Harmony Project Sooke students Sonya Cook and Dakota McQueen play a tune at a recent rehearsal.

Harmony Project plans spring concerts

Unique band program introduces music to Sooke area youth

Young musicians from Harmony Project Sooke are bringing their music to several events this spring.

Harmony Project Sooke is a non-profit society that provides free musical instruments and instruction to young people in Sooke.

Modeled on the award-winning Harmony Project in Los Angeles, the project in Sooke was founded by maestro Norman Nelson of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra.

The project has two classes:

Beginning Strings Class has 13 Grade 2 to 3 students under the instruction of Anne McDougall, concertmaster of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra.

Drumline Class has 11 Grade 6 to 8 students under the instruction of Jack Edwards, a teacher with the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the Sooke School District.

The young musicians only began classes in February but have made good progress.

The group’s  first public appearances took place in May, at the SEAPARC Family Arts Fair and at the Millstream Festival of Tastes.

Harmony Project Sook students also performed at Journey Middle School’s Year-End Showcase for strings and dance last night.

This Friday (June 17) students perform at the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Sooke Community Hall, beginning 7:30 p.m. and on June 20 at  Journey Middle School Showcase for Concert Bands.

For more information, please go online to sookeharmonyproject.ca.