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The Culture of Performance

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Christopher Smith delves into why preparing for and delivering a performance is a skill we want all students to develop

Share Your Talents On Stage With Us for ‘The Armed Man’

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Join our Senior School musicians on stage for a performance of 'The Armed Man'
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The Halls are Alive With the Sound of Music

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No matter what time of day you walk through the Middle School, you are almost certain to be greeted by the sound of music...

Spring Break Trip 2019: Europe

Grade 10 students McKenna Williams and Amalia Mairet write about the Spring Break trip to Europe.
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Inspiring the Next Generation

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A great asset of a school like SMUS is having an amazing community of talent and expertise to draw upon to enrich our programs....
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Kathryn Humphries

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Junior School music teacher Ms. Kathryn Humphries is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Putting the “Service” in Christmas Carol Service

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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

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After just three months of learning music, our talented young strings musicians took the stage this week and showed off their skills

SMUS in the News: Singer/Songwriter Fintan O’Brien Raising Money for Youth Arts Camp

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July 14, 2016 Victoria News Fintan O'Brien '14 Young singer/songwriter raising funds for music camp

Middle School Band Clinics Offer Unique Learning Opportunities

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Middle School musicians performed in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival this week. For many of the Grade 6-8 students it was their first opportunity...

Spring Break Trip 2016: Europe

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Before I went to Europe on a Spring Break music tour, I had never left North America. Being able to see just how similar...
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SMUS Community Gathers for Fun Christmas Celebration

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As with any family, the holiday season just doesn't feel complete unless everyone gathers together for some fun and merriment. And at SMUS, that...
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Primary Students Spread Christmas Cheer at Concert

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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

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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

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

SMUS Musician Shines in ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Symphony Performance

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Keeping the Beat For War Child

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by Keeley Copeland, Grade 11 This year’s ‘Keep the Beat’ was a great success. The SMUS Arts Council worked together with students, staff and other...
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Jazz Night Embraces Rock, Soul and the ’80s

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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

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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"

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Music Review

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A few days ago, one of my colleagues recalled the occasion, over a decade ago, when she first heard our Grade Five string orchestra...
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Standards and Solos for Jazz Night

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Brian Christensen ’11: If I Should Fall

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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

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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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Paris and Amsterdam: Music & Culture

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by Danny Park Although it is difficult to express how spectacular this trip was, I will try. On March 13th, 36 students and four wonderful music...
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Large Ensembles: A View From the Wings

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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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What is an Orffestra?

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Orff music instruction at the Junior School is a lively, child-centered approach to music that incorporates singing, dancing, acting and playing instruments
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Tradition and Innovation Drive Small Ensembles

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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

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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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Former Students Get Junior School Swinging

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by Tim, Grade 10 percussionist in the Swing Band On November 29th, 30 keen Senior Swing Band students accompanied Mr. Reid to the SMUS Junior...
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Inside Our Strings Ensemble

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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

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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

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Photos by Darin Steinkey Last week, the SMUS bands celebrated spring with their annual band concert in the Farquhar Auditorium at the University of...

Ten Years of Keeping the Beat

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by Erin Anderson, editor Last Friday was no ordinary day. Keep the Beat, the annual fundraiser for War Child Canada, returned to SMUS for its...
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Choirs Present Movie Songs and Latin Classics

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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

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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

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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...

The Path to Concert Performance

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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A Howl of a Good Time in Boarding

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It was a weekend full of Halloween-themed everything for boarders and house parents; from Brown Hall meals, to fireworks, to the boarding-wide talent show,...
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SMUS in the News: Good Times for the Party on High Street

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Victoria News August 16, 2011 Nick Houghton '06, Brin Porter '06 Good Times for the Party on High Street

Keep the Beat 2011 Breaks Records

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At this year's annual Keep the Beat fundraiser, the SMUS Arts Council raised a record amount of money for War Child Canada: $8777.35. Selling...
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Choral Concert Features Many Voices

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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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Keep the Beat 2011 Kicks Off On Friday

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by Madeline Petersen, Grade 12 Friday May 27th is Keep the Beat, an annual fundraiser in support of War Child’s international projects that help kids...
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Cross Campus Band Concert Scores Big

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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

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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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It is a challenge to find a time for an event at the School these days - if you didn’t get it on the...

Student Uses Music to Fundraise

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by Emily Hayashi, Grade 12 Looking back on my service trip to Kenya two years ago, I didn’t realize I was signing my initials beside...

Brendan McLeod Performs New Monologue

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Frequent SMUS guest Brendan McLeod — author, poet, musician — stopped by to share his brand new monologue with our students. The member of...
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Concert Covers A World of Music

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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

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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

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  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...

Middle School Carol Service

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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...

Tim Williams ’83 Returns to SMUS

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by Brandon Chow, Grade 12 Last Friday afternoon culminated in a dramatic finale for many participants in the music programme at the Senior School, with...

Boarding Students Howl for Halloween

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by Donna Williams, Senior School Strings Teacher and Winslow House Staff Member On Halloween night the entire boarding community, some 250 students and over 30...
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Middle School Cellists Play with a Special Guest

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by Athena and Keeley, Grade 8 On October 17th, Desmond Hoebig, a professional cellist, came to the Junior School with us. He played the Schumann...
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SMUS Review: Middle School Cellists Perform

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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...

The Fugitives Captivate SMUS

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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...

SMUS Student Tours with National Band

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by Victor Ma, Grade 11 student About six months ago, I was simply checking my email in the library when I noticed a new email...

SMUS Keeps Up the Beat

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by Oliver Brooks, Grade 12 student On Friday May 28th, SMUS had its 9th annual Keep the Beat music marathon and fundraiser for the non-profit...

Grade 2 Students Let the Bells Ring

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by Mrs. Sharon Goodman Several students from the Grade 2 class have been participating in a bell choir since January. Abby, Seung, Ben, Angelina, Joshua...

Junior School Musicians Shine in Victoria Festival

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by Mary Smith, music teacher The city of Victoria is enriched annually in the early spring by the presence of the Greater Victoria Performing Arts...

Baroque Concert Rocks the House

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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...

An Evening of Poetry, Music, Art and Drama

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by Kate Loomer, Grade 11 At the most recent Student Theatre Society production, Eric Protzer invited us into the world of an aging man reflecting...

Melodies From the Middle School

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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...

The Borealis String Quartet at SMUS

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by Jonathan Sudul, Grade 5 On January 25, Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 string students heard a recital by the Borealis String Quartet. There...

Concert Spotlights our Six String Nation

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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....

Grade 4 Students Reflect on Canada's Identity

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by the Grade 4J class Jowi Taylor and Paul O'Brien's Six String Nation presentation inspired our Grade 4 students to think about a guitar in...

The Yale Alley Cats Kick Off 2010

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by Erin Anderson, editor Just as the school year got rolling again, Josh Evans ’08 returned to his old school to perform with the a...

Musical Guests Play for Junior Students

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by Grade 5 students Madison Liew and Elise Marchessault On Friday, November 27th the Senior School Swing Band cam to the Junior School to perform...

Middle School Christmas Service Reflections

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by Rev. Keven Fletcher One of the highlights of the Middle School Carol Service is the collection of reflections that the students offer on the...

Grade 7/8 Strings Shine in Schaffter Hall

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by Athena Kerins, Grade 7 On Wednesday, parents of strings students crowded into Schaffter Hall to hear us play. We had not played in that...

Grade 5 Students Review Grade 5 Concert

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by Grade 5 students Hannah Kitson, Elise Marchessault, and Katie McAulay On November 24th at 11:00 am, the Grade 5 students gave a wonderful strings...

Nikki Chooi In Concert at SMUS

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by Sydney, Grade 8 strings student This past Tuesday my friends and I had the pleasure of hearing an amazing performance by Nikki Chooi and...

Brendan McLeod Mixes Music and Poetry

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Mr. Young's classroom was packed this Thursday afternoon, with students crowding in to see Brendan McLeod, a member of the Fugitives troupe that often...

War Child Musician Ends his Tour at SMUS

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Last Friday, SMUS students and staff saw Liam Titcomb give his last performance of his three-month national tour. Liam, who has released two full-lengths...

Q & A with DJ Legit

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Grade 11 student Tom Zheng has certainly made an impression at SMUS in his first year here, as he has DJed at many events,...

The Sounds of Middle School

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See slideshow There was something for everyone at last night’s Middle School concert at the University of Victoria. Every student in the school took part....

Concerto Concert Shows Off Soloists

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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...

Music and Math Come Together

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Before Spring Break, SMUS welcomed mathematics historian Glen Van Brummelen, who spoke to students about the interplay of music and mathematics. As part of...

Large Ensembles Deliver Astounding Sounds

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

Small Ensembles Put on a Powerful Show

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This Wednesday, our musicians took to the Victoria Conservatory stage for the annual Small Ensembles concert, one of the highlights of the school year...

Junior School Swings with Strings

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Choral Concert

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Parents, staff, faculty and students gathered at Christ Church Cathedral Wednesday evening for the Cross-Campus Choral Concert. Students in Grades 4 through 12 performed...

Cross-Campus Strings Concert

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Monday evening’s Cross-Campus Strings Concert was another showcase of SMUS’ talented music students. The event was held at the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium...

Students Get Good Notes at BandFest

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The Grade 7 and 8 Concert Bands performed at BandFest 2008 at the University of Victoria last week. BandFest is an educationally oriented, non-competitive...

Key Success for Pianist

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Grade 11 student Ben Kwok was recently selected to play piano with the Victoria Symphony for the Third Annual Young Musician’s Concerto Showcase. More...

High Praises for Festival Singers

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The Pacific Baroque Festival presents "Vivaldi's Venice" this weekend at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Christ Church Cathedral, where SMUS will be represented...

Students Swing and Sing

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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...

Grade 7/8 Students Bring Music to SMUS

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The first of several strings concerts took place this week, with the Grade 7/8 Strings class performing for parents, faculty, family members and...

Keeping the Beat

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It was hard not to spot the Senior School Keep the Beat Music Marathon participants on Friday. The musicians, sporting bright green War Child...

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