Notice of Parent Meeting – Senior Singing Strings

Senior Singing Strings

Vienna Trip Meeting for Students AND Parents

Wed., April 16th at 7 pm at Park Royal


We are in the early planning stages of organizing the participation of the Senior Singing Strings in the Summa Cum Laude music festival in Vienna, July 2015. This is a major undertaking for the Singing Strings, both musically and financially.   This trip will not happen without the dedication of the entire group.   Natalie will elaborate on the requirements for the group from the musical perspective and her expectations.   Jan will elaborate on the organizational and financial commitment of both students and parents.


If you are unable to attend this meeting, please let either Natalie ( ) or  Jan ( ) know.   Also, please indicate if you are interested in this trip.



  1.       Brief introduction to the Summa Cum Laude (SCL) Music Festival:   July 3-8, 2015 in Vienna with a tour of Prague and Berlin July 8-12.    The link to the itinerary is at:
  2.       Musical commitment required
  3.       Cost of the trip
  4.       Fundraising goal
  5.       Ideas for fundraising
  6.       Organization committee
  7.       Questions/concerns/ideas




Thank you,


Natalie Williams Calhoun and Jan Giles


PEI Symphony concert THIS WEEKEND! Special deal…

On Sunday April 6th at 2:30pm, the PEI Symphony returns to the beautiful Zion Presbyterian Church for the last concert of the season.

Under the direction of new Music Director Mark Shapiro the program features Tchaikovsky’s beloved Sixth Symphony the “Pathétique”, Stravinsky’s charming ballet “Jeu de Cartes”, and our recent Audience Choice winner, Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger.

The Zion Presbyterian Church is located at 135 Prince Street, at the corner of Grafton Street. Tickets will be available at the door, or in advance at the Confederation Centre box office, or online at

Tickets are $44 adults, $40 seniors and only $15 for students and children, and a new Family Package is available for $80. To make it easier for families to enjoy the beauty and power of live orchestral music together, the PEI Symphony is delighted to offer this new package for this concert. Family groups with up to two adults and up to four children can attend for a single price of only $80. Please call 892-4333 to order.

Due to the rehearsal schedule there will be no Pre-Concert Talk with Maestro Shapiro for this concert.

For more information about this event, please watch our Facebook site or visit

Junior Singing Strings rehearsal POSTPONED & MOVED

A big Thank You to Natalie Williams Calhoun for helping the Jr. Orchestra with their Festival music while I was away!

I am sure that you are all aware of the weather forecast for this Wednesday. We are running out of rehearsal time to prepare for Festival and our end of the year concerts, so I have scheduled a Saturday rehearsal, and am hoping that most of the orchestra can come.

The Music Department at UPEI has kindly offered us the stage at Steel Recital Hall from 10:15-11:30 am Saturday March 29. My violin students have Group Class from 9-10 am before that. We will have a break to get the stage set up, and hope to begin playing at 10:15. No food or drinks in the Recital Hall, and indoor footwear only on the stage. Please enter the building through the door marked Recital Hall on the South side of the building. Parking is available in Lot C.

Please let me know if your child is able to attend.

Stay safe in the storm!


Intermediate Singing Strings rehearsal RESCHEDULED

Hi Everyone. Thanks for your hard work on the holidays at our Singing strings practise.

Due to the potential storm tomorrow I am asking all Intermediates to attend an extra practise at 1:45 on Sat in the parlour.

Please remember the concert at the Prince Edward Home on Monday night, March 31st.

I have had my eye surgery and am recovering. It was not as painless and smooth as last time but I think I will be okey.. See you Sat. Jen

Senior Rehearsal Wednesday March 26th POSTPONED

Well, if tomorrow turns out to be as bad they say it’s going to be, we definitely had better not have a rehearsal. So, consider tomorrow’s rehearsal POSTPONED until:

Saturday, March 29th 3:00-5:00pm at our usual location.

As we have a performance at Park Royal United church (as part of our contract in return for renting the sanctuary for next to nothing) on Sunday, March 30th, I need EVERYONE there for Saturday’s rehearsal!

Let alone, we only have four more rehearsals (including this postponed rehearsal) before the music festival.

Please confirm that you can come both on Saturday and Sunday via email!


Upcoming concert – please come!

On Sunday, March 30th, at 2:30pm, Beaconsfield Historic House presents ‘Divas and Desserts’ in partnership with the Prince Edward Island Registered Music Teachers’ Association. The afternoon will feature performances by many of PEI’s well-known classical musicians including Frances McBurnie, Jenet Clement, Natalie Williams Calhoun, Lori Linkletter, Kay Linkletter, Katherine Murley, Valerie MacKenzie, Margot Rejskind, Jennifer Cullen, Andrea Ellis, Suzanne Campbell, Gregory Irvine, Frances Gray and members of Sirens: the women’s choir project.

An extended intermission will feature a buffet of delectable desserts to devour while you mingle with friends in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Beaconsfield Carriage House. There will be desserts for all, including tasty gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free temptations.

The Registered Music Teachers who are performing are pleased to welcome guest performers Echo Lau and Rebecca Apps.  Echo is a recent piano graduate from the Music Department at UPEI. She was a soloist with the PEI Symphony Orchestra last November and has represented PEI in several national competitions. Rebecca is a third year vocal performance major studying with Sung Ha Shin-Bouey at UPEI. She has been a featured soloist at UPEI and in the community and is working toward a career in opera. Echo and Rebecca represented PEI in the CFMTA National Piano and Voice Competitions last summer in Halifax.

The PEI Registered Music Teachers’ Association through the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers provides opportunities for students to perform in National and Regional competitions. Rebecca Apps will be participating in the Atlantic Young Artists Competition in New Brunswick on April 26, 2014. Some of the proceeds from our March 30th event will be used to support our students who compete off-Island.

Tickets cost $25 (HST included) and must be reserved in advance by calling 368-6603. There are a limited number of tickets available for children 12 and under for $15.Divas-and-Desserts-Beacons-facebook