Violinist Anne McDougall

Violinist Anne McDougall

Profiles in a community

The first in a series on people involved with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and choir

The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra Society will be featuring their musicians and choir singers throughout the year.

 

There are some persons in our community that are not only very hardworking but highly talented as well.

Anne McDougall, a violinist with years of professional experience with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, found her way to Sooke three years ago. She has since been teaching violin as well as becoming involved with the Strings programme at Journey Middle School. Anne quickly connected with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and now performs as the principal violinist.

It was over a ten year period that Anne studied at the University of Alberta, receiving her Masters degree in music all the while she was raising her two children. She was both a student and admirer of the master violinist Norman Nelson during that time. As Norman and his wife Jean subsequently relocated to Sooke to lead as conductor of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, she felt with his invitation, she should consider the option as well.

Anne concedes she is working at full capacity sharing with her students her love of music and the discipline and commitment it requires. She recognizes that music is the perfect venue for children to learn life skills while they enjoy performing and learning the art of making music.