Junior String Orchestra 2021

CYMC 2021 Classical Program is now over!

Thank you to all who participated.

See you in 2022

Formerly “Cascadia Quartet”, formed in 2015, Cascadia Strings is an initiative to bring diverse chamber music repertoire to audiences, fusing together iconic original works with well-crafted arrangements of popular music of the last century, all in the vision to bring live, meaningful musical experiences to new venues and music-lovers on Vancouver Island and beyond. The musicians that make up this sextet are a collective of professional freelance musicians, who have studied at prestigious conservatories and schools, and perform regularly with groups such as Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Baroque Players, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and more. 

Four of the members of Cascadia Strings, Tyson, Kathryn, Jessica, and Erin, are much looking forward to stepping into the role as faculty quartet for CYMC 2021. Offering a diverse selection of skills and backgrounds, students will gain the skills necessary to maintain a lifelong relationship with music.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Register now.

This is for string students ages 6-12, or up to level 5 RCM

The Junior Orchestra program will be an introductory ensemble, for string students ages 6-12, or up to level 5 RCM. This will provide opportunities for students to develop fundamental ensemble skills, sight-reading skills, basic orchestral etiquette, musicianship, and learn new string ensemble repertoire. For admittance to this program, students are asked to send an audition video of one scale and one solo piece of their choice. Students will be sent ensemble repertoire ahead of time to prepare for the program.

*Applicants will be asked to provide at least one video recording of a piece of their choice.

CYMC was a wonderful experience, and very influential in my decision to pursue music as a career. The combination of orchestra, chamber music and solo lessons was crucial for the development of young, serious musicians. Many of the friends I made there I still keep in touch with on a regular basis and usually get the opportunity to collaborate with them in future projects. The summers I spent at CYMC were some of the most memorable and wonderful moments of my life.

– Jeremy Potts

Jennifer Hodge is a versatile bass player based in Vancouver, who currently finds herself back in the Valley where she was raised. Jen started playing bass at age 11, and she was soon playing with any ensemble that would let her join – concert bands, jazz bands, choir accompaniment, pit orchestras, and garage bands. She attended CYMC jazz camp in 2001, and then both jazz and classical in 2002, studying bass with Jodi Proznick and David Brown. Big Band leader Hugh Fraser gave her advice that has had a major influence on her musical career – he told her to give it 110%, not to have something else to fall back on. This advice has served her well, leading her to an esteemed career as a musician.

– Jen Hodge

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