Senior Choir is Creating “Awesome” Memories

It’s been six and a half years since SONG opened the doors on its first rehearsal.  Two students from that original group remain, and they reminded me recently that the rehearsal consisted of 4 kids, myself and one other volunteer.  “It was so much fun!” they both agree.  Their reaction is no surprise, as they’ve stuck with SONG ever since. …

Thankfulness Abounds

For the past two seasons, Canadian recording artist, Susan Passmore of the Juno award-winning group “The Good Lovelies” has worked in our classrooms with our students.  Susan elicited words and ideas from her time with the students and transformed them into the songs “We’re on Fire” and “Find a Light”. This wonderful collaboration culminated in an invitation on Saturday, October …

SONG is Growing!

SONG started its seventh season on September 16th with a bang!  We are growing! Sounds of the Next Generation’s (SONG) is expanding our ensemble music education program to reach even more children and youth in Northumberland County, who may not otherwise have access to the joy of music. SONG will now include students in Grades 7-9 in our inaugural Senior …

The Legacy will live on

After nearly 120 years in operation, the Port Hope Lawn Bowling Club has closed its club house and greens.  Located behind the Presbyterian Church on Walton Street in Port Hope since 1900, interest in the sport and active membership had been getting smaller in the past few years.  Remaining members and the governing Board decided that it was the right …

Seeking a new choral conductor for our team

With about two months until the start of our seventh season, SONG is seeking a new choral conductor for our Cobourg program.  If you know of a qualified musician who could step into this role, please direct their attention to this information and help us spread the word!  Below are the official details of the position. CHORAL INSTRUCTOR (contract position) …

Music in Education

We are always encouraged by study after study that shows the positive benefits of music education.  As cuts to education once again threaten core arts programs, we encourage our political leaders to remember that music opportunities in schools impact students in such a positive way. Case in point…there is a fascinating research study out of UBC showing the relationship between …

Volunteers: Lifting our Communities

As Canada celebrates National Volunteer Week (Apr 7-13), the national organization “Volunteers Canada” has chosen the theme, “Volunteers:  Lifting our Communities” and are using the image of balloons in flight. Like all not-for-profit organizations, SONG depends on the passion and dedication of volunteers to help make the program a success.  For six years, SONG has benefited from a wealth of …

The Community of Music

MAKING MUSIC WITH OUR COMMUNITY On Saturday, February 9, SONG singers and string players participated in a family concert, “Let’s Move, Let’s Dance”, presented by the Northumberland Orchestra and Choir. For some students, it was their first experience listening to a full, live orchestra. Several of our string volunteers – past and present – play in the NOC, as does …

The Strength of Community Part II

The community within which an organization thrives has many facets.  In our last blog post, we mentioned the wonderful support of the arts community through SONG’s connections with the Northumberland Players.  But SONG also benefits greatly from its community ties to individuals, service clubs, and businesses.  One such business connection that stands out is the many ways that Ten Thousand …

The Strength of Community

We continually talk about community partnerships, sponsorships, and opportunities because we are continually blessed and humbled by the generosity of our community in Northumberland County towards the SONG program.  One area of the local artistic community that has provided SONG with a unique opportunity is the Northumberland Players.  Each summer, the Players run a series of youth theatre camps and …