November 20, 2019

Meet the Chorus

Come to the About Us section to meet the director, and find out what we're all about!


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Love to sing? Want to learn some exciting repertoire of music? Passionate about music? Come to the  Join Us section to find out how you can get involved


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What is Barbershop?

Find out about this fabulous organization of barbershoppers.  Explore the art form of a 4-part harmony, acapella singing.  Find out more on our  What is Barbershop page.  


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Karen Porter - Team Manager




I was born in London Ontario and lived there until my early teens when my family moved to St. Catherines Ontario. After graduation from Grantham High school, I entered the College of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. Five years there and I began my career in pharmacy, remaining in Toronto. I preferred hospital pharmacy and worked at Princess Margaret and Scarborough General Hospitals.  It was during this time that I met my husband, Bill, and we were married about 2 years after meeting.

As Bill worked for an oil company, we began moving with his job - Ottawa, Newfoundland, Calgary, London England, Ottawa, Westport Connecticut, The Hague Netherlands, Toronto, Houston Texas, and Washington DC. During this time, I returned to school and obtained my masters in psychology. I worked in that field from then until I retired.


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While we were in Washington, I was introduced by a work colleague to Sweet Adelines and joined the Vienna Falls Chorus in 1998. I sang with them and went to my first International Competition with them. 

In 2004, we moved back to Canada to Collingwood. I waited seven years to join another chorus, as I knew that it was a commitment of time and energy. So in 2011, I began with Harmony North and became a full member in 2012.

Harmony North is a small group of women who love to sing and work together to make that happen. The group makes everyone feel welcome and I enjoy being with them and singing with them. It didn't take me long to discover that individual voices and helping out means a lot more in a chorus of under 30 than it did in a chorus of over 100 voices. It is a pleasure for me to work and sing with this group of women. 


Catherine Robertson - Director



Catherine Robertson

 Our director, Catherine Robertson, has an impressive background in music. She has conducted and directed many other choruses and choirs, and is a teacher with the Bluewater School Board. She also plays many instruments, can read 8 languages, has performed as a soloist many times, and likes to sew. She started with Harmony North Chorus in January, 2014.