Smithers, British Columbia
August 6th-11th 2017

Orchestra North is thrilled to return to Smithers in 2017 for a season of collaboration and concerts with amateur and professional musicians from across Canada.

Held beautiful downtown Smithers, Orchestra North offers instruction in chamber and orchestral music for beginner to advanced string instrument players.  Our woodwind program is returning as an opportunity for advanced players to experience the excitement and challenges of working with a full orchestra, and in mixed instrument ensembles.

For more information on our professional faculty, Click Here!.

2017 brochures are now available online and throughout Northern British Columbia

Strings Program (August 6-11): Violin, viola, cello, bass. Ages 8 to adult, with ensembles for all levels including beginners.Perform and study with renowned faculty for a week of symphony orchestra, chamber music, workshops, and concerts.

Winds/Brass/Percussion Program (August 6-11): All instruments; a variety of performance opportunities including full orchestra. Ages 12 to adult, some experience required.

Composer Mentorship: All levels; A collaboration between Orchestra North, the Turning Point Ensemble and our 2017 composer in residence Rodney Sharman. Select compositions to be performed by Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble.

Orchestra North Academy (August 5-18): An intensive program for university-level musicians to gain experience as performers and instructors.

General Festival Information:

Orchestra North will be held from Sunday August 6 to Friday August 11, 2017, with the exciting “Spirit of the North” festival of concerts August 10-12 in beautiful Smithers, BC. Program and event times and locations are subject to change.

Sunday August 6th: Registration Day at NWCC
4:00-6:30pm Registration, auditions
5:30-6:45pm Free BBQ
7:00pm Faculty introductions and mini-concert 

Monday – Thursday:
Regular Programs: 9:30am-3:45pm
Orchestra North Symphony Orchestra: 6:00-8:00pm


Festival Schedules:

Orchestra 1&2 Schedule 
Orchestra 3&4, Winds, Brass, and Percussion Schedule
Compositions Program Schedule 

Guidelines for Orchestra Placements

Click here to find out about the many different large ensembles at Orchestra North this summer

Orchestra Sheet Music

Click here to download sheet music for evening symphony rehearsals 

Concerts and Events:

(For more information visit our events calendar)

Sunday August 6th:
7:00pm Faculty introductions and mini-concert 

Thursday August 10th:
12:30-1:30 Classics on Main
6:00pm Soloist Concert
7:00pm Turning Point Ensemble Concert

Friday August 11th:
12:30pm Chamber Orchestra Concert
6:00pm Orchestra North Chamber Showcase
7:00pm Orchestra North Symphonic Finale

2017 Fees: Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, and Composition:

Registration after May 1st: $299.00
Family discounts:
2 family members: $525.00
3 family members: $650.00

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: