School Concerts

School Events 2015

TWO WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR STUDENTS TO BE INVOLVED WITH

THE OKANAGAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

  SEE THE FULL STRING SECTION FEATURED AT OUR SCHOOL CONCERTS, INCLUDING STUDENT PERFORMERS. STUDENT LESSONS AND A TEACHER'S GUIDE WILL BE PROVIDED.           Closing Date: 5 Dec 2014

 

 

 

We shine the spotlight on our string section for our elementary school program "The String's the Thing!".

Students will experience a full string section from the orchestra showcasing music from the Baroque to modern day fiddling in a program that celebrates violins, violas, cellos, and double basses.

Performance dates will be 13-15 April 2015 and the entry fee will be only $6 per student.

 Teachers may apply for 60% support for their costs up to $5/seat with a maximum of $500 per school from the BC ArtStarts 'Mr Music' fund by downloading the application form at MR MUSIC APPLICATION. The Mr Music Application deadline is November 21, 2014.

The Program includes;

Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Tchaikovsky - String Serenade , Bach - Double Concerto for 2 Violins, Vivaldi  - Double Concerto for 2 Cellos, Anderson -  Plink, Plank, Plunk, Copland -  Hoe Down from Rodeo, Mozart  - Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Traditional tune - Fiddle Jam.

  In celebration of the extraordinary string programs that flourish in the Okanagan, "The String's the Thing" will feature young string players from throughout the valley. 

 We showcase students from the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Community Music Schools and the many string programs of our public schools.  These students will be featured soloists as well as participants in our beginner twinkle group and our grand finale Fiddle Jam. 

 We celebrate the extraordinary talent of our young string players throughout the Okanagan and are thrilled to give this opportunity for our young audiences to see themselves reflected on our stages.  We hope to inspire the dream in each listener that "maybe I could do that too"!

Application form for Schools Concerts:

 STRINGS N' THINGS APPLICATION FORM

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ENTER STUDENTS (K-6) IN OUR STORY WRITING COMPETITION -  CLOSING DATE: 5 Dec 2014

 The OSO is thrilled to present an opportunity for story writers from the Okanagan valley to be showcased with the live symphony orchestra in "Your Story at the Symphony".

This fun and interactive concert will be the feature presentation for the OSO's Family Matinee concert.

 The program will present winning stories from our STORY WRITING CONTEST illustrated musically by the OSO and Music Director Rosemary Thomson. This is a great opportunity to bring your words to life with beautiful and exciting music!

 Winners of the OSO Story writing contest will have their story performed.  They will be invited to attend the OSO rehearsal with their family and will receive 4 tickets to the performance.  The Family matinee takes place in Kelowna on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

 

All children in grades Kindergarten to Grade 6 residing in the Okanagan are eligible to participate.  Judging will be in two categories: K-3 and 4-6. Every story will be read.  We are most interested in a child's original ideas, as they wish to express them. 

Handwritten or typed entries are acceptable.  Entries may be scanned and e-mailed in PDF format.  Entries must be received by Friday, December 5, 2014.  The jury will consist of Music Director Rosemary Thomson and school and public librarians.  Jury's decision in all contest matters is final.  Only winning entries will be contacted.  Please include self-addressed stamped envelope with entry if you wish to have your original entry returned to you.  

Application form for Your Story:


 YOUR STORY AT THE SYMPHONY

 

School Concerts 2014

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Teachers: School Concert Activities. Thank you to Karen Gibbons for the creation of the school guide. Download: School Concert Activities Guide.

 

 


 


 

 

SCHOOL CONCERTS APRIL 2013

How Canada Came To Be

 


Compiled by Rhonda Draper, Recipient of the Governor-General Award.

 

 

 

300 elementary students from Glenmore were trained by Rhonda Draper for the whole year with Rosemary Thomson coming in after Christmas. Together with the OSO we performed Rhonda's Governor General Award winning show "How Canada Came to be" which tells the story of Canada's history through its folk songs.

 

 

The children sing, dance, choreograph, narrate and play instruments accompanied by the OSO who commissioned the orchestra parts in arrangements by Claude Lapalme. It is a multi-media presentation with historical pictures being shown throughout the concert. 1,900 elementary students watched the show in Kelowna with a further 1300 community members in the evening performance. 100 Grade 6 students continued the show in Vernon (1000 attendees) and in Penticton (400 attendees).  Students from CATO under faculty supervision video recorded the Kelowna performances for a future DVD release. Audiences were thrilled with the performances in every centre.

 

 

 http://www.rhondadraper.com/ for more detailed information on Rhonda's offerings.