What happens behind the scenes to make a group like the WWS a success in the community?

How does involvement in music create connections in the community?

How can I get involved in music-making in my community?

Besides great music-making, what does it take to be successful? A meeting of the Wellington Wind Symphony board. The work they do behind the scenes contributes to the success of the group.

The Nuts and Bolts: Board members discuss band administration.

Deep roots and community connections: Members discuss the strong connections between the Stratford Festival and the Wellington Wind Symphony, and the influence that Louis Applebaum has made on Canadian music. (Watch the WWS performances of Applebaum’s Suite of Miniature Dances and Cable’s Stratford Suite.)

Chamber Music: Winds’ music director emeritus Michael Purves-Smithtalks with Jan Narveson of the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society about the long association between the Winds and the KWCMS.

 Questions to Drive Further Inquiry

  • How rich is the music community where you live, and how does this affect the quality of life?
  • What is the economic and social impact of the arts?
  • What kind of supports to musical groups need to be successful?
  • What resources and talents (besides music) are needed to help a musical group be successful?

Resources about Music in the Community

The Music Times: Classical Music in Waterloo-Wellington. Includes comprehensive list of links to music groups in the region

Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society: Presenting a rich season of chamber music.

Stratford Festival: Canada’s premier regional theatre company.

Grand Social: Highlighting creative projects and performances in Kitchener-Waterloo and beyond.

Community Music: A graduate program at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Music

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