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Intact Insurance Elementary School Programs

Intact Insurance Intermediate and High School Programs

TD Canada Trust Maestro Visits and Band, Orchestra, and Chorus Workshops

About WSO Education Events 

 

 

 

 

Intact Insurance Elementary School Programs 

 

Arts education for our students is a vital part of creating better citizens. The WSO is committed to the Windsor/Essex community and its students, bringing live orchestral music into schools and bringing students into the beautiful Capitol Theatre. With the generous support of our sponsors and using the Ontario Curriculum, we have created educational programs to touch the lives of those eager to learn more and those who not yet have had an opportunity to experience the power and energy of live orchestral music.

 

Concerts for Grades JK - 3: The Orchestra by the Numbers, L'orchestre en chiffres

 

The WSO's 19-piece chamber orchestra is ready to travel to you!  Led by WSO Associate Conductor Peter Wiebe and available in both official languages, 19 string, brass, and woodwind players will come to your school and perform two 45-minute concerts in your gymnasium, cafetorium, or library.  No permission slips, no bus required!  Your students will explore The Orchestra by the Numbers, using the orchestra as a math manipulative to explore fractions, measurement, and geometry.  

 

Audience: These concerts are developed specifically for students in Grades JK-3.  

 

Equipment: Each school will be required to provide 19 armless, straight-backed chairs (i.e., folding chairs) - this keeps our cost to schools as low as possible!  The WSO will bring music stands.  A WSO representative will arrive on-site 1.5 hours before your concert start time in order to set up the space.  

 

Language: Nos concerts sont disponsibles en anglais ou en français

 

Cost: The cost per school is $650 including HST.  We are happy to work with you to find a price that works with your budget!  

 

Schedule: Start times are flexible, though we cannot begin before 9:30am.  Both concerts must be completed within two hours and a break of 20 minutes minimum must be scheduled between the two concerts.  (For example: Concert 1 - 9:30am-10:15am; Break - 10:15am-10:45am; Concert 2 - 10:45am-11:30am)

 

To book: These 20 concerts are all sold-out! Email WSO Education & Outreach Manager Faith (education@windsorsymphony.com) to place your name on a wait-list in case a performance date opens up or to avoid disappointment in 2017-2018!  

 

 

 


 

 

Concerts for Grades 4 - 6: Canada at 150, Canada 150

 

Canada turns 150 years old in 2017! Join Music Director Robert Franz and the WSO as we explore how Canada's diverse cultures have created music over the past 150 years at Windsor's heritage Capitol Theatre.  From North America's first opera (Colas et Colinette) to the music of Claude Champagne depicting village life in Québec (Danse Villageoise) to the music of Malcolm Forsyth (Atayoskewin) depicting life in Northern Alberta, Canada's musical history is rich and varied.  

 

Audience: These concerts are developed specifically for students in Grades 4-6  

 

Location: Windsor's heritage Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave, Windsor, ON N9A 5P4

 

Cost: The cost per student is $6.50 including HST ($3.50 including HST for compensatory schools).  We are happy to work with you to find a price that works with your budget!  One free chaperone ticket is included for every 8 student tickets purchased.  For groups of 10 or fewer seats, cost is $5 including HST per person (adults and students).  

 

Language: Nos concerts sont disponsibles en anglais ou en français

 

Schedule: The list of available dates is below.  Please plan on arriving at the Capitol Theatre a minimum of 15 minutes before your concert begins.  

 

To book: Email WSO Education & Outreach Manager Faith (education@windsorsymphony.com) with your preferred date and number of student seats required!

 

Teacher Resource Guides for these concerts are available in both official languages.  You will be sent a copy of the guides in your preferred language via Dropbox link at time of booking.  

 

Date Time Language
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 sold out! 10:00am English
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 only 14 seats left!  11:15am English
Thursday, April 6, 2017  10:00am English
Thursday, April 6, 2017 limited seats remaining! 11:15am English
vendredi, 7 avril, 2017 tous vendu!  10 h  français
vendredi, 7 avril, 2017  11 h 15 français

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intact Insurance Intermediate and High School Programs

 

Concerts for Grades 7 - 12: WSO Wind & Brass Ensemble

 

This concert shines a spotlight on the orchestra's loudest (brass) and most colourful (woodwind) sections!  Join Maestro Robert Franz as we explore how these instruments work, both together and in ensemble, as we perform music by Dukas, Tomasi, and Rossini, among others. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask the musicians questions - this concert is perfect for students in school bands and orchestras!

 

Audience: These concerts are developed specifically for students in Grades 7-12

 

Location: Windsor's heritage Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave, Windsor, ON N9A 5P4

 

Cost: The cost per student is $6.50 including HST ($3.50 including HST for compensatory schools).  We are happy to work with you to find a price that works with your budget!  One free chaperone ticket is included for every 8 student tickets purchased.  For groups of 10 or fewer seats, cost is $5 including HST per person (adults and students).  

 

Schedule: The list of available dates is below.  Please plan on arriving at the Capitol Theatre a minimum of 15 minutes before your concert begins.  

 

To book: Email WSO Education & Outreach Manager Faith (education@windsorsymphony.com) with your preferred date and number of student seats required!

 

Date Time
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:00am
Thursday, May 4, 2017 10:00am

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

TD Canada Trust Maestro Visits and School Band/Orchestra/Choir Workshops

 

 

Maestro Visits

An exciting opportunity for bands, orchestras, and choirs to work with Maestro Robert Franz or Assistant Conductor Peter Wiebe. Robert or Peter will visit your school to work with your ensemble on music they are preparing for an upcoming performance as well as to talk to your students about being professional . These events are free, though a $50 cancellation fee will be applied if the visit is cancelled less than 1 week from the agreed upon date. Aussi disponible en français!

 

Schedule: Dates are to be determined between the school and the WSO and run throughout the school year.  We are happy to come to your school during your regularly scheduled band, orchestra, or chorus rehearsal!  Please be in touch with Faith (education@windsorsymphony.com) and provide your preferred day of the week and time for your Maestro Visit.  

 

Every student who participates in a Maestro Visit is given one free ticket to the WSO Masterworks or Intimate Classics concert of their choice!

 

 

Side by Side High School Workshops

Two high school bands will be invited to stay after each Wind & Brass Ensemble concert for a workshop with Maestro Franz and the musicians of the WSO.  Space for 2016-2017 is very limited - please contact Faith (education@windsorsymphony.com) as soon as possible if interested. The Workshop is a flat of $250 including HST per ensemble. 

 

Location: Windsor's Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave W, Windsor, N9A 5P4

 

Cost: $250 including HST per ensemble.  Participating bands are required to attend the Woodwind & Brass Ensemble performance immediately preceding their onstage workshop ($3.50-$6.50 including HST per student)

 

Schedule

 

9:40am: Arrival at the Capitol Theatre.  Student instruments and belongings are deposited in the secure Joy room at the Capitol before the students proceed to their assigned seats.  

 

10:00am-10:45am: Wind & Brass Ensemble Concert

 

10:45am-11:05am: Stage change.  Students return to the Joy to retrieve their instruments and return to join the WSO onstage for their workshop.  

 

11:05am-12:30pm: Side by side workshop with the WSO

 

12:30pm: Dismissal

 

Music: We will be working on music your students are preparing for an upcoming concert.  Please bring copies of all parts for the WSO to use! All music will be collected and returned to you prior to departing on your bus. 

 

 


 

About WSO Education Events

All WSO Education initiatives are made possible by the support of our sponsors, Intact Insurance and TD Canada Trust.  The cost of delivering our programs are substantial and funding from outside sources only covers a portion of our costs.  All fees charged to schools go directly to defraying WSO Education costs.   

 

Each year the Windsor Symphony Orchestra creates three different education concerts using the Ontario Curriculum in both official languages as well as other events for students, such as our Maestro Visits and Side by Side Workshops. What you need to know about WSO Education events:

 

  • Each event is designed to help teach the Ontario music curriculum with cross-curricular connections to other subjects
     

  • We want to make sure that your school group is able to participate in any of our education events during the school year.  Please talk to us about your budget needs! 
     

  • The number of musicians onstage ranges from 1 (our Music Director at Maestro Visits) to 50+ (full orchestra concerts for Grades 4-6), enabling students to hear the excitement of musicians performing together en masse as well as more focussed listening for smaller ensembles
     

  • All of our events emphasize audience etiquette as well as active listening skills
     

  • Three different concert programs are presented each season: one designed for Grades K-3, one for Grades 4-6, and one for Grades 7-12. Programming rotates, so no student will hear the same concert twice.
     

  • The concerts for Grades 4-12 are field trips so permission forms and busses are required. We come to you for Grades JK-3!
     

  • Free resource guides for Grades 4-6 provides teachers with lesson plans, in-depth materials, online resources and curriculum ideas and connections in both official languages. 
     

  • We view ourselves as a community resource!  Feel free to be in touch anytime with questions, concerns, or feedback about any of our programs, as well as for ideas on integrating music into your classroom.  Email or call, 519-973-1238 x 18

 

Some rave reviews from schools who have attended our Education Concert Series:

  • "Fantastique! Merci d'avoir présenté en français. C'est bien que les élèves puissent voir un spectacle en français dans leur communauté."

  • "The musical education would benefit the students twice a year, even three!! Awesome! Thanks a million."

  • "[The resource guides] were extremely helpful to teach the curriculum as well as prepare students for the concert."

 

 

Left: WSO Music Director Robert Franz and Walkerville band student Wesley, a.k.a. Super Tonic, after a Maestro Visit!

 

Right: After a brass quintet performance, a young student compares their height to that of a tuba

 

Below Left: Grade 8 band students at Holy Cross Elementary work with Maestro Franz

 

Below right: Students in Grades JK-3 at Glenwood Elementary work with WSO Associate Conductor Peter Wiebe and the 19-piece WSO Chamber Orchestra