Introductory String Ensemble Welcomes New Members


The International Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with St. Cecilia’s Conservatory of Music welcomes young (or not so young) string players throughout the county to participate in its String Ensemble. Violinists, violists, cellists and bassists are invited. Rehearsals take place October to May on Wednesdays starting at 6:30 p.m., in the Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre, 180 North College Avenue, Sarnia. A modest tuition fee applies; however,  scholarship assistance is available, if required.

Participation in an ensemble nurtures performance skills, intonation, listening, reading, rhythm, team spirit and much more. It also provides a fun, friendly environment for young musicians to interact with their peers.

The Ensemble is under the direction of the St. Cecilia Conservatory of Music Director and International Symphony Orchestra violist, Stephen Collins. An accomplished violinist/violist, Collins has performed with numerous professional orchestras throughout Canada for the past 20 years. He has a solid background in teaching and is also qualified in the repair, restoration and building of stringed instruments, having spent four summers at the Banff Centre, studying with world-renowned luthiers. Collins holds a Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Victoria, B.C.