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 – 8:30 pm

Tuition: $250/ yearly

Always wanted to learn how to play the violin or the viola? This is your opportunity! In a group setting, you will learn the foundations of violin playing.

Requirements: Bring your violin!

Weekly classes on Mondays

> 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Beginners (No Experience Needed)
> 7:00 pm – 8:00pm Advanced (Little experience)

Lesson Length: 1 hour
Start date: March 6 – May 29 
Fee: $240

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 & Jennifer Publicover

Schedule: Saturdays, 12:30-1:30pm/bi-weekly

Fee: $350/term

The MCPA Brass ensemble provides 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.

Director: Rod MacGillivray
Saturdays 2-4pm
Fee: $280/year
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 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuition: $350/ yearly

Join the new Glee Club, a show choir for ages 9-17, and learn to sing and dance with joy and exuberance under the expert guidance of Amelia McMahon/choir director and Katrina Phillip/dance director. Students will learn a medley of popular songs that will be presented during an end of year performance. Interested students will have the opportunity to audition for vocal and dance solos or explore skills such as beatboxing.


Amelia McMahon – voice 

Katrina Phillip – dance

Time: Friday 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Tuition: $240 for 12 classes

Schedule: February 3rd – May 5th

Ever wonder what performing in a guitar ensemble would be like? Join the Guitar Ensemble and experience an incredible performance, sonic and social experience designed for guitarists! Players will develop strong ensemble skills and the repertoire ranges from classical (all periods) to jazz, many “world” styles, improvised music, popular, blues, and more. The ensemble welcomes all types of guitars: acoustic, classical, electric, bass, steel guitar. Every term culminates with a concert performance. Suggested level: RCM 6+ or equivalent. Guitarists with the ability to play by ear or read tab are also welcome! If you would like to join but you’re not sure you have the level, contact the director.

Director: Daniel MacNeil
Time: Wednesday 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Fee: $260 for 15 classes
Schedule: February 1st – May 17th
Concert Date: TBA

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: Fridays 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Cost: $120
Session length: 12 sessions, Beginning January 27th

Welcome to the Prelude Orchestra, the newest member of the String Orchestra family at the MCPA!  In this ensemble string and woodwind players playing at RCM grade 2 will begin their orchestral journey – learning to play with other musicians.  In our weekly rehearsals we will build the experience of playing in a group with different sections.

In addition to our weekly rehearsals, there will be opportunities to perform through the year, and some concerts together with the Presto and Chamber Orchestras, showcasing the full spectrum of orchestral development for children at the MCPA through to the end of high school.

Faculty: Susannë Brown
Time: Mondays 5-5:45 pm
Cost: $205/year

The Presto String Orchestra is a great place to meet other young musician friends and have fun playing together! This ensemble will provide an upbeat and challenging collaborative experience for young string musicians wanting to explore the world of the string orchestra. Participants will meet weekly to play stimulating repertoire from the string orchestral repertoire as a full ensemble, in sectional rehearsals, and in occasional joint rehearsals with the other Conservatory orchestras. This group will train string players in all of the skills needed to move into the Conservatory Chamber Orchestra. In addition to weekly rehearsals, there will be performance opportunities alongside the Chamber and Adult Orchestras, providing a delightful musical and multigenerational experience!

This is for RCM grades 3-5.

Faculty: Susannë Brown
Time: Mondays, 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Cost: $215/year

New to the Conservatory, the Seton Conservatory Choir is a community choir focusing on classic works by well-known choral composers such as Rutter, Britten, and Brahms. Led by instructor Garth MacPhee and accompanied by Dean Bradshaw.

Conductor: Garth MacPhee

Time: Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm

Cost: $250/year + $65 Registration Fee

This is an adult singing class in group format with the focus on jazz singing – the songs and the style. All levels welcome! The group will learn jazz repertoire, practice vocal jazz style and learn about the song’s place in jazz history – listening to the greats who sang it.

The other focus of the class is learning how to sing in harmony; to hear the chords behind the tunes and maybe try some improvisation too – Bop-shoo-bop!

The class is in person with masks, distancing and Zoom attendance on request.

Faculty: Antonia Pigot
Time: Thursdays 7:00pm
Schedule: Feb 2 – April 27 (12 weeks)
Fee: $240

The World Music Ensemble performs music from various cultures throughout the world. Anyone (and 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 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 join who aren’t sure if their level or ability fits the ensemble, please contact the director.


Faculty: Daniel MacNeil
Time: Thursdays 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Fee: $250/term

Children's Programs

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