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Primary Students Share ‘Holiday Memories’ in Concert

Junior School students reflect on the recent Primary Concert that celebrated the holiday season through song and dance
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Young Singers Rock Out for Choral Concert

Grade 4-8 students took to the stage for a Choral Concert this week that was more like a rock show than a choir performance
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Putting the “Service” in Christmas Carol Service

Our annual Christmas Carol Service brings the community together for a beautiful evening of music and student reflections

Grade 4 String Musicians Make Their Public Debut

After just three months of learning music, our talented young strings musicians took the stage this week and showed off their skills
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Middle School Musicians, Singers Perform “Melodies in March” Concert

As a way to showcase all they've learned so far in their musical education at SMUS, our Middle School music students – choir, band...
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Primary Students Spread Christmas Cheer at Concert

In what is probably the most adorable show of the Christmas season, our Junior School played host this week to two performances of the...
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Music, Reflections Bring Christmas Carol Service to Life

Against the backdrop of the majestic Christ Church Cathedral, our annual Christmas Carol Service is a wonderful way for our school community to assemble and get into...

Grade 7 and 8 Students Put Strings Skills on Display

One of the most remarkable aspects of a SMUS education is the introduction to music at an early age. Students pick up their first...

Grade 5 String Orchestra Performs at Junior School

On Friday morning, Grade 5 students brandished their bows – the musical tool, not the arrow-shooting weapon – to serenade classmates, teachers, parents and grandparents...
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SMUS Musician Shines in ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Symphony Performance

POP QUIZ: Which talented musician performed to a screaming crowd of more than 40,000 British Columbians this past long weekend? a) Taylor Swift b) SMUS student Ben...
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Junior and Middle Schools Get Together for a Choral Evening

It's a great time of year for concerts. The kids have been practicing and are at the height of their musical ability. Everyone is...

Grade 12 Student Composes a Personal SMUS Musical Journey

The journey that is high school is unique and very personal for every student. Most don't express that full experience in a public forum; offering up something tangible that...
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Cross-Campus Strings Show Highlights Musicians of All Ages

by Darin Steinkey Some people are surprised to hear that SMUS students begin learning to play stringed instruments in Grade 4. The real surprise, to...
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Pitch Perfect: Large Ensembles Concert

If there's one thing that's certain about attending a SMUS concert, it's that your ears are always in for an outstanding auditory smorgasbord. From...
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Primary Students Jingle All The Way Onstage

To cap off the holiday season, our Junior School hosted its annual Primary Christmas Concert this week, much to the delight of proud parents...
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Middle School Band Students Exude Christmas Cheer

A concert leading up to Christmas doesn't have to simply include traditional holiday music to make it a great show, and our Middle School band students...
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Carol Service Brings Reflections on the Holiday Season

Our annual Carol Service is a joyous opportunity for members of the SMUS community to gather and reflect on what the holiday season means to...
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Grade 4 Musicians Make Live Performance Debut

Playing a stringed, bowed instrument is no cake walk. It takes a lot of practice to get the technique correct, and a lot of...
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Middle School Music: Learning Through Performance

SMUS has a number of amazing opportunities to rehearse and perform as a group and individually. Mrs. Smith's annual Strings Ensemble concert is one...
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Small Ensembles: Small on Numbers, Big on Talent

Each year the Small Ensembles Concert, the first major event of the music season, offers students the opportunity to perform in front of an...
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Grade 5 Students Bow and Pluck to Make Beautiful Music

Even the most famous rock stars get butterflies in their stomachs before they go onstage and put on a memorable show. But when our Grade 5 students...
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Jazz Night Embraces Rock, Soul and the ’80s

The annual Jazz Night (either the 12th or 13th annual, depending on who you talk to) is a great event for the musicians to...
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Young Voices, Old Songs at Choral Concert

Our Junior and Middle School choirs teamed up for a concert this week, filling Christ Church Cathedral with their lovely voices. For the Grade 4...
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Mixed Ensembles Concert "Out of this World"

by Jake Humphries, University Counsellor and Stage Crew To be successful as a musician, a performer must have the "big picture" of what music is,...

Middle School Musicians in the Spotlight

Unlike most of our concerts, the Middle School Melodies in March concert is not an annual affair; rather, it happens on the years when...

Large Ensembles: The Diversity of Music

It was an exciting kick-off to the 2014 music season this week, as Band Director Gordon Clements made his debut on the Farquhar stage....

Tiny Voices Perform Holiday Tunes

Our Junior School hosted their own very special Christmas concert this week. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 performed a few fun holiday pieces...

Find Meaning in the Season

Our Carol Service encourages us all to connect with the spiritual side of this holiday season, whatever our faith or beliefs. Through music and...

Strings Musicians Review Concerts

Recently, both our Grade 4 and 5 Strings students gave performances at the Junior School. Below, young musicians talk about how it feels to...

Small Ensembles: Standards and Experiments

A show with a solid foundation of standards punctuated by experimentation and nerves, the Small Ensembles concert is always a good time. With a...

Middle School Musicians: Ragtime and Jazz

by Mary Smith, strings teacher On a bright, sunny day the musicians in this Middle School string orchestra presented pieces by George Frederic Handel and...
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Standards and Solos for Jazz Night

Depending on who you talk to, Jazz Night has been an annual event for anywhere from 12 - 17 years. A few changes marked...
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Concerto Spotlights Soloists

The Concerto Concert always stands out in a very hectic concert season, perhaps because its format is so different from the rest of our...

Going Solo at the Concerto Concert

With the Concerto Concert coming up on Wednesday, May 29 in the Farquhar Auditorium at the University of Victoria, we thought we'd offer a...
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Campuses Unite in Song

by Darin Steinkey I love shooting pictures at Christ Church. Although it's dark, the light is usually fairly even and the performers are set against...
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Banding Together for a Farewell Concert

by Erin Anderson, editor It was an exciting and moving concert that marked John Reid’s final appearance on UVic’s Farquhar stage. Special guests, dedicated songs...
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Brian Christensen ’11: If I Should Fall

One of the dreams of any music teacher is to see their students go on to love and play music as an important part...
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Cross Campus Strings: Firsts and Finals

In the opening show of concert season at SMUS, the Cross Campus Strings featured appearances (musically, anyway) from Mahler, Saint-Saëns, the League of Legends...
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Large Ensembles: A View From the Wings

Although Jake Humphries writes about music as magic (and we agree), as you'll read below there is no magic to getting concerts organized. Jake...
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Tradition and Innovation Drive Small Ensembles

A yearly tradition, the Small Ensembles concert allows SMUS students the chance to show their musical stuff. In this video, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble...
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Holiday Songs Brighten Winter Season

Carols are a staple of Christmas celebration, and with a student body packed with amazing singers, it seems only natural that SMUS contributes a...
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Inside Our Strings Ensemble

Last week, our Grade 7 and 8 Strings students gave their first concert of the year. The afternoon featured both solo performers and the...
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Never Too Young for Strings

by Angelina, Grade 5 On November 20, the SMUS Grade 5 students played a concert at the Junior School. To demonstrate our learning, we played...
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Concert Bands Mix It Up for Spring

Photos by Darin Steinkey Last week, the SMUS bands celebrated spring with their annual band concert in the Farquhar Auditorium at the University of...
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Choirs Present Movie Songs and Latin Classics

by Erin Anderson, editor Last Tuesday, young voices filled the already crowded Christ Church Cathedral, as students from Grade 4-8 performed a range of choral...
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Armed Man

by Darin Steinkey, writer When SMUS choir director Peter Butterfield first asked me to sing in the choir for the Music department’s spring showcase piece,...
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Melodies From the Middle School

by Donna Williams, Head of Music Anyone who was fortunate enough to be at UVic this Monday evening, was treated to an eclectic outpouring of...
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The Path to Concert Performance

by Darin Steinkey Throughout the concert season, the Large Ensembles is always a stand-out event. Because of the sheer numbers of students involved, the length...
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SMUS Ensembles Livin’ Large

by Darin Steinkey, writer How large is the Large Ensembles Concert? Very. Almost 300 students took to the Farquhar Auditorium stage at the University of Victoria...
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Small Ensembles Perform Big Songs

by Danny Park, Grade 10 On Friday, December 2nd, the Alix Goolden Performance Hall at the Victoria Conservatory of Music was filled with sonorous sounds...
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Primary Students Give Holiday Show

Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 performed at a special tea for the grandparents and other guests last week. It was a wonderful and...

Strings Students Give Stirring Performance

Middle School parents, students and staff were treated to a wonderful afternoon of music last week. Grade 7 and 8 strings students played a...
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Choral Concert Features Many Voices

Students in Grades 4-12 sang in the Cross-Campus Choral Concert at Christ Church Cathedral last night, performing a wide range of pieces. The youngest...
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Cross Campus Band Concert Scores Big

At this hectic time in the school year, it's great to have an opportunity for an enjoyable evening of music. On Wednesday night, band...
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Concerto Concert Showcases Soloists

The soloists were not alone on stage, but rather had the support of an entire orchestra. In each piece, there were moments of just...
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Concert Covers A World of Music

This Wednesday, band, strings and choral students from the Senior School performed music from around the world at the annual Large Ensembles Concert. The...

Junior School Celebrates The Season

The Junior School has been very busy this month with many holiday events. This week, they held their own carol service, complete with a...

Small Ensembles Concert a Festive Event

  by Erin Anderson, editor This week, students graced the stage at the Victoria Conservatory of Music for the Small Ensembles Concert. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble kicked...
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Middle School Carol Service

by Amita On December 2nd, the Middle School had its annual carol service. I sung in the Grade 8 choir. The two songs we sung...
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SMUS Review: Middle School Cellists Perform

by Athena Kerins and Keeley Copeland, Grade 8 On October 17th, Desmond Hoebig, a professional cellist, came to the Junior School with us. He played...
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SMUS Review: The Time Benders

by Rachel Olson, Grade 8 As I walked along the stone-brick path to chapel, I thought what was about to happen was going to be...

The Fugitives Captivate SMUS

by Erin Anderson, editor Last Friday, one the SMUS’ favourite musical guests returned to perform for students. Modern folk band The Fugitives brought their mix...

Students Band Together for Cross-Campus Concert

by Erin Anderson, editor Just as their strings counterparts took to the stage a few weeks ago, our Middle School and Senior School band students...
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Baroque Concert Rocks the House

by Erin Anderson, editor The annual Cross-Campus Strings Concert took a different turn this year, expanding its scope to include everything from the Baroque era...

Melodies From the Middle School

by Erin Anderson, editor This Wednesday, the Middle School held a concert that was unusual in many ways. From the choirs, to the string ensembles...

Concert Spotlights our Six String Nation

by Erin Anderson, editor Though our amazing music students and staff never stop delivering astounding concerts, this week’s Spotlight on Canada Concert truly defied expectations....

Jazz Night a Cool Treat

See slideshow This week was the annual Jazz Night, one of the most swinging events of the concert season. The Middle School Jazz Band, Senior...

Concert Shows Students' Growth

See slideshow The busy spring concert season that kicked off last month with the Cross-Campus Choral concert hit a crescendo this Wednesday with the annual...

Concerto Concert Shows Off Soloists

See slideshow Our musicians delivered another excellent concert this week. The Concerto Concert, which comes once every two years, includes extremely challenging classical pieces from...

Concert Showcases Cross-Campus Voices

See slideshow This week, choral students from Grades 4-12 performed at the annual cross-campus choral concert. The Christ Church Cathedral was filled to the ceiling...

Large Ensembles Deliver Astounding Sounds

The SMUS campus was bursting with music this Wednesday, as 300 student musicians and vocalists performed for an appreciative audience. The annual Large Ensembles...

Junior School Swings with Strings

Junior School has had a very musical month. The Grade 5 and Grade 4 Strings ensembles played their first concerts of the year, and...

First Notes from Strings Ensemble

The Grade 7/8 Strings Ensemble held its first concert this week, performing for a packed hall of parents, staff, the Grade 6 Strings class...

Senior Choral Concert

choir On Monday, the Christ Church Cathedral was filled with harmonious voices during the Senior Choir Concert. Gifted string musicians paired with brilliant singing made...

Jazz Served up with a Side of Ice Cream

jazz On Tuesday, students, family and staff enjoyed a candle-lit evening of Jazz in the SMUS gym, with talented swing musicians from the Middle and...

Spring Band Concert

This Wednesday, Middle School and Senior School band students showed off their talents at the much-anticipated cross-campus Spring Band Concert. The Brass Ensembles opened the...

1st Annual Capital City Jazz Festival

The 1st Annual Capital City Jazz Festival was in full swing in the SMUS gymnasium this Wednesday, featuring 153 talented young musicians from seven...

Middle School Musicians Shine

After six hours of rehearsing last Thursday afternoon, it is safe to state that the Middle School put together a stellar performance Thursday evening....

Middle School Band Concert was an Instrumental Success

Middle School band students proved hard work pays off during their evening performance in Monday's Winter Wonder Band Concert. The show opened with the Honour...

Large Ensembles Scores High

Senior School students showed off their musical talents in the Large Ensembles concert at the University of Victoria on Wednesday evening. The show opened symphony-style...

Students Swing and Sing

The Senior School’s musicians and vocalists put on a fabulous concert at the Victoria Conservatory of Music this Monday evening, performing jazz, swing, choir...

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