Take a journey back in time to discover the musical vocabulary of Baroque Period Europe. Learn historically informed approaches to rhythm, ornamentation, and articulation that really bring music to life. We have in-house harpsichord access and are open to intermediate and above keyboardists, singers, string, and wind players. Thanks to our collaboration with the Early Music Society of Nova Scotia for access to Baroque period bows, and wind instruments.
There are 14 coached sessions spread through the 2019-2020 season, led by specialists selected to cater to the group. Repertoire will be also be selected based on the group’s needs. Sheet music will be provided for practice. Members are expected to practice as a group/team and come prepared.
Sundays 12:30pm – 3pm
The brass ensemble for students aged 8-18 provides participants with a year-long introduction to brass instrumental performance. Repertoire will be chosen from a variety of musical styles and periods. The purpose of the ensemble is to provide high quality technical instruction while fostering a love of the brass instrumental medium.
Times: Saturdays, 2:00 – 4:00pm
The Conservatory Chamber Orchestra is a string ensemble for advanced students playing challenging repertoire at the RCM Grade 5 level and up. There will be several performances throughout the year of repertoire from the Baroque period through to the Modern era. Entrance is by audition, and members are expected to attend regularly. This pre-professional ensemble experience will hone the musicianship skills of participants within a supportive and encouraging learning environment.
Conductor: Celeste Jankowski
Rehearsal Times: Monday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
In this beginner class, students learn the fundamentals of playing the harp. Taught in a group environment over six weeks, students will gain the early skills needed to understand and play this ancient instrument.
Teacher: Alys Howe
Tuesdays 7:30pm – 9pm
Join us on a musical journey exploring many cultures. We learn tunes together, jam them session-style, learn how to arrange tunes in creative ways and perform them as a real trad stage band. Guest instructors who are active in Nova Scotia’s traditional music scene frequently visit to share their knowledge.
If you are comfortable getting around on your instrument, self-directed, and willing to play by memory and to learn by ear, you will enjoy our group. Learning by ear is the best way to capture the great energy and style of this music.
We are open to traditional instruments – fiddle, flute, whistle, guitar, pipes, mandolin, harp, accordion, keyboard, banjo, etc. – and to non-traditional ones too.
Sundays 12:30pm – 3pm
Vivid Vocal Ensemble
A small vocal ensemble for motivated teens aged 13-18 focusing on jazz, pop and contemporary styles. Now in its fourth season, Vivid Vocal Ensemble has quickly become a top small ensemble in Halifax for teens that are wishing to develop both as an ensemble singer as well as a soloist. This is an auditioned group.