In Harmony & Stellae Boreales
Directed by faculty and supported by parent volunteers, In Harmony serves as ambassadors for the Suzuki School of Newton, which fosters a love of music and learning in its students. Formed in 2015, In Harmony’s mission is to give our students the opportunity to share our music and the Suzuki spirit in the public realm, make deep friendships and connections among students, parents and faculty, create a community within the Suzuki School of Newton, and grow in our experience as performers.
Past tour performances have taken place in Boston and Philadelphia and were highly successful in fulfilling our mission. In even-numbered years, our destinations are closer to home. On May 19 and 20, 2018 we will host the Stellae Boreales tour group from Ottawa Suzuki Strings.
Stellae Boreales is Ottawa Suzuki Strings’ premier violin performance ensemble. Stellae Boreales was founded in 2004 to provide a continuum of opportunities for the school’s most advanced and committed musicians. Musicianship development is core to the program. The school has an inclusive culture which seeks to create opportunities for all children and recognize and appreciate the contributions and achievements of its members. It is committed to serving the community through cultural activity, and to supporting its members’ development through an active program of individual and group performances.
This year Stealle Boreales is a group of 17 young, technically advanced, highly dedicated musicians with a passion for music that they enjoy sharing throughout the community by performing regularly. They are well supported by the Ottawa Suzuki Strings music school (a non-profit organization), expert coaches and involved parents. The musicians range in age from 11 to 18. Most have been studying the violin since the age of 4 or 5.
Members of the ensemble have had the honour of performing with Maestro Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) – Canada’s national orchestra. Many are prize winners of the Kiwanis Music Festival and Canadian Music Competition.
Stellae Boreales has toured widely and has a proud history of representing Canada abroad with performances in Victoria, BC (2006); China (2008, 2015); New York City (2010); Iceland (2011) and Washington (2012). The 2012-2013 season closed with a highly successful concert tour of Cuba. In 2014, Stellae Boreales had the honour of being invited to participate as featured performers at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minneapolis. In 2015,Stellae Boreales toured China, performing in some of China’s most prestigious performance halls including the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, participating in China’s International Music Festival – the Opening the Doors of the Arts festival. The 2015 tour of China built on the relationship developed in 2013 when a live, high-definition, broadband exchange of performances between Canadian and Chinese music students of the Stellae Boreales ensemble and students of the Central Conservatory Middle School in Beijing took place. In 2016, Stellae Boreales toured to Stratford, ON, in an exchange with the Stratford Strings. In March, 2017, Stellae Boreales toured Buenos Aires, Argentina, bringing a touch of Canada to South America in the significant 150th anniversary year of Canada. Concerts were performed at Villa Carova, one of the poorest and most vulnerable areas in Argentina, Northlands International Baccalaureate Schools, Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Issac Ferandez Blanco and Salon Dorado in the renowned and prestigious Teatro Colon. Stellae Boreales will be touring to Boston in May 2018.
The extraordinary hard work and accomplishments of these young Canadians, along with their outstanding expert coaches, make them ideal ambassadors of Canada, sharing their knowledge and passion for music.