TBSO Education 2021 Programs

  • Spirit Bear

    TBSO Spirit Bear Project invites elementary and senior elementary students from Thunder and surrounding regions to participate in the Spirit Bear Song audio/video collaboration with the TBSO and award winning Indigenous singer songwriter Shy-Anne Hovorka.

    Learn about the Spirit Bear and how to sing the popular Anishinaabe drum song in Ojibwe! 

    In the project teaching videos, we learn the Spirit Bear Song, and how the Spirit Bear represents courage and healing to the Indigenous peoples. We learn that when we sing the song, it is sung 4 times in order to include everything and everyone in the four directions (East, South, West & North), all nations, all cultures, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

    Participating students all across Northwestern Ontario will join us in singing the Spirit Bear Song by submitting a video or audio recording of them singing by themselves or with their families (a reference track will be provided). These recordings will be put together to form a regional choir of students singing with the TBSO conducted by RBC Resident Conductor Maria Fuller, and Shy-Anne Hovorka in a Spirit Bear Song music video.

    We know from the past and the Grade 3 Symphony Sing Along that the combined forces of over 200 student voices strong supported by the Thunder Bay Symphony creates an unforgettable sound and experience! In this project we hope to have more than 1,000 voices! Be a part of this amazing choral event for the grade 3 -8 students of Thunder Bay and surrounding Northwestern Ontario! 

  • 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 video!

    The ‘Musicians in the Classroom Online’ program brings a small ensemble of musicians into your Grade 5, 6, 7 or 8 classroom for a 45 minute presentation that provides students with the opportunity to meet the TBSO musicians and their instruments virtually.

    The presentations consist of a musical performance with explanations from with the musicians to learn more about the music, instruments, and the lives of professional musicians. Each ensemble consists of 3-8 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 eighth year bringing the Link Up program to the students of Thunder Bay. For 2020-2021, Thunder Bay’s Grades 4-6 students have the opportunity to participate in the ‘The Orchestra Sings” program.

    Melody is one of the universal elements of music. Composers and musicians create melodies, which can be sung or played on instruments. The orchestra sings when its musicians play melodies on their instruments. 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 Sings” 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 2020-21 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. Normally students participating in Link Up attend a culminating concert, in which they sing and play recorders with the orchestra from their seats. This year the final concert will be online. 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: Online
    Registration is required.