Adult Programs

School of Music

Adult Orchestra

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!

Conductor: Susannë Brown

Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Adult Violin Class

Violins and violas were born to play in group settings. In this class, students will improve their ensemble skills while learning the fundamental principles of playing the violin, how to read music and the joys of playing in a string group.

Conductor: Andre Pretzel

Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 pm & 8:00-9:00 pm

Klezmer Ensemble

Klezmer is a style of traditional Jewish music that is known for its highly embellished melodies, moving rhythms and intricate improvisations. This ensemble will work with rhythmic forms particular to Klezmer such as Bulgars, Horas, Freylachs, and Doinas. Exploration with Klezmer scales including; Mishaberach, Freygish, and Lydian b7 will be used as a foundation for improvisation.

In addition to learning traditional pieces, the ensemble will experiment with and create new sounds using the modes and forms mentioned above. Developing originality will be a focus of this group. Players of all ages and instruments are welcome. Woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboard, vocals and strings all have a place in this music. Participants must have at least a level four on their instrument, the ability to read music at a basic level, and the desire to be creative and free. The Klezmer ensemble will provide an environment for students to develop their ensemble-playing and improvisation skills while learning about cultural differences and similarities.

Conductor: Gina Burgess

Harp Class

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

Traditional Ensemble

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.

Teacher: TBA

Sundays 12:30pm – 3pm

Seton Conservatory Choir

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

Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm

Swingalong Vocal Ensemble

Swingalong is the perfect group for adults who want to discover the classic jazz standards of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s while sharpening their vocal technique. Swingalong is a small ensemble that sings in three to four-part harmony. This ensemble is perfect for those looking for a relaxed way to learn more about singing jazz and performing with others! No audition required.

Teacher: TBA

Wednesdays 7:30pm – 9pm

Voxbox Singing Group

A small group with close harmonies, laughter, and learning, VoxBox gives female singers an opportunity to stretch their voices with music covering everything from Bach to Doo-wop. From harmonizing gospel tunes by ear to reading the notes of a South African song on paper, Antonia Pigot will help singers cultivate their voices and sing in harmony.

Conductor: TBA

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm