Symphony Nova Scotia performs at local schools across Halifax this fall

School Concerts

The full orchestra performed for 400 students at Enfield District Elementary School on September 28, 2016. The full fall schedule will reach over 2,500 students in Nova Scotia.

Halifax, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia’s popular in-school concert program returns this fall to schools in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, Enfield, Middle Sackville, and Cole Harbour.

Conducted by Nova Scotia-based composer, arranger, and music clinician Gary Ewer, these engaging concerts introduce young audiences to musical instruments, classical music, and the orchestra in an upbeat, interactive way.

Each in-school concert provides students with a unique educational experience. This year’s 50-minute program, “Fast! Faster! Fastest!”, gives students a fun look at some of classical’s fastest music, teaching concepts like musical energy, momentum, tempo, volume, and instrumentation.

Gary Ewer’s extensive conducting background, witty approach, and broad experience in music education make these concerts exceptional and fun learning experiences for all ages.

The concerts feature a musical program of all dances:

  • Modest Mussorgsky: “Hopak” from Sorochinksy Fair
  • Johann Strauss II: Tritsch Tratsch Polka
  • Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance no. 5
  • Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dance, op. 46, no. 8
  • Aram Khachaturian: Sabre Dance
  • Dmitri Kabelevsky: The Comedians, op. 26, “Galop”

The program also showcases individual members of Symphony Nova Scotia’s orchestra, who talk about and demonstrate their instruments and how they work.

“Our audiences of the future are as critical as the musicians who will grow into the symphony players of tomorrow,” says Symphony Nova Scotia Music Director Bernhard Gueller.

“Reaching out to these young people, showing them how uplifting good music is, is one of Symphony Nova Scotia’s most worthwhile tasks. It’s more than our responsibility – it’s our joy.”

Schools include Enfield District (with students from Rawdon District) and Elmsdale District Schools, École du Sommet in Bedford, Sackville Heights Junior High in Middle Sackville, George Bissett Elementary School in Cole Harbour, Bel Ayr School in Dartmouth, and École Burton Ettinger School in Halifax.

The complete fall schedule includes:

  • September 28, 2016, 9:30 am – Enfield District School, Enfield
  • September 28, 2016, 1 pm – Elmsdale District School, Enfield
  • October 5, 2016, 9:30 am – École du Sommet, Bedford
  • October 5, 2016, 1:30 pm – Sackville Heights Junior High, Middle Sackville
  • October 18, 2016, 10:30 am – George Bissett Elementary School, Cole Harbour
  • October 19, 2016, 9:30 am – Bel Ayr School, Dartmouth
  • October 19, 2016, 1:30 pm – École Burton Ettinger School, Halifax

In-school concerts are just part of Symphony Nova Scotia’s comprehensive music education initiatives, along with open rehearsals, school matinees, the Classical Munchkins program, our free Family Series, and the Library Series. These programs allow the orchestra to share the love of musical learning with over 15,000 young audience members each year.

For more information about Symphony Nova Scotia’s education and outreach programs, please visit our website at

About Symphony Nova Scotia

Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love – from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is one of the most broadcast orchestras in the country, with over 20 commercial releases and multiple East Coast Music Awards. Visit to learn more, listen online, or get tickets today!


For more information, please contact:
Heidi MacPhee
Director of Communications and Marketing, Symphony Nova Scotia