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Donna Williams

2021 Retirees: Donna Williams

Learn more about the outstanding contributions to SMUS by Senior School strings teacher and Head of Music Donna Williams

Swan Song: 30 Years of Music

Senior School strings teacher and Head of Music Donna Williams performs her last SMUS concert alongside Grade 11 and 12 musicians

Grade 9 Student Composer Debuts “Cyclonic Counterpoint”

Grade 9 student Houtian Zhong composed and conducted his latest piece, "Cyclonic Counterpoint," with the help of SMUS strings performers

Senior School Christmas Celebration

Watch the Senior School Christmas Celebration, with performances by our band, choir and strings students, as well as our Senior School Christmas Assembly

Middle School Carol Service and Holiday Concerts

Join us for three holiday shows from our Middle School community: a Carol Service, a band concert and a strings concert

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

Join our Senior School musicians on stage for a performance of 'The Armed Man'

Spring Break Europe Trip: March 20-26

Mr. Eliot Anderson recaps the last leg of the Senior School music students' Spring Break trip to Europe

Spring Break Europe Trip: March 16-19

The SMUS music students travelling through Europe during Spring Break made their way to England this week

Spring Break Europe Trip: March 13-15

After a long travel day, a large group of SMUS students arrive in Germany, the first stop on the Spring Break music trip to Europe

Large Ensembles Hit the Right Notes

The Senior School Large Ensembles Concert featured the choir, orchestras and concert bands performing a variety of pieces

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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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Jennifer Fisher

Junior School strings teacher Ms. Jennifer Fisher is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

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...

Taylor Rankin ’99 Inspires Students to Play Outside of the Box

SMUS alumnus Taylor Rankin and his violin Leroy returned to SMUS this week to work with our Senior School strings students on improvisation and...

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...

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...

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...

Young String Musicians Head Over the Rainbow to Oz

Beyond the enchanting story and colourful characters, The Wizard of Oz is perhaps best known for its iconic music. "Over the Rainbow", "We're Off...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Grade 4 and 5 Students Make Strings Sing

The most recent assemblies at Junior School have been more musical than usual, as both the Grades 4 and 5 strings ensembles have treated...

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