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Orchestra North Smithers

An unparalleled summer musical experience

Important information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed regular in-person Orchestra North Summer Program (Smithers location) activities to next year. There are opportunities for participants to connect with fabulous faculty and keen musicians online at Orchestra North UX.

 

The Orchestra North Academy will be hosting a professional development residency from August 2-14. Interested professional musicians can apply here soon. And stay tuned for some incredible live musical events happening during this time. - we can't wait to finally share music with you again!

We look forward to seeing you all in person in 2022!

Music meets the natural beauty of British Columbia

Musicians of all ages and abilities are invited to spend a week with us at Orchestra North Smithers. Participants will learn from world class teaching artists while engaging in workshops, chamber music, and orchestra. The festival also includes access to recitals presented by the Spirit of the North Music Festival. Artistic Director, Roxi Dykstra (pictured right) has produced the Orchestra North Smithers program for over 7 years, each year cultivating an unforgettable summer experience for all involved.

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Introducing the Orchestra North Academy Residency

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Set in the mountains in beautiful Smithers BC, the Orchestra North Academy (ONA) Residency welcomes a small select number of musicians from August 2-14 to Smithers to meet, rejuvenate and hone their craft. With a focus on peer-to-peer mentorship, residents are invited to participate in regular group masterclasses, exploration, workshops  and performance. The 2021 Residency will also welcome three British Columbian composers to share their work in a setting that encourages especially meaningful interactions between composer, composition and musicians. 2021 composers-in-residence include Kent Dykstra, Thomas Beckmann, and Nicholas Denton-Protsack. 


ONA Residents may participate in one of two streams which differ by their primary focus and intensity level. The Affinare stream (A) will involve a more intensive 2-week program involving daily musical activities including solo and chamber development, premiering new works in recordings, and live performances. The Belleza stream (B) serves more as an artistic retreat- its 2-week program that includes regularly scheduled activities mixed with optional activities and ample free time for practice, outdoor activities and artistic pursuits.

Past Program Offerings

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Highlights from our past festivals!