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Fee and Program Schedule 2024-2025

Registration Details

  • Early Bird Discount: Register by July 10 and have a credit applied to your account before the first billing date (SR/JR/S&T: $50, Intro/StepDance/Folkestra: $25)
  • Billing dates: Memberships will be invoiced on Aug 1 2024 and (if applicable) on Dec 1 2024. 
  • Registration deadline: Returning Senior and Junior Ensemble and new members having completed an audition must register or confirm intent to register in writing to an Artistic Director by August 1, 2024 to secure their spot in the program. 

Family Registration & New Registration Website  

  • We are excited to announce our transition to a new membership management software, "Choir Genius." This system offers a range of new features, including the ability for parents to register multiple children, manage their accounts with ease, benefit from auto-billing, and access a dedicated phone app. Please note that existing members will need to create a new account on Choir Genius. 
  • Sibling discount: A $50 discount is available for the second and third family members enrolled in the S&T, Junior, or Senior programs. To have this discount applied as a credit to your account, email admin@celticensemble.ca

Programs With September Intake:

Group Program Details Single Payment (Billed on Aug 1) Semi-Annual Installment (part due Aug 1 and part Dec 1 2024)
Strings & Things Wed, 6:00 - 7:15 pm $775 $390 x2
Junior Ensemble Wed, 6:00 - 7:30 pm $1,085 $545 x2
Senior Ensemble Wed, 7:30 - 9:30 pm AND Sat, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon $1,450 $725 x2

Programs With Multiple Intakes:

GroupProgram Details

Single Payment (bi annual option also available)

 Fall Term* Winter Term*Spring Term*
Intro to Fiddling Wed, 5:00 - 6:00 pm $700  $275 $215 $235
Folkestra TBA $400  $150 $125 $150
Tap Dance TBA $700  $275 $215 $235

*Single term registration: We encourage families joining in September to enrol for the entire year to simplify the registration process. If you chose to register for each term separately, please note that you will need to re-register before the start of each term. Save $25 with the Single Payment plan. 

We have increased our fees by ~3.5% this year. Thanks to our generous funders, this adjustment is below the anticipated rise in our costs for the upcoming year, which include higher expenses for venue rental, insurance, and staffing. Tuition includes all transaction fees. 

Payment Options

  • Payment for the season is due upon registration.  Payment can be made by credit card through your celticensemble.ca account.
  • Mid-season registrations after November 1 will be prorated, place permitting.
  • Apply to The Celtic Ensemble’s need-based bursary fund: We remain committed to offering accessible and inclusive music programs. You may apply for a partial student bursary by emailing info@celticensemble.ca

Early Withdrawal and Refund Policy

For programs with September intake (S&T/Jr/Sr):
    1. If the student withdraws prior to November 1, their fees will be prorated according to the number of group lessons that have been held. Refunds will be charged an additional $50 administrative fee.
    2. If the student withdraws on or after November 1 they are responsible for full payment of fees for the program year (SnT/JR/SR). 
    3. The Executive Director must be informed of the withdrawal either by email gabriel@celticensemble.ca
For programs with multiple intakes (Intro/Folkestra/Tap Dance):
    1. Once a term begins, payments for the current term are non-refundable
    2. Refunds will be charged an additional $50 administrative fee.
    3. The Executive Director must be informed of the withdrawal either by email gabriel@celticensemble.ca

Additional Costs

Senior Ensemble Additional Costs: 

  • Performance Uniform: Ensemble members must purchase a Celtic Ensemble t-shirt ($25), black dress pants or skirt, black dress shoes or flats. Members may also be assessed an additional formal costume fee in the order of ~$40-$100 / season. 
  • September retreat: ~$140 (food provided by parents, 1 catered meal)
  • February retreat: ~$260 (incl. Full room and board)
  • West Coast Fiddle Summit: Banff 2025 costs are still TBC.
  • Tour: Planning is in the works for a tour on the way to West Coast Youth Fiddle Summit in Banff, AB. Families should also expect a major international tour in 2026.

Junior Ensemble Additional Costs: 

  • Performance Uniform: Ensemble members must purchase a Celtic Ensemble  t-shirt ($25), black dress pants or skirt, black dress shoes or flats. Members may also be assessed an additional formal costume fee in the order of ~$40-$100 / season. 
  • West Coast Fiddle Summit: Banff 2025 costs are still TBC (Nanaimo 2024 cost was $465 incl. Registration fees, travel, room & board). 

Strings & Things, Intro to Fiddling Folkestra, Tap Dance

  • Performance Uniform: Ensemble members must purchase a Celtic Ensemble t-shirt ($25), black dress pants or skirt, black dress shoes or flats.

Volunteer commitment

The Celtic Ensemble relies with gratitude on parent volunteers to support our programs and performances. In addition to the basic expectation that each family helps to sell tickets to performances, and drive their musician to rehearsals and performances, families are asked to commit to the following volunteer hours over the course of the year:

  • Strings & Things families: ~5 hours/year
  • Junior Ensemble families: ~10 hours/year
  • Senior Ensemble families: ~15 hours/year

Volunteering allows you to meet new people and get to know our organization. If you are unable to volunteer your time, you may opt to pay a $250 fee either at registration or at the end of the season if volunteer hours are unmet.

Program Schedule

View Google Calendar: Intro to Fiddling | Folkestra | Strings & Things | Junior Ensemble | Senior Ensemble

General Program Dates (All Programs)

  • Sept 18: Classes start (Folkestra/Tap Dance TBC)
  • Sept 22: Welcome event for all families at Camp Capilano!

  • Oct 5: Culture Days Performance

  • Nov 30: Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver (all students invited to perform Encore number)

  • Dec 15 - Jan 4: Winter Break. Classes resume Jan 8 (Folkestra/Tap Dance TBC)

  • March 15-29: Spring Break. Classes resume April 2

  • TBD (June): Ceilidh Dance

  • June 11: Last rehearsal of the season

Senior Ensemble (Additional Dates)

  • Sept 20-22: Senior Ensemble retreat at Camp Capilano

  • Nov 16: Dress rehearsal 

  • Nov 22: Dress rehearsal

  • Nov 23: Dress rehearsal w/ tech

  • Nov 24: Eagle Eye Theatre in Squamish

  • Nov 30: Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver

  • Dec 7: Dress rehearsal for ‘A Celtic Christmas’

  • Dec 14: ‘A Celtic Christmas’ at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

  • Jan 31 - Feb 2: Senior Ensemble retreat at Loon Lake

  • April 14-18: Senior Ensemble Tour (Vancouver to Banff)

  • April 18-21: West Coast Youth Fiddle Summit (Banff Centre for the Arts)

Junior Ensemble (Additional Dates)

  • Sept 14: Junior Ensemble Intensive

  • Nov 23: Dress rehearsal w/ tech

  • Nov 24: Eagle Eye Theatre in Squamish

  • Nov 30: Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver

  • April 18-21: West Coast Youth Fiddle Summit (Banff Centre for the Arts)


The North Shore Celtic Ensemble has a dual mandate: To inspire youth to do more and go further with music, and to use music to build and strengthen community connections. We are a non-profit society and registered charity.

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