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Strathcona Symphony recruiting musicians

The Strathcona Symphony is a multi-generational mix of musicians. - Photo submitted
The Strathcona Symphony is a multi-generational mix of musicians.
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Are you a musician between the ages of 12 and 112?

The Strathcona Symphony Orchestra is looking for you to join them in an exciting new season of music and fun. Assembled from the Comox Valley, Campbell River and the adjacent islands, the approximately 40 members of the orchestra are a multi-generational mix of adult and youth musicians bringing a wide-ranging repertoire of musical offerings.

Registration begins Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at Georges P. Vanier School in Courtenay. Membership is $60 for each term ($120 for the year) with discounts for additional family members. Sheet music is included in the cost. Musicians must be able to read music and have a minimum two years experience on their instrument. Auditions for membership may be required.

Former members of this amazing orchestra have included inspiring members such as fiddle players Trent Freeman and Canadian Grand Masters fiddle champion, Patti Lamoureux, and award-winning singer/songwriter Helen Austin whose music has graced numerous television shows such as Ghost Whisperer and Jane by Design.

Though a mixed community orchestra, the Strathcona’s professional sound is a result of the excitement and teaching skill of Conductor Pippa Williams, now in her fourth season at the podium. The orchestra presents three concerts every season and will perform two benefit concerts—details to be released soon.

“España: Music from Spain” will be the SSO’s Jan. 26 and 27 concert. Returning by popular demand, the Valentine’s Day concert, “An Affair to Remember” takes place Feb. 10. The final SSO concert of 2013, a Gilbert and Sullivan extravaganza, will be May 25 and 26. This season, all concerts will be held at the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay.

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