Music community provides new learning opportunities

With the arrival of September comes the return to all sorts of learning opportunities among them workshops in music.

With the arrival of September comes the return to all sorts of learning opportunities.

Amongst the opportunities are three events being held in the community in choral, vocal and practice enhancement.

This fall the Cariboo will offer three music related workshops, which teachers and students will want to make time for.

The first workshop on Oct. 12, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. is titled, Calming the Practice Monster.

Paul Coates will be at the Calvary Church to hold an interactive workshop to reconnect the musical team: student, parent and teacher. For more information on this workshop visit

The community’s second opportunity for vocal advancement is being held in Quesnel, Oct. 18-20.

This event offers a choral workshop and vocal master classes given by Katherine van Kampen.

Cathy Heintzelman, at 250-747-3864 or, is the person to contact for further details.

The weekend of Nov. 3-4 will be another chance for choral and vocal master classes.  Alexandra Babbel will be coming to Williams Lake to offer a workshop for groups and individuals. Contact Sharon Hoffman at 250-392-5671 or for more information on the event.

The Cariboo has many places to become involved in music.

One area looking for new volunteers is the Cariboo Festival Committee.

This committee held its first meeting Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. at the Cariboo Central Arts Centre.

Anyone interested in promoting the arts in this community is encouraged to come out to a meeting.

Jane Perry, at 250-392-3475, would be happy to give further information about this group.

Lastly, the community would like to congratulate many musicians on completing written and practical music exams in the last year.

Conservatory Canada Theory 6 was completed by Stephanie Carter.

Royal Conservatory Theory exams where completed by Marlie Russell, Advanced Rudiments first class honours with distinction; Naomi Lomavatu, Intermediate Rudiments first class honours with distinction; and Olivia Harrison, Basic Rudiments, first class honours with distinction.

Royal Conservatory Piano exams were completed by Naomi Lomavatu, Grade 8 first class honours; Etienne Le Bouder, Grade 5 first class honours; Nicole Dickens, Grade 3 first class honours with distinction; Grace Warkentin, Grade 3 first class honours; Nicole DiMarco, Grade 2 first class honours; Keri Rankin, Prepatory B, first class honours.

Finally, a Royal Conservatory Grade 10 vocal exam was completed by Michelle Erlandson.

Again, well done to all these students.

Parents, teachers and students please look into the details of all these events.  Music is a discipline that brings such rich benefits to our lives.

Let’s participate in these events and grow to appreciate this fine gift.