Reminder: Music Mentors International Workshop August 2017

July 3, 2017  |  Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Public  |  No Comments

Calling all community concert band and jazz band members!If you forgot about the MMI Workshop August 17-19 in Cochrane, register now!

People who attended last year said it was totally different from any workshop they had previously attended. It was all about improving musicianship rather than worrying about preparing repertoire for a concert.

MMI logoAre you looking for a fun weekend with your musical friends during the summer? Music Mentors International is holding a concert band/jazz band workshop in COCHRANE  August 17-19, 2017 (Thursday evening to Saturday evening).

This event runs parallel with a workshop for music teachers/band directors August 13-19.

Music Mentors International provides the very best teachers and conductors who understand and appreciate why you choose to be in a community band. They know that you choose to participate for the sheer joy of playing. You value being part of a group of people who are not professional musicians, but love making music and sharing that love of music with others through your performances.

Registration $90
(Accommodations not included.)

For all the information and to register go to the MMI website

Westwinds Summer Music Program 2017

June 30, 2017  |  Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Public  |  No Comments

Westwinds Music Society is planning to run a summer program, consisting of one concert band, one jazz band, and one mixed-voice choir, none of which are restricted to Westwinds members.  They are taking registrations up until July 7, and the program goes from July 26 until the end of August.

For details (venue, dates/times, directors, fees, music level, etc) and to register see Westwinds Summer Program.

Please note that a few registrants have reported having problems with the PayPal payment on the web page.  If that happens please contact the office at 403-255-3485

Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra in Cochrane June 2

May 23, 2017  |  Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Public  |  No Comments

RMSO Cochrane PosterJoin the RMSO for a family-friendly, accessible concert of orchestral music, right in Cochrane!

Virtuoso Fireworks
Schubert “Great” Symphony

Saint Saens: Morceau de Concert (with Rosalee Morrison)
C.M. Weber: Bassoon Concerto (with Jonathan Gresl)

Friday, June 2nd, 7:30pm at the Ranchehouse.
Adults $25   Seniors $20   Students $15   <6 yrs $5

The Rocky Mountain Symphony hopes to satisfy a desire among Albertans for accessible programming of excellent live orchestral music, regardless of where they live. They believe that the vast repertoire of Western Art Music should be accessible to all, not only to those lucky enough to enjoy the thriving artistic and cultural scenes of urban centres.

The symphony  aims to challenge and change the misconception that Classical Music is elitist. Orchestral music is for everyone.

The RMSO performs under the direction of Carlos Foggin whose high-energy, passionate performances have received enthusiastic reviews from many publications including the Calgary Herald and Opera Canada magazine.

  •  Tickets purchased prior to May 28 will be entered in a draw to sit IN the orchestra, a unique opportunity to sit in a professional ensemble for a bit.
  • There is no dress code! Anything that makes you feel comfortable is fine. Most people will be wearing business clothes or slightly dressy casual clothes, but you’ll see everything from jeans ‘n T-shirts to cocktail dresses.
  • Plan to arrive 20 minutes before concert time, so you can find your seat, turn off your cell phone, take a look at your surroundings, absorb the atmosphere, and have time to glance through the program book. Most concerts start on time. If you’re late, you may end up listening from the lobby! If that happens, you’ll need to wait for a suitable pause in the program, so your arrival won’t disturb other patrons.
  • For answers to many other questions see the First Time Visit page of the website.

Reserve your seats now at

CMS Spring Concert Celebrates Canada 150

May 5, 2017  |  Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Public  |  No Comments

cms-spring-concert-2017-posterThe Cochrane Music  Society Spring Concert, Celebration of Music,  is set for Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30pm in the Bow Valley High School gymnasium.

The CMS members are excited to celebrate Canada 150 in a program packed with music by Canadian composers. From the show opening 2016 arrangement of O Canada by Allan Gilliland (Edmonton) to “Stompin” Tom Connors’ The Hockey Song (arranged by Larry Nickel – associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre) and Wildrose Jamboree by Robert Buckley (Vancouver), the ensembles will showcase just a portion of the incredible array of Canadian music  available to choirs and bands.

The Band on the Bow concert band is especially anticipating their premier performance of City on Stilts by their very own member,  composer Corey de Baat!

Bring your family and friends, and a donation to the Cochrane Food Bank, and join us at BVHS for a fun and entertaining program as Band on the Bow, Riverside Jazz and Choral Waves alternate performance selections. Mingle with the musicians  during intermission where refreshments will be provided.

Let’s celebrate Canada 150 and music together!

WCAMS Summer Music Camp 2017

March 16, 2017  |  Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Public  |  No Comments

WCAMS (West Coast Amateur Musicians Society) Summer Music Camp registration is open.  It is a fantastic camp held at Quest University (Squamish, BC).

Do you sing? Play an instrument? Play or sing Celtic? Guitar? Rock? SATB choir? Wind ensemble? Orchestra? Are you learning a new instrument? Are you at least six years old? They have it all!

Go here  to see the vast array of activities. You are only limited by what you can fit into the schedule. Then browse the website to see the faculty, etc. The actual day schedule will come out later and you don’t pre-register except for chamber groups. You just turn up at the first rehearsals. You can change your mind on Tuesday but after that you have to stay with your choice.

This page has a link to the brochure.

I highly recommend this camp. You need to register NOW because it fills up very quickly. Registration is online After you apply, they will process your application and then ask for a non-refundable deposit. The full fee is due later. All details on this page.

This is a fantastic family camp with children, junior youth, senior youth and adult programs.

Hope to see you there!

Cochrane Dollar Project

March 7, 2017  |  Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Public  |  No Comments

Message from Robert Kalinovich, Town of Cochrane

The Cochrane Dollar project is growing closer to launch on May 19, 2017 and the design of the bills is now underway.

Because of Canada’s 150th birthday this year, we’ve decided that it would be great to print one special collectable bill to commemorate this occasion.  For this collectable bill, we would be thrilled to have a work of local art to feature on the back.  We’re inviting local artists to submit a work that they would like to be considered for this.

The conditions are:
–          A work by a local artist.
–          The painting would preferably be of something recognisable as part of current or historical Cochrane, however, we are open to other scenes from the area as well.|
–          The artist will not receive financial compensation for the use of their work on the Cochrane Dollar commemorative bill.
–          The artist will retain ownership of the work.  We will only require a good photograph or scan of the painting.

The dimensions of the Cochrane Dollar will be the same as Canadian bills. It is possible to use a portion of the art work in order to have it fit within the dimensions available.

Please send a photo of the work you would like to be considered, by Thursday March 16th, to  The photo for submission doesn’t need to be professionally taken.  This can be arranged later for whichever work is chosen.

I apologise for the very short notice on this, however, the idea to produce a commemorative bill as part of the greater Cochrane Dollar project only recently came forward.

This Cochrane Dollar project is being put together by Cochrane Economic Development, the Cochrane Monetary Foundation and ATB Financial, Cochrane branch.

Robert Kalinovich
Economic Development Officer
Town of Cochrane