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 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, Natalie Williams Calhoun or Sue Irvine .
We look forward to seeing you at camp this year!

CampReg2017 – PDF


Ashokan Farewell

Just in case you wish to join into the musical tribute tomorrow morning at the service, but want to play through the music on your own today – attached here is a picture of the violin part of Ashokan Farewell. Apologies for not having a better copy, but there will be hard copies at the service tomorrow.

Edited: I found a great copy of the tune online and it’s available to download if you click the link below.



Natalie Ashokan Farewell

Remembering John Clement

It is with great sadness, many tears, and a heavy heart that we share the news that our leader, friend and founder has passed away. John had had some recent health difficulties, but passed away peacefully last night at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.
Singing Strings Indian River 2013

We will always remember his smile, the twinkle in his eyes, his high standards, his passion for music, his great stories, and his fondness for every musician that passed through our program. The picture attached was taken as John was conducting the Senior orchestra during a performance at St. Mary’s Historic Church, Indian River, PE in 2013.

There will be a wake at the Belvedere Funeral Home tomorrow, Saturday, April 15th from 2-5pm and a memorial service on Monday, April 17th at 11am at Park Royal United Church.

All Singing Strings alumni and any musical friend who wishes may join us in playing Ashokan Farewell at the closing of the memorial service on Monday. We will have spare copies of music there if you wish to join this musical tribute.

Rest in peace, our dear friend and mentor. We will miss you greatly!


Shamrock Celebration!

FRIDAY, March 17th , 4:30- 6:30pm

Park Royal United Church GYM, 11 Christie Drive, Charlottetown

Please join The Singing Strings in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Music and a Supper of Irish stew , Corn Chowder, Irish Soda Bread, Delicious Desserts and wonderful music by the Singing Strings and Friends.

Hear your favourite Irish fiddle tunes performed by Allison Ling Giggey and Courtney Hogan-Chandler. Singer Gregory Ellard will perform Irish Songs. Our host for the evening will be Hank Stinson  and the chef will be Tyler Gallant .

There will be both Gluten Free and Regular food options available.

Tickets are available at the Park Royal United Church Office and from members of the Singing Strings : Adults $12; Seniors and Students $10; Children under 12, $8. Proceeds will be used to help with expenses for our upcoming exchange trip with the Saint  John Senior String Orchestra as well as supporting the local food bank .

Please make plans to join us!

Singing Strings Concerto Competition Schedule – Saturday, February 4th

We are very excited to have our inaugural concerto competition this coming Saturday, February 4th at Park Royal United Church. Here is the schedule:

2:15pm: Keili Johnston – Rieding B Minor 1st movement
2:20pm: Mainu Lawt – Seitz #5 in D Major, 1st movement
2:30pm Ria Johnston – Rieding A Minor – 1st movement
2:40pm Cathy Zhang – Seitz #5 in D Major, 1st movement
2:45pm Michelle & Evelyn – Bach Double 2nd movement
2:55pm Anthony Ye – Bach A Minor 1st movement
3:05pm Max Du – Vivaldi A Minor, 1st movement
3:15pm Maria MacDonnell – Seitz G Minor, 1st movement
3:25pm Vincent Hung – Bach A Minor, 3rd movement
The competition will be open to the public to come and listen.
We would like to thank the teachers for getting their students prepared, and thank the accompanists for their support of our students.
Good luck to all!

Singing Strings Alumna performs Saturday!

Christina Bouey, former Singing Strings member and student of John and Jen Clement, is coming to PEI with her new award winning string quartet!


Please come and support Christina and her quartet on Saturday at UPEI. Tickets may be held to be paid at the door by emailing or phoning 902 566-0507. Please note that this is not a regular box office and tickets cannot be reserved by email or phone after 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

Tickets can also be purchased online thru Brown Paper Tickets.