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Youth and Education

Education and community outreach are one of the core activities of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Through various educational programmes, courses, and events, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra works together with children, adolescents, students, parents, life-long learners, teachers, educational leaders, public and private schools, colleges, and universities. Kindred Spirits Orchestra currently has 12 educational programmes:

  1. On-going professional development for musicians
  2. Performing opportunities for young musicians
  3. Artists residences at local schools
  4. Music courses
  5. Solo concerto competition
  6. Youth Strings Mentoring Programme
  7. Associate Conductor residency programme
  8. Assistant Conductor residency programme
  9. Canadian Composer-in-residence programme
  10. Composers Workshops
  11. Conductors Workshop
  12. Broadway Kids Live!

In addition, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra frequently invites young Canadian artists to perform as guest soloists a major composition for a solo instrument and orchestra:

  • Leonid Nediak, piano - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on May 7, 2016 in Rachmaninoff's Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2.
  • Alastair Thorburn-Vitols, descant - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on March 25, 2016 in Mahler's Symphony No. 4.
  • Anson Hui, piano - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on October 24, 2015 in Beethoven's Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1.
  • Lisa Hartl, trumpet - début at Cornell Recital Hall on June 19, 2015 in Shostakovich's Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings No. 1.
  • Jun Kyu Park, cello - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on May 16, 2015 in Elgar's Concerto for cello and orchestra.
  • William Bellehumeur, piano - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on April 3, 2015 in Liszt's Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1.
  • Younggun Kim, piano - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on December 13, 2014 in Beethoven's concerti for piano and orchestra No. 3 and 4.
  • Nicole Li, violin - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on June 26, 2014 in Saint-Saëns’ Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 3.
  • Mark Djokic, violin - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on May 5, 2013 in Sibelius' Concerto for violin and orchestra, Op. 47.
  • Keith Klassen, tenor and Andrea Ludwig, mezzo-soprano - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on March 30, 2013 in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.
  • Rachel Mercer, cello - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on March 30, 2013 in Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33.
  • Maxim Bernard, piano - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on February 16, 2013 with Schumann's Concerto for piano and orchestra.
  • Rebecca Whelan, soprano - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on December 15, 2012 in Handel's Messiah.
  • Joelle Kee, violin - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on October 27, 2012 with Mendelssohn's Concerto for violin and orchestra.
  • Jonas Feldman, trumpet - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on June 28, 2012 and at Unionville Millennium Bandstand on July 1, 2012 with Haydn's Concerto for trumpet and orchestra.
  • Angela Burns, mezzo-soprano - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on May 6, 2012 in Broadway Kids Live!
  • Daniel Bedrossian, descant and Jesse Clark, baritone - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on December 15, 2011 in Handel's Messiah.
  • Stanislav Vitort, tenor - début at CBC Glenn Gould Studio on June 25, 2011 in Mozart's Mass in C ("Coronation"), K. 317.
  • Daniela Gassi, viola; Rachel Gauntlett, cello; and Adam Gaw, French horn - début at Markham Contemporary Music Festival in Dohnányi's Sextet, Op. 37.
  • Darrett Zusko, piano - début at CBC Glenn Gould Studio on April 30, 2011 with Mozart's Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 24, K. 491.
  • Samuel Bisson, cello - début at CBC Glenn Gould Studio on February 19, 2011 with Haydn's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1.
  • Marta Herman, mezzo-soprano - début at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on December 17, 2010 with J.S.Bach's Kleines Magnificat BWV Anh. 21.
  • Hyuntak Lee, piano - début at CBC Glenn Gould Studio on August 7, 2010 with Mozart's Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 23.