Classes, Ensembles & Orchestras

    Click on any of the below programs to learn more. We hope to see you this fall at the Maritime Conservatory!

The Adult Orchestra provides an opportunity for recreational musicians with variable playing experience and skill levels to make music together in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. Under the leadership of Susannë Brown, the members of the Adult Orchestra will meet weekly to play a range of approachable repertoire drawn from various genres and styles. Each term culminates in a final concert. Most importantly, the goal is always to have fun with your instrument!


Faculty: Susannë Brown

Time: Tuesday 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Tuition: $250/ yearly

Start Date: September 19

Always wanted to learn how to play the violin or the viola or brush-up on your playing skills? This is your opportunity! In a group setting you will learn and strengthen the foundations of violin and viola playing together with other adult participants under the expert step-by-step guidance of faculty member Andre Pretzel.


Requirements: Bring your violin!
Faculty: Andre Pretzel
Monday 6:00pm – 7:00pm Beginners (No Experience Needed)
Monday 7:00pm – 8:00pm Advanced (Little experience)
Fee: $480/year for 28 classes
Start Date: September 11

A fun and supportive ensemble for adult flute players level 2 and up. Together we’ll explore diverse repertoire of different eras and styles, solidify flute technique, and gather tips and tricks for successful ensemble playing.


Faculty: Sibylle Marquardt

Schedule: Thursday 6:30pm – 7:30pm | bi-weekly

Fee: $490/year (18 classes)
Start Date: September 21

A unique opportunity for all students to experience a traditional brass ensemble in a fun, inclusive, educational, and supportive environment. The ensemble is open for beginning to advanced students and will consist of weekly rehearsals, masterclasses, and public performances throughout the year covering a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music for brass ensemble.

Faculty: Rod MacGillivray
Time: Saturday 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Fee: $325/year
Start Date: September 9
Open to the following Instruments: trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, tuba, percussion

The Conservatory Chamber Orchestra is a string ensemble for advanced students playing challenging repertoire at the RCM Grade 6 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.


Faculty: Celeste Jankowski

Time: Monday 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Tuition: $350/ yearly
Start Date: September 18

The Glee Club is an exciting new opportunity for singers and dancers from ages 12-16 that draws inspiration from movies such as Pitch Perfect, High School Musical, and of course the Glee tv series. Each week, we will come together to rehearse songs chosen from your favourite popular artists of today along with a medley of throwbacks. Our focus will be on singing together in harmony with some solo opportunities. A professional dancer will choreograph the final program which will be presented at the end of the year.

The course instructor, Amelia McMahon, brings over twenty years of experience as a performer and teacher of popular singing styles. She ran several Glee clubs in Montreal prior to the pandemic and competed in the finals of the ICCA competition that Pitch Perfect is based upon during her years singing with Effusion A Cappella at McGill University.


Faculty: Amelia McMahon – voice 

Time: Friday 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Tuition: $590 for 30 classes

Start Date: September 15

What is Dalcroze Eurhythmics? Dalcroze is a multi-sensory method of music education that uses gesture and movement to better understand different aspects of music. In a Dalcroze class students expand the ability to listen, respond and adapt to others in the room, and learn to use the mind and body together as tools for analyzing and experiencing music. These techniques make musical concepts vivid and the process is fun and challenging. Dalcroze Eurhythmics is famously hard to describe because it is experiential, but it is a place for creativity, imagination and joy. Come and give it a try!

Faculty: Susannë Brown
Time: Friday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Cost: $360 for 24 Classes
Start Date:
Term 1 – September 29 (12 Classes)
Term 2 – February 2 (12 Classes)

The Seton Conservatory Choir is one of the best mixed voice choirs in Nova Scotia. With its 40 year history and relatively small size this auditioned choir has achieved an excellent balance and blend of voices through a choral sound of high vocal quality. It is led by the Artistic Director Garth MacPhee and supported by piano accompanist Dean Bradshaw.


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Conductor: Garth MacPhee

Time: Wednesday 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Cost: $250/year + $65 Registration Fee / 30 rehearsals

Start Date: September 12

The World Music Ensemble performs music from various cultures throughout the world. Anyone and any instrument is welcome! All music explored is authentic to the tradition and since everyone is welcome with their own instrument of choice (and this is encouraged!), a natural and true cross-cultural approach to music takes place in this ensemble. Whether you are advanced or are a beginner, whether you play classical, folk, jazz, or any style from anywhere, there is always a spot for you and it is always stimulating! Students have the opportunity to explore and perform music from areas of the world such as the Middle East, India, Africa, Eastern Europe, South America and more; culminating with an end of term concert. Students even have the opportunity to learn some new instruments from different cultures if they wish. Classical, folk, popular, and even dance music of various cultural traditions are explored.

If students would like to join who aren’t sure if their level or ability fits the ensemble, please contact the director.


Faculty: Daniel MacNeil
Time: Thursday 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Fee: $520/full year (formerly $260 per term)
Start Date: September 14

Are you ready to unleash your inner Broadway star? Look no further than our brand-new musical theatre program for adults! Join us on Thursday nights for an exhilarating 10-week journey that will ignite your passion for all things musical theatre. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or just starting out, our prolific instructors will guide you through the magical world of musical theatre, helping you develop your musical theatre technique. At the end of the program, get ready to shine on stage during our public showcase performance. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of an unforgettable musical experience and build your social and professional networks! Enroll now and let your talent take center stage!


Faculty: Patrick Maubert
Time: Thursday 6:45pm – 8:45pm
Fee: $400 for 10 classes
Start Date: October 5

Have you ever thought about beginning guitar or have you recently started? Join the MCPA Adult “Guitar from Scratch” class and learn to play in a relaxed, fun, inclusive environment! “Guitar from Scratch” welcomes those interested in learning the basics of guitar playing and learning how to play with others. Members will develop ensemble/band skills in a wide range of musical styles, including: popular (pop, classic rock, etc.), folk, blues, classical, Celtic, country, and more! The ensemble welcomes all types of guitars: acoustic, classical, electric, bass, steel guitar. Basics of reading notation, tab, and playing by ear will be introduced. The class will conclude with an optional performance.


Faculty: Daniel MacNeil
Time: Tuesday 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Fee: $245/term
Start Date: February 13
Age: 19+

Children's Programs

We have kids programs too - From String Orchestra to Music and Movement!
fun for kids