Celebrating Outstanding Choral and String Music

The Mountain Spring Festival takes place every spring in beautiful Banff & Calgary, Alberta. The Festival is a celebration of outstanding choral and string music with cultural exchanges, workshops and joint performances in some of western Canada’s best venues.

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    Mira Costa High School Chamber Orchestra 2018

    Manhattan Beach, California USA

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    Worshop at the Banff Centre

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    Iolani Orchestra from Hawaii at Knox Church

    Downtown Calgary

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    International String Gala at the Bela

    The Taylor Centre, Calgary Alberta Canada

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    Top of Sulpher Mountain, Banff

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    Fun in the Snow

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    'Iolani High School String Orchestra 2019

    Honolulu HI, USA

2019 Festival Events

This year’s invited guests were the internationally recognized, ‘Iolani School Orchestra from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.  They performed at the Knox United Church in Calgary and at the International String Gala at the Bella Concert Hall where some of Calgary’s finest string programs and ensembles joined them for an unforgettable evening

March 19th, 2019 Performance

Knox Church Calgary

March 20th, 2019 Performance

The Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts


Calgary Suzuki Strings Association

The Calgary Suzuki Strings Association is an organization formed to promote string teaching, training and education of teachers, parents, students and the community.  The organization is made up of independent Suzuki-method trained teachers, students and families.  CSSA encourages the highest standards of excellence in teaching and playing.  We strive to facilitate communication between teachers, students and to foster good relations and exchange of information in the string community and the general public. CSSA sponsors several events throughout the academic year to enhance student learning and performance: Heritage Park Play-in, Winter Workshop with various local clinicians teaching enrichment classes, and Non-Competitive String Festival with guest adjudicators from US & Canada including an Ensemble Workshop. In addition, the CSSA has sponsored a Suzuki String Institute and teacher training events such as Music Mind Games by Michiko Yurko.

Board: Mandy Loban-Jordan, Steve Komar, Katrina Lybbert, Cindy Lau, Andrea Hudson, Damian Jordan

Amici String Program

The Amici String Program was founded in 2007 by Fiona Carnie and Theresa Plotnick. Their goal was to provide a setting for young string players to grow in a positive and nurturing environment, providing opportunities for students to excel, both musically and personally. High standards of playing are expected and all students have access to fine teaching from local, national and international artists.  Amici also runs two popular summer programs:  Amici String Camp for younger players and Calgary Stringfest – an intensive chamber music camp for advanced players. Details are available on their website.

Fiona Carnie, Artistic Director

Lakeview Chamber Players

Lakeview Chamber Players is a small chamber ensemble formed to give Suzuki students (who learn core repertoire by ear and perform from memory) an opportunity to develop and practice their music reading and orchestral skills. In keeping with the Suzuki concept of encouraging all ages and levels of students to play together and learn from one another, we are an intergenerational, multi-age and multi-level ensemble, with members ranging in age from 7-80 and in playing level from beginner through intermediate. We are open to string students, parents, grandparents, and friends of all ages.

Suzuki Talent Education Society, Calgary

Founded as a non-for-profit organization in 1972, Suzuki Talent Education Society, Calgary is more than a music school. We work together in unison with the student, parent and teacher to enhance lives and develop compassionate listeners. Our roots are firmly planted in the Suzuki method of education, offering an alternative learning approach. Students train from a very early age by learning how to listen carefully and then learning to play. This powerful learning through listening approach impacts all areas of our lives. Our non-competitive positive environment fosters communication through the medium of music. Listening and nurturing unconsciously expands into other areas of life, creating citizens that are thoughtful, kind, inclusive and supportive. What we do is provide a framework so we can give our children the lifelong gift of music.”

Wan Tsai Chen, Artistic Director

The Mount Royal University Conservatory Sinfonia

The Conservatory Sinfonia is for advanced string and wind players ages 12 to 18.  This orchestra performs music from professional repertoire, and a high degree of commitment is expected. In addition to weekly rehearsals players participate in an annual workshop with a guest conductor, the Conservatory’s annual Winter Fantasia concert, and other performance opportunities as they may arise during the term.  As the former Conservatory Strings, they produced two CDs, and have been recorded by the CBC.

Chris Sandvoss, Artistic Director/Conductor

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