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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'

Spring Break Europe Trip: March 20-26

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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

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

Spring Break Europe Trip: March 13-15

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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

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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

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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
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Jennifer Fisher

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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

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

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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

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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...

Grade 5 String Orchestra Performs at Junior School

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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

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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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Young String Musicians Head Over the Rainbow to Oz

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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...
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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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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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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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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,...

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...

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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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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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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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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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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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...

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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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...
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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...

Grade 4 and 5 Students Make Strings Sing

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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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