About Our Ensembles

The North Shore Celtic Ensemble inspires and encourages young musicians to learn a Celtic-based repertoire in a dynamic ensemble-playing environment. Musicians learn quickly by ear in an engaging and inclusive social setting. If you are passionate about your music and want to complement your ongoing private lessons we have the right level for you! We are accepting registrations for the 2017/18 season. Please contact info@nsce.ca for more information.
  • NSCE Intro Group Players

    If you have been playing the violin for one year or more and you are at least eight years old, you are welcome to join us for an hour each week at this novice level. We look for enthusiastic players who want to explore their growing love of music while enjoying fun and camaraderie.
    NSCE Intro Group Rehearsals: Thursday  7:15 pm – 8:15 pm  September - June
    Performances Include:
    • 2 performances in collaboration with NSCE Strings and Things
    • Vancouver Celticfest parade (weather permitting) with all four NSCE groups
    Artistic Directors: Brienne Powers/Jodie Nowell
    Tuition: $500
  • NSCE Strings & Things Players

    Admission to Strings & Things requires at least two years playing experience. The focus of this novice group remains on fun and camaraderie, but the player should demonstrate a greater commitment to practice and performance.
    Strings and Things Rehearsals:  Thursday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm  September - June
    Performances Include:
    • 8-10 performances
    • Vancouver Celticfest parade (weather permitting) with all four NSCE groups
    Artistic Directors: Brienne Powers/Jodie Nowell
    Tuition: $600
  • North Shore Junior Celtic Ensemble players

    Designed for violin and viola players twelve years and up, the junior ensemble embodies the essence of playing in and for community. These young musicians offer their combined talents through an extensive and varied performance schedule. The environment is lively, stimulating, dynamic, and balances the rigor of high-quality ensemble playing with engaging musical and social interaction. Considerable commitment is required of all players and students must continue to participate in weekly private lessons.
    Junior Ensemble Rehearsals: Wednesday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm September - June
    Performances Include:
    • 15+ performances
    • Guest performers at the Senior Ensemble Annual Productions
    • Vancouver Celticfest parade (weather permitting) with all four NSCE groups
    • Participation in the annual Ceili
    Artistic Director: Claude Giguère
    Tuition:  $850
  • Senior NSCE players

    At the senior level the musicians are highly enthusiastic about ensemble playing and are committed and passionate about their music. They want to be part of a high caliber performance group and are interested in exploring new directions with their music, with expression on stage being a key component. Young musicians will be given an opportunity to develop their own particular style using movement, singing and dancing. All students are expected to participate in weekly private lessons.
    Senior Ensemble Rehearsals: Tuesday 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm September - June
    Performances Include:
    • Two full weekend retreats in September and January
    • Production of an Annual Show (played multiple times)
    • Participation in festivals, events and fundraisers
    • Ceili
    • Touring (to be announced)
    • Vancouver Celticfest parade (weather permitting) with all four NSCE groups
    Artistic Directors: Claude Giguère and Jay Knutson
    Tuition: $1,150 plus two retreats ($150 each) and additional funds for a small number of overnight trips that incorporate performances, collaborations, small group playing and community concerts. Also, 10-14 day summer trips are planned biannually. 



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  • “… this music that reaches out to each and every tired body in a concert hall is miraculous in its ability to strip away all modern day distractions and give the gift of spiritual renewal. From toddler to wizened fiddler, the children of the North Shore Celtic Ensemble entrance them, lead them and me into motion, physically vibrating with each rollicking and melancholy tune, and send us out into the evening air with a shared confidence that life is good ... from humble beginnings to gala events…the North Shore Celtic Ensemble ... can give much more than it takes.”
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    - Caroline Canfield Cole,
    Professional Violinist