About the Singing Strings


The Singing Strings, originally under the direction of John and Jenet Clement and now under the direction of Natalie Williams Calhoun, is now in its 36th year. It is based in Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island, which has a population of less than 150,000. The orchestra was originally part of a school group-taught music program. In 1999 the program became independent of the public school education authority and the Singing Strings now gives individual instruction in a conservatory system to students from 6 to 18 years of age and adults as well. Each student also plays in one of the three orchestras according to their level, regardless of age.

In 1978 the P.E.I. Lieutenant Governor asked that students from the String program play a musical background for his New Year’s Levee at Government House. The event was a great success and the Singing String Orchestra became well established in the musical life of the community. (This year the orchestra performed at Government House for the New Year’s Levee where the first performance occurred more than 30 years ago.) 

In such a small Province, where there are few trained string players, the students have more opportunity to develop their performance skills than they would have in a larger center. As a result, from the start the Singing Strings became very active in the community and performed for Brownie teas, Pancake Breakfasts, Senior Citizens’ Parties; for their Royal Highnesses Prince CharlesPrincess DianaPrince Edward (twice), Prince Andrew and Lady Sarah Ferguson; for Pierre Elliott Trudeau and every Prime Minister since, three successive Governor Generals, Lieutenant Governors, American State Governors, and a multitude of celebrities (such as Roger Moore – the Saint), who have chanced to pass through our friendly Province.

The Singing Strings have twice represented Canada at the World Congress of the International Society for Music Education: first in Eugene, Oregon, USA (1984) and then in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1996). In 2008 the Singing Strings represented Eastern Canada at the 10th International Festival of European Youth Orchestras in Florence, Italy.

In July 2015, the Singing Strings will represent both Canada and Prince Edward Island at the Summa Cum Laude music festival in Vienna, Austria.


Welcome to the Singing Strings

John & Jenet Clement, Founding Directors (902) 672-2839

Jenet Clement – jen@singingstrings.ca

Natalie Williams Calhoun – Senior Singing Strings (902) 316-0850

Natalie Williams Calhoun – cellonatw@gmail.com

c/o 369 Route 6, RR#1

Mt. Stewart, PE C0A 1T0

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