Smithers, British Columbia
Thursday August 16-Saturday August 18, 2018

Over the past five years, hundreds of musicians have enjoyed varied and exciting programming at Orchestra North.  While this has been incredibly rewarding, it has also required limitless amounts of time and energy from a small but dedicated group of volunteers throughout the entire year.  In order to ensure the success of future Orchestra Norths, we have decided to take a step back from our regular programming in the summer of 2018.  

But don’t panic: we DO have opportunities for musicians of all levels to connect, network, and play and hear great music.

1) We will host an extended 2018 Orchestra North Academy, which offers development and networking opportunities for professional musicians. Click here  for more information

2) Invitations are open to all to participate in for our Mini-ONSP: a 2-day project that will invite instrumentalists to work with renowned conductor Rosemary Thompson, and perform Mendelssohn’s piano concerto no. 1 with soloist Andrea Pedro. More beginning players are warmly welcome to workshop with Kent Dykstra to prepare a premier of a piece arranged by him.

Mini-ONSP starts Thursday, August 16 at 6pm and finishes with a 7:30pm concert Saturday, August 18. 

We invite you to Smithers for two days of rehearsals and workshops. Come to reconnect with fellow northern musicians and join the Orchestra North Academy some excellent and enthusiastic music-making. What to expect?
-Focused symphony rehearsals preparing concert repertoire with professional leadership
-Beginning ensembles for strings and winds/brass under the direction of Kent Dykstra
-Opportunity to hear formal and informal concerts and events during the Spirit of the North Classical Music Festival (festival pass included with registration fee: $50 value).
-Networking opportunities for musicians in the north through activities and collaboration
-Practice space for any groups who wish to rehearse chamber music
-Opportunity to visit our strings luthier
-Smithers-style family folk dance
-Experience the gorgeous mountain setting of Smithers BC!


Thursday, August 16: Arrival in time for evening rehearsal

Friday August 17: 2 rehearsals (morning and evening) and optional afternoon workshop

Saturday August 18: dress rehearsal and 7:30pm concert.

About the Workshops 

-Symphony orchestra music will be provided in advance if desired
-Private lessons may be available from faculty and Academy if desired- indicate preferences in registration form

Registration for our 2 day Mini-ONSP will open late February. Early-bird registration is $75, includes full festival pass (valued at $50) and snacks. Family rates and bursaries may be available at request- contact us at

How you can help Orchestra North

We are looking for a paid coordinator, or a volunteer coordination team, to help streamline and manage our volunteer activities- if either of these sound interesting to you, please get in touch with us at

Orchestra North strives to be accessible to all musicians.  For financial aid, scholarships and bursaries, please email

Information for participants can be found Here

Questions?  Check out our FAQ page Here

Orchestra North Smithers is presented by the Bulkley Valley Classical Strings Society, and is generously supported by: