Senior North Shore Celtic Ensemble

Our senior players are committed to and passionate about ensemble music. They want to be part of a high-level performance group and to explore new directions with their music. Players perform complex arrangements of traditional and contemporary fiddle tunes as well as original music that blends folk, jazz, and classical.

Age: 13+
Instruments: violin and other bowed strings; flute/whistle*; piano*, guitar*, bass guitar* mandolin*, and accordion*; percussion*
Pre-requisite: 3+ years of playing experience, including at least 1 year in Junior NSCE
Co-requisite: weekly private lessons
Rehearsals: Wednesday, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm and Saturdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm September - June

Performances Include:

This season due to Covid restrictions,  most of our performances will be live-streamed shows or virtual collaborations.  In a “normal” year, the Senior group has:

  • Self-produced theatre shows
  • Spring Community Ceili dance
  • Local festivals, events and fundraisers
  • Collaboration with other music ensembles (orchestra, choir, etc)
  • Lynn Valley Days parade (weather permitting)

Faculty: Claude Giguère, Gabriel Dubreuil
Tuition: $1,200**
Additional Activity (fees independent from tuition and determined by itinerary):

  • Two weekend retreats with professional musicians and/or other youth groups (~$150/ea.)
  • Weekend travel to perform and/or attend workshops with other fiddle groups in BC
  • A 10-14 day summer tour every 2 years
  • (Optional) Attendance at a summer fiddle camp

How to join: Students must spend 1+ year in the Junior Ensemble before auditioning for the Senior Ensemble.

Audition Requirements:

*Limited places available. Please inquire.
**2020/21 season rate (Sept - June)
 

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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