Valley Winds Spring Choir Workshop

Choral Waves members! 

Remember the great time you had at the Jumpstart Workshop with the Canmore folks who joined you? They are holding a choral workshop in Canmore and you are invited!

Valley Winds Music Association Spring Choir Workshop 

Date/Time:         Friday March 12 from 7:30 to 9:30pm

                           Saturday March 13 from 9am to 4pm

Location:            Lawrence Grassie School, Canmore

Guest Director:   Malcolm V. Edwards

Cost: $35

Refreshments and lunch provided

Here are the registration form and the map to Lawrence Grassie School

They have extended the registration deadline to March 2.

CMS Launches New Website

Welcome to the new Cochrane Music Society website!

Celebration balloonsThis is the new home of CMS information – where everyone can learn about our great community music program and concerts, obtain our registration information and contact us.

Communication for members is much improved as they can read the latest news and check the calendar for rehearsals and events.

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And there is more to come… Soon the photo gallery will start to fill and we will continue to add a few more pages and additional content. We’ll also be doing some more tweaking and making visual improvements.

So “leaf” through the pages, try out the links to our community band and choir friends, click on items in the calendar for details and Choose Your News to read posts related specifically to your ensemble. You can even reply to individual news items like this one. (use Leave a Reply at the bottom of this post).

Be sure to let us know if you have pictures of past CMS events, news of other community arts events or other links to add. We will put them on.

West Valley Winds Concert Band Workshop Canmore February 26, 27

Come and enjoy this fun and challenging weekend workshop!

Don’t miss out. Register Now. It’s almost full!

This is the fifth annual West Valley Winds Workshop, hosted by the Valley Winds Music Association (Canmore) and Westwinds Music Society (Calgary). Geared to Grade 3.5-4.5 players, the entire workshop (Friday evening and all day Saturday) will be held in full ensemble under the direction of our guest conductor, Clinton Marshall.

West Valley Winds Workshop Concert 2010

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Previous guest conductors for the workshop have been Dr. Mark Hopkins (University of Calgary), Dr. Dale J. Lonis (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), Dr. Gillian Mackay (University of Toronto) and Mr. Patrick Winters (Eastern Washington University).

After the Friday evening sight reading session, everyone is invited to the Communitea Café for a closed party featuring our own jazz jam. Our rhythm section will lay down the beat and all are welcome to join in or simply listen and socialize with friends.

Hotel accommodations are available at a special rate for the workshop. Simply indicate on the registration form that hotel accommodations are needed and you will be emailed the phone number and reservation code.

On Saturday at 5pm, the workshop will close with an informal concert offered to the community. If you can’t attend the full workshop, drop in to the free concert to join in the fun and hear some great music!

No rehearsals week of Feb 15

Just a reminder to all ensembles that there are no official rehearsals the week of February 15. This would be a great week to get in some extra practicing on your own, or to set up an informal rehearsal with the other members of your section!

Rehearsals kick off for the winter session

Just a reminder that rehearsals resume this week. The Choral Waves return Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 7 pm,  Band on the Bow and Riverside Jazz return Wednesday, Jan. 6 starting at 7 pm, and the Undercurrents start up again Thursday, Jan. 7, also at 7 pm.

If current members know of folks who’d like to join us for the winter/spring season, be sure to have them get in touch at