Senior Singing Strings – gig list May 22

These are the musicians needed for tonight, May 22:

Violin 1: Sannu, Bethany, Evelyn, Shaelynn

Violin 2: Michelle, Judy

Viola: Indra, Jenny

Cello: Esther, Olivia and Abigail

Bass: Stephan

Call time is 6:30pm at the Delta Hotel (the PEI Convention Centre). See you there!



Upcoming concert – this Sunday, May 18!

Divas in colour

This coming Sunday, May 18th, come out and enjoy a lovely afternoon of beautiful music and delectable desserts in the Carriage House of Beaconsfield Historic House in downtown Charlottetown. Tickets are available by reservation through Beaconsfield at 368-6603 and must be made by noon on Friday, May 16.

Performing musicians include Jacqueline Sorensen Young, Natalie Williams Calhoun, Frances Gray, Valerie MacKenzie, Suzanne Campbell and Frances McBurnie. All funds raised will support the PEI Registered Music Teachers Association.

Please come out and support this wonderful concert!

Senior Singing Strings Newsletter – May 14, 2014

Senior Singing Strings Newsletter – May 14, 2014


May 21:           Usual rehearsal (some people have Stonepark Spring concert – please come and then leave at break)

May 22:           Hall of Fame gig, Delta Prince Edward Hotel (convention centre) call time is 6:30pm, playing 7:00 – 8:00pm

May 28:           Usual rehearsal – Survivor night!

May 31:           Farm Centre Yard Sale – donations needed for our table(s) and musicians needed to busk!

June 4:             4:30pm – early start to usual rehearsal so we can run Skye Boat Song & Orpheus with the Juniors & Intermediates

June 7:            PEI Symphony Serenade to Spring, Georgian Room, Rodd Charlottetown Hotel – 5:00pm call for sound check, playing 6:00 – 8:00pm approximately (pizza will be provided between sound check and performance)

June 11:           Usual rehearsal – please come if you aren’t stressed about exams!

June 18:          6:30pm date TBC – Final Concert for Singing Strings Orchestras, Park Royal United Church

June 21:          Performance at the PEI Small Halls Festival, Watermark Theatre, Rustico, PE – ***time to be confirmed

June 25:           No rehearsal

June 27:           5:00pm Rehearsal at Park Royal church – TBC

June 28:          3:00pm Indian River Festival Youth Legacy concert – very important!!** We will be recording this concert for an application to the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna! Tickets are available online through the IRF website.

July 26:            Performance at 50th Anniversary celebration – Graeme & Kay Linkletter – Georgian Room, Rodd Charlottetown Hotel – 5:00pm call, playing in-between 5:30pm and 8:00pm


June 21:                       Program TBC but this will be a smaller (gig-size) ensemble

June 28:                       Program as follows:

Vanishing Pointe – Meyer

Scherzo – Dvorak III

Gypsy Baron Waltzes – Strauss, arr. Isaac

Egyptian March – Strauss, arr. NWC

Pirates of the Caribbean – Badelt, arr. Ricketts

Harry Potter – Williams, arr. Patrick

Ghosts of Brandenburg – Meyer

Skye Boat Song – Trad. Scottish, arr. O’Reilly

Orpheus – Offenbach, arr. Dackow

** Please check that you have all this music!



A Big Congratulations to parents and students on our success at the Queens County Music Festival! I was pleased that we were able to perform our music very well that night, especially considering everything that we have been through with weather cancellations and crazy scheduling and myself being away the week before festival as well. Many thanks to all of you!!

I know that a lot of people are telling me that they are not receiving emails; please check all your inboxes to ensure that my emails are getting through to you all! I also post newsletters on Facebook and on the website so you can read them there as well.

Fundscrip campaign is still ongoing. You can either order online, email a form (downloadable from to or bring the form to our next rehearsal.

We are currently in the process of setting up further fundraising efforts – we have a yard sale table booked on May 31 (see dates listed above) and need donations as well as buskers for that event. I have also been in touch with Music on Deck with Northumberland Ferries to perhaps perform on the ferry during some summer weekends. I have also been in contact with the Charlottetown Harbour Authority with the possibility of performing as cruise ships arrive.

If you know of any other possible fundraising events that we could get involved with – please let me know! We have possible ideas of volunteering at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival (the weekend of July 4-6), and at the Big Red Music Festival. There are also lots of opportunities for the students to set up and busk and we will be getting music to them within the next few weeks for this opportunity.

My tentative plan for the summer would include rehearsals every 2 weeks, either on a weekday or a weekend, depending on what happens to be easiest scheduled. I know everyone has plans for vacations and summer camps and such, but I would love to see each student at least once per month at a rehearsal. I have connections with the musicians of the Charlottetown Festival and would like to bring them in for some sectionals, so we might book one day every 2 weeks for a whole afternoon of playing and rehearsing and team building. I have ordered the music from the UK but it is in backorder and so we might be a little delayed getting that music to our musicians. I would like to do some playing auditions in August, just to figure out where musicians might be best suited to be playing, to ensure that we have all the parts adequately covered.

There have been questions about camp – we will not be returning to Camp Triumph this year, and Camp Seggie is pretty booked up during the summer. So we might look at doing a day camp, or something different in coordination with the rehearsals mentioned above, and potentially have a campout at my house (out by Dunstaffnage) to have a night of fun. I will keep you posted!

Many thanks for your dedication and support of your music student! I appreciate everything that all of you do. J

Like always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.




Singing Strings supports PEI Symphony at Fundraising Dinner

The Senior Singing Strings will once again be performing at the annual ‘Serenade to Spring’ fundraising dinner for the PEI Symphony Orchestra at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel on June 7th, 2014.

If any parents are interested in coming to the event, which includes a silent and live auction, entertainment by the Singing Strings and a wonderful three course meal, tickets are available through the PEISO office at (902) 892-4333 for $90 each, which includes a $50 tax receipt.

If anyone has anything to donate to the silent auction, the Symphony is accepting all donations of good quality items! All donations receive a tax receipt for the full value of the item in return, and in return for the donation, the PEISO would like to offer you a pair of tickets to one of our 2014-15 Season Concerts.   With Mark Shapiro as our new Music Director, and a fantastic ‘Celebrate Canada’ PEI 2014 concert in November, this will prove to be an exciting season! Our gift to you would be valid for two tickets to your choice of one concert from any of our October, February or April 2014-15 concerts (excluding the November concert).

The Senior Singing Strings will be performing during cocktails and dinner – call time is 5:00pm, and we will be performing from approximately 6:00 – 8:00pm. There will be pizza provided in-between soundcheck and performance. We will check with musicians this week to see who is available for performance that night.

We hope to see you all there during the evening!