjoys spending time with friends, reading, watching all the reality TV she can find and hanging with her cats.

Jennifer Babstock

A self-proclaimed “choir geek”, Jenn loved choir from an early age, having sung with Shallaway Youth Choir, MUN Chamber Choir, National Youth Choir of Canada, Innismara Vocal Ensemble, and, of course, Lady Cove! With an undergrad in Music and a MBA, she now blends her creative spirit & love of the arts with her business & marketing savvy and proudly leads Lady Cove’s marketing efforts.

Claire Bates

Claire joined Lady Cove in 2021 when, after the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the choral community she was missing and longing for the most. She is a current student at Memorial University’s School of Music studying voice under Shelley Neville and focusing in Music Education. Claire is proud to teach voice and piano privately and to be involved with Shallaway Youth Choir as a choral scholar.

Alice Breen

Alice was born and raised in St. John’s and a proud original Lady Cove member. Alice currently works at the Association for New Canadians but her greatest and proudest accomplishment is being a mother to her son, Luke.

Elizabeth Brennan

Libby (the “older twin”) is one of 7 siblings who together with their parents, have fostered the love and sharing of family music. A proud mother of two daughters, she is also a retired school music educator but keeps busy teaching piano, playing French horn, and serving in pastoral music ministry at Mary Queen of Peace Church. Libby loves to explore the beauty of nature… she also loves to sit back with a beloved cup of tea!

Heather Bridal

Heather moved home to St. John’s after living in Ontario for 32 years! As an elementary teacher, she enjoyed using music every day in her classroom. Now retired, she enjoys not only singing, but also travelling, playing cards, reading and doing jigsaw puzzles. She is both excited and proud to be a member of Lady Cove!

Alice Brun-Newhook

Alice grew up singing with Shallaway Youth Choir. After a few years with Lady Cove, she moved to Ottawa to pursue studies in French-Spanish-English Translation and sang with Aella Choir but is delighted to now be back with Lady Cove! She now works from home and can often be found decorating her new house, cooking or drinking endless cups of coffee.

Cheri Carroll

Cheri is currently the Music Specialist (Choral and Instrumental) at Mount Pearl Senior High School. She is a proud founding member of Lady Cove and counts every moment spent singing with this incredible group of women a blessing. The travel, competitions, and parties have been alright, too 😉

Michelle Chippett

Michelle is a proud founding member of Lady Cove. Michelle completed her degree in vocal performance at Memorial University and has a Master’s in voice performance from Western University. She is currently the Owner and Director of Dynamic Sounds Music Studio Inc. where she also teaches voice students. She loves to travel, and lives in St. John’s with her family.

Sarah Comerford

Sarah has been a member of Lady Cove since their first season together. She is very active in the music community as an educator, performer, music advocate and mentor. She is the instrumental music specialist at Macdonald Drive Junior High, program coordinator for MUN Junior Band Camp, and plays flute and piccolo with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Sarah enjoys hiking, yoga, and embroidery and treasures every chance she gets to explore this beautiful province with her family.

Ann Connolly

Ann, a founding member of Lady Cove, is a retired French immersion teacher, mother of two sons, organist and pianist. She finds joy in her family gatherings and in her role as accompanist for Shallaway’s Vivo chorus. Ann is a lover of all sports, can be seen walking the streets and trails of St. John’s, playing bridge with friends, and sipping copious cups of tea.

Holly Daley

Holly Daley is a singer and voice/piano instructor from St. John’s. She enjoys hiking and cooking. Noodles are her favourite form of food and her favourite colour is blue.

Erin Enguehard

Erin has been singing with Lady Cove since 2012. By day she works as a Product Trainer with Verafin. Erin is also a member of Projēkt Chamber Voices, a principal dancer with Seraka Dance Company, and plays Jesse in Daystreamer: A Physically Distant Musical, streaming on YouTube. She also loves stained glass, scuba diving, travel, motorcycles, and foxes.

Alanna Fitzpatrick

A proud founding member of Lady Cove, Alanna began her love for choral music in school and sang with Shallaway Youth Choir from 1993-2001. Alanna completed undergraduate degrees in Music and Music Education at Memorial University and a Masters in Education at Mount St. Vincent University. An active vocal instructor, singer, and instrumentalist, she is also the music specialist at St. Kevin’s Junior High in the Goulds (Goulds rules!) and has been happily teaching there for over a decade.

Brenda Gatherall

A founding member of Lady Cove, Brenda is a music teacher at St. Bonaventure’s College and a sessional instructor at Memorial University. Brenda has been playing clarinet professionally in the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra for 20+ years and is an Associate Conductor with Shallaway. Brenda teaches private music lessons and loves travelling, gardening and being out on the ocean!

Jennifer Halliday-Chafe

A proud member of Lady Cove since 2011, Jennifer’s love for choir began at 8 years old when she joined Shallaway Youth Choir. Jennifer holds a BFA (Music) degree from York University and now owns and operates her own private music studio. She also enjoys performing with her band “The Hallidays”. Music isn’t the only love of Jennifer’s life, she also loves to spend time with her amazing family, going on runs with her dog Louie, and consuming wine and pizza!

Sarah Halliday

Choir has been a huge part of Sarah’s life since she was little… she can’t imagine life without her choral community! When she’s not singing up a storm with her choir gals or her band “The Hallidays”, Sarah is a social media content creator and Operations Manager at Heave Away – a local waste management company. Sarah is a self-proclaimed wine and French fry connoisseur and loves to travel the world with her hubby Dave. She also thinks she is hilarious. Just ask her 😉

Tina Hand

Tina is the proud mom of three wonderful kids – family and friends are what she values most. A founding member of Lady Cove, music has always been a big part of her life, she’s even recently taken up guitar and is loving it! Tina keeps active going to the gym, hiking, and walking. Passionate about giving back, two charities near and dear to Tina’s heart are the Dr. Jack Hand Legacy Foundation and Ronald McDonald House.

Alyssa Hicks

Alyssa became a member of Lady Cove in 2021. She is the Co-Owner and Director of Ovation Music Studio in CBS, where she teaches voice and piano. She performs with her husband, Jon, as a duo called “Take Two,” and has participated in many local theatre productions. She loves kayaking, coffee, spending time with family and her greyhound, Lucy.

Kayla Humby

Kayla is a primary/elementary teacher in St. John’s and mother to 6-year-old boy/girl twins. She grew up participating different bands/choirs and playing the piano. Aside from music, Kayla loves to go for walks, read, and cook! She is super excited to be singing with Lady Cove!

Leanne Kearsey

Leanne is a Certified Music Therapist with Eastern Health and gets to combine her love for choir and music therapy in her work with Shallaway’s Lauda Ensemble and the Festival 500: Growing the Voices adult singing program, “So You Always Wanted to Sing”. Leanne is a traveller at heart and is always planning the next big adventure!

Andrea Lane Gardner

A dedicated member of Lady Cove since 2005, Andrea is a K-6 Music Specialist and Teacher Librarian, dedicated to helping young people discover and share joy through music making. Music occupies every corner of her life! Andrea accompanies several Shallaway Youth Choir ensembles and serves on the Board of Directors of the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival. When not singing or playing piano or violin, she can be found reading, gardening, baking and hiking with her husband and two daughters.

Yvonne Manning

Yvonne loves hiking, cooking, history, being “on the peninsula” with friends and family and all things French. Having always sung in choirs, this bloomed when she came to “town” to attend Holy Heart of Mary High School. Yvonne divides her time between St. John’s and Sandy Cove, where she can be heard rehearsing for choir while picking berries near Caplin Gulch.

Anna Mercer

Anna is a soprano currently studying with Jane Leibel at Memorial University. Since 2019 Anna has been a Choral Scholar with Shallaway and has had the privilege of conducting at Podium 2022. Her vocal and choral work has been widely recognized with awards such as the Ivan Palmer Award in Choral Music (2021), Debut Atlantic’s Award for Music Excellence (2019), and three Kiwanis Rose Bowls.

Sarah Nolan

Sarah, usually found: drinking coffee, raising 3 kids, spending time with my husband, family or friends, cuddling pets, taking photos, painting, hairstyling, podcasting, singing, procrastinating at an expert level or even siting quietly daydreaming about travel or home renovations.

Gillian Pridham

Gillian’s earliest memory of choral singing (age 4) was in church junior choir in her basement with her dad as the conductor. Gillian was a founding member of the Giocoso Singers and has also sung with MUN Chamber Choir and Cantus Vocum. She is delighted to have found her choir soulmates in Lady Cove. She served as Chair of the Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music for six years. Gillian continues to practice Dentistry in downtown St. John’s.

Rose Skinner

There once was a girl from Harbour Breton,
Who by the music bug was right bitten.
It became very clear, teaching was her career,
And with choral music she was smitten.

Now this sweet girl resides in C.B.S.
Where the view and weather are heaven blessed.
She’s a mom to two boys and a pup half their size.
Her motto is “Live life to the fullest!”

Katie Sullivan

An active music educator and performer in St. John’s, Katie teaches instrumental music in four elementary schools and is the Principal Trumpet of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Katie is a very proud member of Lady Cove and has been singing with the group since the very beginning. She is also the proud mom of four children – Lauren, Thomas, Kathryn and Maria.

Rebecca Taylor-Sussex

Rebecca’s choral life began in elementary school as a founding member of Shallaway Youth Choir. Since then, she has sung in choirs from Ontario to Australia. She spends her days keeping up with her two kids and puppy, Milo. She loves exploring coffee shops wherever she goes and takes great pleasure in watching her gardens grow.

Morgan van den Hoonaard

Morgan began singing at a young age, and has since sung with the Mount Pearl Show Choir, Shallaway, and, more recently, Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir. Her singing has taken her across the world, enjoying unforgettable moments with her choir family. When she’s not singing, she enjoys cuddling with her cat playing video games, playing guitar and singing with her husband, and playing at the park with her daughter Emma.

Angela Warren

Angela Warren is the music specialist at Lakecrest Independent School in St. John’s. She received a Masters of Arts in Music Education and a Mastery Certification in Orff Pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. A full-time private voice instructor, Angela is also an active presenter for national, provincial and local music conferences.

Abra Whitney

Abra (BMus/MMus) is a singer, actor, educator, and conductor. She is a very proud private teacher at Intervals Music Studio. Abra has performed with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Opera on the Avalon, Resource Centre for the Arts, TaDa! Events, Atlantic Light Theatre, QVRR, Best Kind Productions, and has produced her own shows. She loves all animals, Stevie Wonder, and local craft beer.

Donna Beck House
Mary Brennan
Kristian Butt
Haley Cheeseman
Kathy Conway
Anna Corbett
Siobhan Donovan
Julia Halfyard
Jennifer Hart
Rebecca Hender
Elizabeth Johnson
Adrianna Lear
Meaghan Malone
Sarah McDonald
Annie McCarthy
Colleen McCarthy
Jennifer Nakashima
Emily Nelder
Grace Nolan
Katharine Nuotio-Trimm
Jessica Power
Krysta Rudofsky
Jill Ryan
Lori Shortall
Erin Sullivan
Norah Veinott