Our Story: 2008-2009 (Our Second Year)
Prior to classes starting for our second year, a workshop was organized to set up and repair our purchased and donated instruments. A number of local instrument makers donated their time to help out for the day.
Bernard Walke with his high-tech method of getting just the right curve in a violin bow.
Dominic Zuchowicz and his tools of the trade hard at work.
Olivia Walsh-Pelling & Charline Dequincey from Guy Harrison's.
Susan Rupp gives a helping hand to Peter Mach.
Classes for our second year started in the middle of September, with over 90% of the students returning from the previous year! The courses were expanded considerably from the first year, with the introduction of a band program and an expansion of the choir classes. A total of more than 90 students were enrolled in the various classes.
|Jennifer Martinez and student mentor Stephi Bell with members of the band program.||David Dumais and members of the clarinet class.|
|Choir teacher Marg Stubington (centre) with U of O students Andrea McLaughlin & Mark Wilkinson and student mentor Lei Wang and members of the KidSingers.||Guitar teacher Liam Jaeger (centre) with U of O students Chris Nikkel & Brockenshire Leminski and members of the guitar class.|
|Violin teacher Gale Sheehan (centre back) along with U of O student Melissa Bourgault and student mentor Joel Alison and Executive Director Tina Fedeski with members of the junior violin class.|
|Cello teacher Margaret Tobolowska and violin teacher Susan Rupp (missing is violin teacher Grace Bruno) and student mentor Christina Zhang with members of the senior violin and cello classes.|
The first term of our second year ended with our "traditional" Christmas concert.
|Pre-concert rehearsal activity.|
|Shenanigans in the cello section.|
Our second year culminated with our year-end concert. The "kids" were hot off of a number of school tours the previous week, so they were in fine form. The concert was a resounding success and the standing-room only crowd was extremely appreciative.