The Harmony Project Sooke drumline performs at the Youth Arts Fair last June. HPS is now taking registration for its fall session. (Sheila Whincup)

Harmony Project Sooke begins fall classes

Two classes in drumline and three classes in strings offered

Harmony Project Sooke begins its fall term this month.

Two classes in drumline (marching band-style drumming), and three classes in strings (violin, viola, cello) are offered.

Modeled after the Harmony Project in Los Angeles, Harmony Project Sooke is a non-profit society that provides musical instruments and instruction to children and youth in the Sooke area.

Classes take place outside of school time and meet at Journey Middle School.

Students not only learn in classes but they also perform in ensembles and orchestras throughout the year both in school concerts and at other community events.

RELATED: Sooke Harmony Project enriches children’s lives

HPS is keen to invite students in grades six and up to join the drumline. The class meets on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

“We’re really pleased to meet twice a week because it will allow for continuity and repetition which are essential. We hope to have enough drummers to qualify for new opportunities such as performing at sporting events like the Victoria Shamrocks lacrosse games,” Chris Rivollier, a teacher, said

Joining the drumline teaching team is Alex Mold who hails from the United Kingdom, where he toured in rock and jazz groups.

HPS Strings classes, meanwhile, have expanded to three levels, for students in grades two and up. Students receive an instrument to use as their own in class and to take home for practice. They are enrolled in classes appropriate to their progress.

This year, founding lead teacher Anne McDougall will serve as teacher advisor.

RELATED: Harmony Project Sooke receives $20,000 grant

The lead strings teacher position will be taken up by Maria Wang, who holds a master’s of music degree in cello performance from University of Victoria and is principal cellist with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra. She has taught with HPS for the past two years as well as with other music programs in the Greater Victoria area.

“Many special opportunities are planned for the year, including concerts and competitions both locally and further afield,”

Lorna Bjorklund, executive director said.

For more info and to register, please contact Lorna at or telephone 250-642-6681.

– Submitted by Sheila Whincup

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