About Area 1

Harmony, Inc. is an international, non-profit organization whose purpose is “Empowering all women through education, friendship, and singing!”  In simplest terms, Harmony, Inc. is staying true to the reasons we exist, and we know who we are. For decades, we’ve provided a venue for women to express themselves, make quality music together, and form bonds beyond measure. We plan to continue doing just that, and we invite you to join us for the ride.

Harmony, Inc. is not quite coast-to-coast or around the world. You can check out current geographic reach, but also know that we’re growing faster today than we have in recent history. Our mission to bring to Harmony, Inc. to more women’s lives is alive and well—and we remain focused on expanding our geographic reach.

Divided into 6 geographical areas, Area 1 represents the eastern most provinces of Canada: Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland, and Labrador.

Barbershop has been alive and well in our area for many years. It seems there isn’t a place in the eastern part of Canada that hasn’t been touched by 4 part a cappella music.
All Area 1 Chapters are listed here, whether currrently active, or disbanded.

   Area 1 Bio
Area 1 currently has 371 members in 9 chapters that are located in one of 4 Atlantic provinces: New Brunswick; Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Area 1 as it is now known was formally founded in 1979 but a chorus, The Sea Belles, was chartered as early as April 1969 and in 1970 3 chartered chapters: Sea Belles; Chaleur Echoes; and Nova Chords participated in our ‘first, fun contest.

This first, fun contest has grown into a very successful annual Area Convention and Contest that is held each June at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

Area 1’s Council meets 3 times a year, in April, October and January. Our Area 1 Directors Forum was launched in 2019 and brings our Music Directors and Assistant Directors together to focus on music education and to support each other and Council whenever needed.

We are also very proud of our two annual education events: Sing into Spring held each April and Harmony Harvest that is held every October. Members of Area 1 are busy and we are proud to celebrate all that we do in our newsletter, Area 1 Ensemble, that is published in January and July every year.


Chapter Name City Charter Date Date Disbanded Notes
Bluenose Belles Halifax, Nova Scotia July 9 1987 March 1 1990
Bluenose Tradition Bedford-Sackville, NS March 10 1999 June 11 2002
Border Belles Amherst, Nova Scotia February 8 1981 March 31 2003
Breton Belles (The) Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Apri 26 1975 March 1 1985
Breton Songbirds Sydney, NS April 4 2018
Brunswick Belles Sussex, New Brunswick April 5 1975 March 16 1999
Carleton Gems Woodstock, New Brunswick May 2 1981 March 31 1986
Chaleur Echoes Dalhousie, New Brunswick April 9 1970 April 4 2014
Citadel Chimes Halifax, Nova Scotia April 2 1987 October 2 2007
Cobequid Fun-Tones Oxford, NS March 19 1985
Codiac Chords Moncton, NB April 22 1977 March 31, 2023
Cumberland Choristers Springhill, Nova Scotia March 30 1969 November 1 1970
Elm City Echoes, Inc. Fredericton, NB April 23 1977
Island A Cappella Charlottetown, PE July 5 1982 formerly Abegweit Chimes, renamed Island A Cappella Jan 6, 2014
Keltic Chords New Glasgow, NS April 1 1992 March 31 2009
Mel-O-Dees Truro, NS December 18 1978 January 27 2013
Miner Chords Minto, New Brunswick April 28 1979 March 22 1984
Miramichi Melodies Miramichi, New Brunswick May 31 1996 February 1 2005
Newfound Sound St. John's, NL May 20 1988
Nova Chords Yarmouth, Nova Scotia April 11 1970 February 29 1996
Random Sound Clarenville, Newfoundland May 15 1982 March 31 1985
ScotianAires Dartmouth, NS March 11 1983
Sea Belles Saint John, NB April 1 1969
Seaside A Cappella Bridgewater, NS June 1 2018
Summer City Sounds Summerside, PEI May 31 1996 February 1 2003
Valley Voices Kentville, NS November 1 1979 chartered as Queens of Kings Nov 1/79, renamed Valley Voices Feb 12/02
Westmorland Chimes Petitcodiac, New Brunswick April 18 1984 March 31 1990
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