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Thursday April 26th 7:30pm, Sea to Sky Ballroom

Student Social and Dance!

Featuring UBC Swing Kids &
A Local High School Jazz Band

 

Friday April 27th 7pm & 8:30pm, Sea to Sky Ballroom

Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra
Colin Clarke, Director

Time Groups Assigned
7:00pm TBA
8:30pm TBA

 

Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra

The Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (TYWO) began as the dream of its founder and Artistic Director, Colin Clarke while he was a high school student.  Under his direction, the Brampton Youth Wind Ensemble, as it was then called, comprised of about 15 young musicians who wanted to take their performance skills to the next level by challenging themselves to play professional-level concert repertoire.  The ensemble debuted to a small, but enthusiastic audience at the University of Toronto’s MacMillan Theatre the following year.  Concert goers were impressed by the band’s amazing sound and commitment to excellence and the artistic maturity and vision of its young director.  That same year, the ensemble won its first award, a Gold Award at the Southern Ontario Band Festival, a division of MusicFest Canada.

Fast forward to 1994.  The newly-named Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, now with a full complement of 50 musicians, became a well recognized and widely-celebrated musical group.  Since then, the ensemble’s accomplishments have grown substantially to include many regional and national awards, featured guests at major festivals as well as radio and television broadcasts.  The Wind Orchestra boasts a long list of collaborations with renowned artists; acclaimed composers James Curnow, Donald Coakley, Dr. Jack Stamp, Johan de Meij, Eric Whitacre and Samuel R. Hazo; appearances with internationally-recognized conductors including Dr. Glenn Price of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Dr. Donald Hunsberger, formerly of the Eastman School of Music; world-class virtuosi – trumpeter Allen Vizzutti and trombonist Joseph Alessi; and performances with great Canadian talents Phil Nimmons, Robert Pilon, W. Bramwell Smith, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Peter Appleyard, Michael Burgess, Kevin MacMillan, Leslie Fagan and the Canadian Brass.  On the occasion of its 15th anniversary season, the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra travelled to New York City for a performance at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall as part of the historic hall’s Ensemble Spotlight Series, the first ever Canadian youth wind ensemble to be so honoured.  In 2011, the Wind Orchestra marked its 20th anniversary with a return to Carnegie Hall.

There are TYWO alumni in schools as educators and administrators across Canada, the U.S. and abroad.  As well, you can find TYWO alumni in major symphony orchestras including the Saint Louis Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Victoria Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  Although not all members go on into a professional career in music, all do share the common bond created from being a part of this family of ensembles.  Well over 1,500 Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Winds and Concert Winds musicians, volunteers and staff have passed through our organization over the past twenty years.

The Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra is a community-driven youth ensemble which operates largely through the support of a wide network of volunteers and patrons, and continues to raise the awareness of wind band repertoire and promote the importance of music education and the arts.

Saturday April 28th

 

Rainbow Theatre, 12:00pm

An Outstanding Local Jazz Ensemble

Sea to Sky Ballroom, 7:00pm & 8:30pm

Vancouver Youth Choir
Carrie Tennant, Director

interval

Festival Mass Choir

Time Groups Assigned
7:00pm TBA
8:30pm TBA

 

Vancouver Youth Choir

The Vancouver Youth Choir is the lower mainland’s newest choir for singers aged 15-23. Founded by Carrie Tennant, the Vancouver Youth Choir provides an opportunity for advanced singers to pursue challenging and eclectic music in a supportive and joyful environment. Artistry and authentic communication are the goals of this young choir, who present music from Fleet Foxes to Gyorgy Orban. The choir began its very first season fall of 2013, and at Christmas presented its first concert in collaboration with the VSO School of Music Children's Choir. This spring, VYC participated in a private workshop with Rajaton (Finland), shared the stage in concerts with Kamiak Choirs (Seattle, WA), Glendora High School choirs (Glendora, CA), and Rhythm N’ Roots Choir, and collaborated with several local high school choirs in the lower mainland. In their second season, the Vancouver Youth Choir is excited to announce that they will be an Associate Choir of the Vancouver Chamber Choir. As an Associate Choir, VYC will perform in three concerts with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, including, in spring of 2015, the Faure Requiem at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver. VYC is thrilled to be participating in the Whistler Cantando Festival.