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  • Symphony Sing-Along

    Learn Canadian Folk songs in English, French and Ojibwe! Grade 3 classes from across the city come together to sing in concert with the TBSO on Nov. 26, 27, 28 and Dec. 3, 2019

    Learn Canadian Folk songs in English, French and Ojibwe! Grade 3 classes from across the city come together to sing in concert with the TBSO on Nov. 26, 27, 28, & Dec. 3, 2019!

    Participating grade 3 classes from all over the city of Thunder Bay prepare folk songs to be sung in French and English, with The Spirit Bear Song in Ojibwe and culminating with Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.  Printed and recorded versions of the songs are provided to the teachers in advance. In-school coaching sessions are done by music teachers (and willing classroom teachers) with the help of one school visit by the TBSO’s RBC Resident Conductor, Maria Fuller.

    Each school is scheduled to perform at one of the three 7 PM concerts. On the morning of the concert, students convene at the concert location for a dress rehearsal with the TBSO.  Classes which have prepared the same two special folk songs will join together to create a choir of 60 – 100 students. All participants that evening will combine to perform The Spirit Bear Song in Ojibwe and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in English en masse. In the past, the combined forces have been over 200 student voices strong supported by the Thunder Bay Symphony which creates an unforgettable sound and experience! Be a part of this amazing choral event for the grade 3 students of the Thunder Bay! 

    Travel: Participating schools will be responsible for busing students to the concert location facility for the morning rehearsal. Parents bring their participating students and are encouraged to attend the free 7 pm concert. 

  • TBSO in the Schools

    TBSO in the Schools gives elementary and secondary students the opportunity to experience the full symphony orchestra in a fun and engaging concert.  If you wish, students from visiting schools may also attend.

    To have the exciting Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra visit your school please complete the registration form. Proposed Concert Offerings:

    —November 13 & 14, 2019 “Come see the Animals! A Musical Zoo”

    Meet Peter and the Wolf, follow the flight of the Bumble Bee, and listen for the Lion’s roar!

    —December 10 & 11, 2019 A Musical Winter Wonderland!

    Frosty favourites and sparkly holiday classics abound in a concert featuring Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture, Anderson’s iconic Sleigh Ride and a sing along with the TBSO.

    —January 29 & 31, 2020 Sports and Music!

    Get your game on with a concert where the music of the TBSO and a narrator tell the story! Featuring Casey at the Bat and the Hockey Sweater and other sports classics.

  • Musicians in the Classroom

    Invite the instrument families of Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra into your classroom! Meet the musicians and the instruments they play in an up close and personal concert!

    The ‘Musicians in the Classroom’ program brings a small ensemble of musicians into your Grade 5, 6, 7 or 8 classroom for a 45-60 minute presentation that provides students with the opportunity to meet the TBSO musicians and their instruments. Les présentations se feront aussi en français.

    The presentations consist of a musical performance and a Q&A session with the musicians to learn more about the music, instruments, and the lives of professional musicians. Each ensemble consists of 4-6 musicians, typically representing one family of instruments in the orchestra (strings, woodwinds, and brass).

    Registration is required.


  • Link Up

    This will be the TBSO’s seventh year bringing the Link Up program to the students of Thunder Bay. For 2019-2020, Thunder Bay’s Grades 4-6 students have the opportunity to participate in the ‘The Orchestra Rocks’ program.

    One universal element of music is rhythm. Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. A consistent groove can unite musicians, singers, and audiences in an experience of listening and performing together. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra we will discover how the orchestra rocks. For more details about “The Orchestra Rocks” check out their website: Carnegie Hall, Link Up

    Link Up is a program developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in New York. During the 2019-20 season, the program will be shared with more than 100 partner orchestras in Canada, the U.S., Spain, Japan, Brazil, and Kenya. Link Up pairs orchestras with elementary school students in their local communities to explore orchestra repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum. Students participating in Link Up attend a culminating concert, in which they sing and play recorders with the orchestra from their seats. Schools will receive the Link Up curriculum guide for each teacher, student workbooks, and access to Carnegie Hall’s online resources and Link Up Facebook group. There are 4 different Link Up programs – The Orchestra Sings, The Orchestra Rocks, the Orchestra Moves and the Orchestra Swings – each presented in yearly cycles.

    Where: Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
    Travel: Participating schools will be responsible for busing students to the TBCA for the final concert.
    Registration is required.

  • Side by Side

    For the ultimate unique and up close concert experience for your music students, have them play side by side with the musicians of the TBSO in a concert for your school!

    You, the music teacher, can choose up to 5 pieces your band or orchestra would like to play with the TBSO.  When the orchestra comes to your school, students sit next to the professional musicians for a 1 hr rehearsal led by TBSO’s new RBC Resident Conductor, Maria Fuller. Then, we integrate your repertoire (and students) into a 1 hour ‘TBSO in the Schools’ concert program. Invite the rest of your school to the concert portion where they get to see and hear their fellow students play with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra! Your music students get to remain seated among the TBSO musicians throughout the entire concert. 

    Registration is required.