Island Ukuleles "A" is our senior performing ensemble within the Island Ukuleles organization. Students in grades 7-12 who have attained a high level of musical excellence and proficiency on their ukuleles are eligible to audition for this ensemble. Students in this ensemble are eligible to receive high school graduation credits.
Under the direction of Mrs. Tina Horwood, Island Ukuleles "A" is well known for its instrumental and vocal excellence. The ensemble performs a wide range of music which is sure to appeal to most audiences. The "A" ensemble performs numerous local concerts throughout the year. The group also tours Canada and internationally and have become well known in Seattle and Hawaii.
The "A" ensemble has recently completed major tours to San Francisco in 2011, Panama in 2012, and Hawaii in 2015.
Formerly "A-2" and "A-3", the "B" program offers instruction to students in grades 4 through 7. The primary focus of this ensemble is to promote enjoyment and musical learning through fun and skills programs. Many of the skills acquired through the program can be transferred to any instrument later on. No audition is necessary.
The "B" program is divided into three groups: "B Gold Ensemble", "B Silver Crew" and "B Bronze Players". Each student will be working towards earning a bronze pin, silver pin, and gold pin through the completion of various skills.
The "B" program also encourages students to develop personally and socially as they become members of a performance ensemble. The students perform several concerts a year and also take part in a teambuilding event in the spring. Previous team building events have included overnight trips to the Space Centre in Vancouver, Strathcona Park outside of Campbell River, Camp Thunderbird, train trips, Ukefest in Campbell River, and other small day trips.
Imagine a program designed specifically for primary-aged students! "Little Ukers" offers children ages 5 through 8 the opportunity to try the ukulele in a fun and energetic setting. Students in this class are introduced to basic ukulele skills, music reading, and singing with an emphasis on fun!
Under the leadership of "Island Ukuleles" graduates and certified teachers, the students work in both a large performance group and small work groups. "Little Ukers" is offered in two nine-week terms from October through December and January through March. To help maintain a very small teacher:student ratio and maximizes the potential for individual success, the class is limited to 20 kindergarten/grade 1 students and 16 grade 2/3 students.