2018 Concerto Competition

We had a very successful concerto competition last year and are looking forward to the 2018 version coming up soon! If you are a registered Singing Strings student and would like to enter, here are the details:

Concerto Competition 2018

Concerto Competition Form

The deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 4th, with the competition happening on the evening of Friday, April 20th.

Happy Practicing!

Corelli Christmas Concerto Alumni Event

Hi everyone –

We finally have the schedule finalized for the Corelli Christmas Concerto event happening on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27th. If you are able to come, please do! If you can’t make it, we will miss you but we wish you the best of relaxing holidays. Everything will be happening at Park Royal United Church (11 Christie Drive) in the sanctuary.

3:30pm – 5:00pm: Rehearsal with everyone and Dr. Karem Simon from UPEI, who will be our conductor.

5pm – dinner break – we might order pizza or something so we don’t have to go anywhere.

7pm – performance for whoever wants to come! Admission will be by donation, so bring your family and friends for an evening of music.

Parts for the Corelli are here:

Corelli Christmas Ripieno parts

so you should be able to print off a part or at least download it somewhere readable. I will make sure to have spare parts there on the day as well in case you don’t have time to print the parts.

If you know of other Singing Strings alumni who might want to come, please pass the music and the information on to them. We would love to make this a huge celebration to start the 40th year of the Singing Strings!

Coffee and conversation will follow, so plan to hang around for a bit to catch up with old friends.

Any questions, please let me know! Have a wonderful holiday break and we hope to see many of you on the 27th.

Thanks, Natalie & Jen

40th Anniversary Mugs!

2018 is the 40th anniversary season of the Singing Strings, as the first ever performance was January 1, 1978 at the Lieutenant Governor’s Levee. To commemorate this celebratory occasion, order a 40th Anniversary mug for only $12 ($10 for Singing Strings students) as a memento or a Christmas gift!

Email singingstringspei@gmail.com or call Jen at (902) 672-2839 to place your order!IMG_0053

Concert to attend this coming Friday!

Hi everyone –


Mark your calendars for this coming Friday, October 20 when Singing Strings alumna Christina Bouey is performing a recital at UPEI as part of their Recital Series.

UPEI Recital Series presents Christina Bouey, violin & Pierre-André Doucet, piano
Friday October 20th, 7:30pm, Steel Recital Hall, UPEI
Tickets at the door, $20 for Adults/Seniors, $15 for Students

Two extraordinary Atlantic Canadians join forces to bring their musical gifts back home! Debut Atlantic has teamed up Prince Edward Island violinist Christina Bouey and New Brunswick pianist Pierre-André Doucet for a special program sure to lift your spirits. Two musical powerhouses, this duo is sure to ignite the stage!

Program will include:

The Lark Ascending by R. Vaughan Williams
“Halmoni/Grandma” by Christina Bouey (a world premiere, written in memory of her two grandmothers, Korean/Irish)
Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major by Gabriel Fauré
Impromptu in E-flat Major, Op. 24, No. 3 “Eros” by Sergei Bortkiewicz
Violin Sonata by Claude Debussy
Birds in Warped Time by Somei Satoh
Violin Sonata No. 1 in d minor (4th mvt) by Camille Saint-Saëns

Registration Reminder

This is a quick reminder that registration for the 2017-18 season of Singing Strings is DUE this coming Wednesday (September 27) so please bring your completed registration form and money for either both terms or first term of orchestra with you (or your child) to rehearsal this week.

Here is a PDF copy of the registration form if you need one, or we can email a copy to you if you contact us at singingstringspei@gmail.com before Wednesday morning.

Reg Singing Strings 2017-18

Just a reminder that registration fees are as follows:

-Junior Orchestra: $210 for the year, or $105 due September 27/17 and February 7/18

-Intermediate Orchestra: $240 for the year, or $120 due September 27/17 and February 7/18

-Senior Orchestra: $260 for the year, or $130 due September 27/17 and February 7/18


If there are any financial concerns, please get in touch with either your conductor (Sue, Jen, Wendy or Natalie) or at the email above and we will see what we can do to help!


2017-18 Singing Strings Registration

The 2017-18 Singing Strings term will start on September 13th, in our usual rehearsal location of Park Royal United Church (11 Christie Drive in Charlottetown). Rehearsal times are as follows:

Junior Orchestra: 3:30 – 4:40pm in the Parlour, under the direction of Sue Irvine

Intermediate Orchestra: 3:30 – 4:50pm in the Sanctuary, under the direction of Wendy        Evers and Jenet Clement

Senior Orchestra: 5-7pm in the Sanctuary, under the direction of Natalie Williams              Calhoun.

Fees are due either in one payment due by September 27/17, or in two payments due September 27/17 and February 7/18. Junior fees are $210 (or two payments of $105), Intermediate fees are $240 (or 2 payments of $120) and Senior fees are $260 (or two payments of $130).

Attached here is a PDF version of our registration form, which you can print off, fill in and bring to rehearsal with your registration payment.

Reg Singing Strings 2017-18

We are looking forward to getting the year started on Wednesday!


Sue, Wendy, Jen and Natalie

Summer 2017 Singing Strings Camp INFO

Aug 28 – 30, 2017
Park Royal United Church, Charlottetown

Mark the beginning of the last week of August on your calendar for our
annual Singing Strings day camp program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Park
Royal United Church.
For those students who are new to the Singing Strings Camp: we start each
year with a ‘boot camp’ to raise our level of playing and prepare for more
advanced work starting in September. We have group classes, orchestra
rehearsals as well as sectionals and master classes. Faculty will include our
regular conductors Natalie, Jen, Wendy, and Sue, as well as guest teachers
Adrian Irvine (violin), Rosalie Simeone (viola), Lynn MacMillan (Orff
activities) and Sung Ha Shin-Bouey (choir). Additional faculty will be added
depending on enrolment.
This year we will be offering a Pre-Junior program for students who are not
ready for orchestra, but have started a string instrument before camp. It will
run for 3 days in the afternoons, and tuition is $75 ($25 a day).
Jr. Singing Strings will be a full day program for 3 days, tuition $150.
Intermediate and Sr. Singing Strings tuition will be $180. This fee
includes tuition and music, and the schedule will also include some
recreational activities.
A completed registration form with a non-refundable deposit of $25.00 is
due by August 9th in order for us to have music and staffing in place for the
camp. Jen will be at Park Royal at 5 p.m. on August 9 to collect deposits and
issue receipts. Balance is due on the first day of camp. Scholarships are
available for a small number of students who make a request through
submitting a letter to the Singing Strings stating their need.
For additional information please contact Jen Clement at (902) 672-2839 or
jen@singingstrings.ca, Natalie Williams Calhoun
singingstringspei@gmail.com or Sue Irvine sueirvine13@gmail.com .
We look forward to seeing you at camp this year!

CampReg2017 – PDF