The Festival of the Sound is dedicated to providing innovative, creative, thematic programming. This includes our “off-season” music educational projects.
The love of music often begins in childhood and the Festival is committed to bringing world-class, professional classical musicians into our local schools. During the school year, we organize an exciting and innovative music education outreach programme called Music Scores. Through this programme, the students are provided opportunities to meet professional musicians, learn together with them, and attend professional concerts at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts.
Music Scores is the Festival of the Sound’s unique initiative to bring professional musicians to Parry Sound twice each year for visits to all of the elementary schools in the region. Every spring and fall, Festival musicians visit students in grade 4 to 6 at our local schools to get to know the students in an informal atmosphere, share about their instrument(s) and passion for music, and participate in an interactive, mutual learning experience. At the end of the week, approximately 700 students then travel to the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts to listen to the musicians, now their friends, in a formal concert setting.
Music Scores primarily focuses on reaching students in grades 4-6; however, many schools often engage their entire student population for the in-school opportunities with the musicians. Music Scores includes all of the local elementary schools within the Near North District School Board, Wasauksing Kinomaugewgamik School, Shawanaga Kinomaugewgamik Elementary School, and St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School. The population of the area includes many youth who are at risk because of poverty, isolation, or lack of opportunity. For most children, Music Scores is their first and only live concert experience. Current research continually shows what educations and artists have known intuitively for many years: exposure to music and the arts helps children to build self-confidence, express their creativity, and perform better in school.
In 2010, Fran Brown, a dedicated concert-goer from the Festival’s inception, made a generous donation to ensure that children would the opportunities to experience classical music at a young age that she didn’t. The Youth Music Education Fund was established to ensure the future of Music Scores.
The Festival of the Sound welcomes any assistance to grow the funds within the Youth Music Education Fund. A tax-deductible donation will make you a part of this exciting initiative!
The students themselves give the best testimonials to the success of the Festival of the Sound’s Music Scores programme. Read below to see what some of the students have enjoyed over the years!
The part that I like best about the Music Scores programme is…
- “I liked when they played songs that I know like Super Mario and Happy and Spiderman.” – Abby, Grade 5
- “Thank you for the wonderful sounds you played us and for including our school” – Matt, Grade 6
- “That the musicians told us about their instruments and that they played the music we know.” – Emma, Grade 5
- “I liked when they played songs that I like and they let us clap.” – Meranda-Lynne, Grade 4
- “I really enjoyed the music. I would like to see it again. I really liked the trumpet.” Parker, Grade 4
- “We really loved your music and the concert hall.” – Liz, Grade 6
- “That the musicians played songs I liked like Mario, Pink Panther, etc. And when they were playing Pink Panther they asked for audience participation.” – Frannie, Grade 5
- “I liked the Music Scores because you played my favourite song. Good work.” – Steven, Grade 4
- “Listening to the music that the musicians played and I want to go there a second time.” – Lincoln, Grade 4
- “That the musicians took their time to come to our school and perform for us. Also a lot of money was put in for their instruments.” – Evelyn, Grade 5
- “The musicians let us participate like clapping for the song Happy.” – Jenny, Grade 4
- “The themes that they played like Pink Panther, Happy, etc. and when they introduce the instrument. It inspired me to play music.” – Rush, Grade 5
- “That us kids can see great musicians perform! Also we get to witness great performances. I love the Music Scores. That’s what I think of the Music Scores!” – Alexis, Grade 5
- “That they played songs I like, like Happy. I also like that they work hard to practice playing so kids can learn more.” – Sarah, Grade 4
- “Thank you for the beautiful music.” – Travis, Grade 6
- “I loved how the performers were so nice to us.” – Josh, Grade 5
- “The music is wonderful. I mean great songs, great musicians equals great.” – Anonymous, Grade 4
Through Music Scores, our local students get to meet professional musicians from all “wavelengths” of the musical spectrum. All of the artists listed below have been involved in our Music Scores programme; without them, none of this would be possible. The Festival greatly appreciates their participation and we thank each of them for their dedication to and passion for youth music education. We know the students do too!
- Quatuor Despax, string quartet (Spring 2019)
- Ken MacDonald, French horn (Fall 2018, Spring 2013)
- Jodi Baker Contin, hand drum (Fall 2018)
- Canadian Guitar Quartet (Spring 2018)
- Graham Campbell, guitar (Fall 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014)
- Cecilia String Quartet (Spring 2017)
- TorQ, percussion quartet (Fall 2016, Spring 2012)
- Guy Few, trumpet (Spring 2016)
- Olivia Esther, French horn (Spring 2016)
- Rachel Thomas, trombone (Spring 2016)
- Patricia O’Callaghan, soprano (Fall 2015)
- Robert Kortgaard, piano (Fall 2015, Fall 2014)
- Joe Phillips, double bass (Fall 2015)
- Shannon Mercer, soprano (Fall 2014)
- Colin Ainsworth, tenor (Fall 2014)
- Chris Kettlewell, double bass (Spring 2014)
- Karen Ng, saxophone (Spring 2014)
- Trillium Brass Quintet (Fall 2013)
- Suzanne Shulman, flute (Spring 2013)
- Elizabeth Eccleston, oboe (Spring 2013)
- James Campbell, clarinet (Spring 2015, Spring 2013)
- James McKay, bassoon (Spring 2013)
- Strings Across the Sky (Fall 2012, Fall 2009)
- Elmer Iseler Singers, choir (Fall 2011)
- National Ballet – YOUdance (Spring 2011)
- Chase Sanborn, trumpet (Fall 2010)
- Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (Spring 2010)