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.

Just Posted

Sooke’s ‘Stonehenge’ gets a rocky reception

Structure intended to accommodate memorial plaques

Sooke district under fire for zoning debacle

Saseenos Veterinary Clinic may have to pay twice for rezoning

Colwood square dancing open house to welcome in new dancers

“It’s therapy,” said long-time square dancer Linda Townsend

Green candidate expects a tight race in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke

David Merner says Green Party would act as “strong moral conscience” in a minority Parliament

Tour Government House and other homes, enjoy art along the way

The Art Gallery’s 66th annual House Tour features artists at work, artistic floral displays

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

B.C. police watchdog to investigate man’s head injury during RCMP arrest

Suspect fled on a bicycle and fell off when an officer attempted to stop him

Nanaimo company gets licence to test psychedelic drugs for therapy treatment

Salvation Botanicals interested in manufacturing, testing and research and development

Most Read