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The Halls are Alive With the Sound of Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...
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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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Keeping the Beat For War Child

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

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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Music Review

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

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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Paris and Amsterdam: Music & Culture

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

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?

by Sharon Goodman, primary music teacher Students at the Junior School receive Orff music instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 3. Orff is a very lively,...
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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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Former Students Get Junior School Swinging

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

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...

Ten Years of Keeping the Beat

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

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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A Howl of a Good Time in Boarding

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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...
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Brendan McLeod Performs New Monologue

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

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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Tim Williams ’83 Returns to SMUS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...
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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...

An Evening of Poetry, Music, Art and Drama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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....

Choral Concert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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