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Grade 4 Kingston Symphony Education Partnership

The Symphony Education Partnership is a project that increases the awareness of classical music at the grade 4 level. Each February, the Kingston Symphony presents four full orchestra concerts for grade four students in the two local school boards. This is a joint venture between the Kingston Symphony, the Limestone District School Board and the Algonquin & Lakeshore District Catholic School Board, and the School of Music at Queen's University.

Prior to these concerts, grade four students are taught by Queen's University music education students a set curriculum prepared by a member of the Queen's University School of Music faculty.



Now in its fourth year, the 'Meet the Music Makers' program consists of workshops that take place in the spring in area schools and is geared toward upper elementary school students. Kingston Symphony musicians along with Queen's University School of Music students give informal presentations to these students. These presentations include performances, discussion, and the opportunity for students to learn to produce basic sounds on instruments.

Quinte Symphony Orchestra

Quinte Symphony Orchestra is a congenial gathering of Eastern Ontario amateur musicians from both the Quinte and Kingston regions, although all concerts are held in Belleville . Some instrumental positions are limited but strings are always welcome! Please email if you'd like to join! A (casual) audition will be arranged so the conductor can place you in the orchestra.

Contact Adrienne Deveau-Wachner , Personnel Manager
Phone: (613) 961-7207
Email: [email protected]

Season Concerts for 2007-2008

The Quintessential Greg Butler
Sunday, October 21, 2007,
2:30 pm
Guest Artist: Greg Butler, pianist
Shostakovich - Festive Overture
Mozart - Piano Concerto in A major
Dvorák - New World Symphony

The Promise of A King
Sunday, December 09, 2007
2:30 p.m.
Belleville Choral Society
Susan Richardson, Music Director
Malcolm Forsyth - Jubilee Overture
Clement Clark Moore - ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Cacavas - Christmas Festival
Larson & Martin - The Promise of A King

Sounds of Spring
Sunday, April 06, 2008
2:30 p.m.
Sibelius - Karelia Overture and Suite
Pierre Mercure - Kaleidoscope
Franck - Symphony in D

Beethoven & Bowman
Saturday, May 10, 2008, 7:30 pm Guest Artist: Ben Bowman - violin
Beethoven - König Stephan Overture
Beethoven - Violin Concerto in D
Beethoven - Symphony no. 7

Founded in 1960 as the Eastern Ontario Concert Orchestra by Stephen Choma in conjunction with local businessman Thomas Bata, the Quinte Symphony has become one of Quinte's most significant and highly acclaimed performing arts organizations.

For over 40 years the orchestra has been performing live orchestral music in the Quinte region with world-class performers such as Mary Lou Fallis, Eduard Minevich and Anton Kuerti. The symphony has also featured home grown talent such as pianist Greg Butler, the Belleville Choral Society, Donna Bennett, Marilyn Woolven and Steven Belanger to name a few.



Semester 2 (Course Overview PDF)
This program is designed to prepare students for a career dedicated to music by teaching them practical, real-world skills needed to succeed in that profession. Skills such as theory, marketing and promotions, performance and management will all be studied.
Alain McCann 546-5575



The Melos Choral Ensemble

David Cameron, Music Director

Founded in 1984 by Music Director David Cameron as an ensemble of sixteen singers, Melos expanded in 2000 to become The Melos Choral Ensemble, a mixed-voice choir of 40-50 members. Melos performs four concerts per year, which take place at city churches or at one of the two Kingston cathedrals. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings, from September to May, at MacCallum Hall, Chalmers United Church, and membership is by audition.
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Attention String Players!!
The Limestone City Strings

For an enjoyable evening playing your violin, viola, cello, or bass with a group who play for enjoyment, consider joining The Limestone City Strings!

For information call Conductor Egon Wittman 613-542-0074

Or visit us at our weekly rehearsals Tuesday Evening 7:30-9:30 p.m.
St Mark’s Lutheran Church - Victoria and Earl Streets


Kingston Community Strings

The Kingston Community Strings is a forty member amateur string orchestra, led by Kingston Symphony musicians and available without audition to players at any level of development. This group plays a variety of string orchestral repertoire and performs concerts at various functions throughout the community. New members are always welcome! For more information, please contact the Kingston Symphony Association office at 613-546-9729 or email them.


Queen's University: Faculty of Music

Queen's University offers four undergraduate degrees with concentrations in music.

The School of Music admits students into a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Music degree, as described on the B.Mus. page. Admission is based on an audition, and students must also meet the minimum academic requirements for admission to the University. Details on how to apply and the audition process are described on the Prospective Students page.

For those students whose goal to be a music educator has been chosen before they enter university, the B.Mus. degree can be combined with a Bachelor of Education. Admission to the five-year concurrent B.Mus./B.Ed. program is based on an audition, on a Personal Statement of Experience (evaluated by the Faculty of Education) and on meeting Queen's academic requirements. A student whose application to the B.Mus/B.Ed. program is unsuccessful will automatically be considered for the B.Mus. program.


Limestone Education Through the Arts

The Limestone Education through the Arts Program is a full time, year-long placement for students in grades 7 and 8. Students study all subjects required in the Ontario Curriculum through an integrated approach that emphasizes arts-based activities and creative expression. LEAP is taught by teachers with backgrounds in the arts. Students participate in regular, extended experiences that develop their skills and interests in movement, drama, visual arts and music.

This program is designed for students who demonstrate a strong interest in the arts and naturally gravitate to a variety of creative and artistic activities. Candidates will be assessed on demonstrated creative and expressive ability in one or more of drama, music, visual arts or movement, the ability to interact successfully as a member of a team, and an academic standing in all subjects that is at or near the standard for the grade level.

The LEAP Program is offered at one site, at Calvin Park Public School in Kingston.
Hollee Dine (Principal)


Sheet Music Supplies

Xanadu Music: Sheet Supplies and Lessons

Xanadu Music Inc.
641 Princess Street
Kingston ON K7L 1E4
Telephone: (613) 548-1551
Email: [email protected]
Number of Employees: 1
Contact: Alana Hyndman, Proprietor
Classification(s): MUSIC
Notes: Sheet music sales, extensive & varied sales of music accessories (strings, dumsticks, etc.). Sales of giftware. Lessons for various instruments and voice.



Kingston Youth Orchestra

The Kingston Youth Orchestra is made up of high school aged musicians who seek a challenge beyond what they can get from school and private music lessons, who are developing their ensemble skills, and may be considering a career in music. It is conducted by Gordon Craig, Professor of Music at Queens University. Please contact Linda Craig for information about the group.

Kingston Youth Strings

The Kingston Youth Strings is a feeder orchestra for the string section of the Kingston Youth Orchestra and consists of younger children who are keen to develop their performing skills. Both groups benefit from professional leadership and from a range of performing opportunities throughout the season. The Kingston Youth Orchestra has proudly represented our city at national and provincial youth orchestra festivals. Auditions are held in September. If you are interested in auditioning or would like more information, please contact the Kingston Symphony Association office at 613-546-9729 or email them.

Queen's Symphony Orchestra (students)

Directed by: Gordon Craig
Rehearsals: Monday & Wednesday, 4 - 5.30 pm

Queen's University Symphony Orchestra is comprised of approximately 70 talented students, under the direction of Gordon Craig. The orchestra performs several times per year and any Queen's student is invited to audition for membership. Membership is not limited to School of Music students.

National Youth Orchestra of Canada

“the best youth orchestra in the world.

Many Kingston musicians are themselves alumni of the NYO. Gisele Dalbec-Szczesniak, Andrew Farmer, and Joan Sutherland are all Kingstonians who were members of the NYO.

Founded in 1960, the NYOC was established primarily as an educational body with the objective of preparing young Canadian musicians for careers as professional orchestral players. Its success has been proven by the fact that approximately one-third of Canada's professional orchestral musicians are alumni of the NYOC.

Every year, the NYOC receives an average of 500 applications from across Canada for a coveted 100 positions in the orchestra. (By contrast, the Kingston Symphony is a little over half that size.) Based on nationally held auditions, successful candidates will be given the opportunity to participate in the NYOC regardless of economic or geographic circumstance. All musicians are awarded scholarships to help cover the costs of the NYOC training session.

The session, held on the campus of a Canadian university, offers more hours of training of orchestral playing in one summer than most universities offer in a year. Faculty members of the NYOC come from prominent orchestras throughout Europe and North America.

Following the NYOC’s 1996 Tokyo performance, delegates of the World Youth Orchestra Conference Festival declared the NYOC as being “the best youth orchestra in the world.” In 2002, the NYOC returned to Asia to perform at the same festival as well as tour parts of Japan and China.

In its forty-five years, the NYOC has become an internationally renowned and respected training ground for young orchestral musicians. Its alumni form the core of major Canadian orchestras while others are members of prominent international orchestras. More than 2,300 of Canada's finest young musicians have received invaluable orchestral training from this nationally treasured institution which remains unique from its inception to the present day.