The Ernst Family
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The Ernst Family

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"Nina Scott-Stoddart"

The Ernst Family is unique: a family of dedicated, talented and enthusiastic musicians who have worked on their craft for many years, and who combine intelligence, passion, love, faith and a sense of humour. Their music, whether sacred or secular, is superb. - Maritime Concert Opera

"Heart-stoppingly true voices"

It's hard to do justice to the unique sound of the Ernst Family ... - Chronical Herald

"Wonderful Family"

It was wonderful to hear the singing, and the response of the people to a concert of ten singers in harmony with one another. Working with this family has been a delight. - John Gunn

"Ernst Family"

This is a close knit family with close knit harmonies, a joy to listen to and a joy to observe. - Pastor Steven Hiltz


For The Heart- September 2004

Give Me Jesus- October 2007

A Touch of Folk- October 2007



The Ernst Family is a family vocal ensemble based in Lunenburg, NS. The group currently consists of parents Gregg and Jennie Ernst and eight of their ten children. They sing mainly a capella music in up to eight part harmony in styles ranging from early Renaissance to modern day spirituals, folk, and light pop.

The Family started singing after Joshua's voice changed in 2001, making 4 part harmony a possiblity. Since then, positive audience response, first at local venues and later across the province, convinced the Ernst Family that they had a gift to be shared, and share it they have! During the last two years, the Ernst Family have toured extensively throughout the Maritimes, Ontario, and eastern USA, as well as making frequent appearences on local and national television and radio. They continue to seek ways to broaden their horizens both geographically and musically.

Members of the Ernst Family have become known for a variety of other endeavours as well. Gregg Ernst is a blacksmith, and it was in his shop that the ironwork for the Bluenose and Bluenose II, which is depicted on the Canadian dime, was forged. Gregg is also an internationally recognised strength athlete and competed in the 1991 and 1992 'World Strongest Man' competitions as well as setting the world record for 'the most weight any man has ever lifted' (5340 lbs) in 1993. Jennie Ernst is well known to all Nova Scotian home schoolers, having chaired the provincial association for a number of years and represented it in many legal negotiations with the provincial government.