–article and photo submitted by Sheila Whincup
Harmony Project Sooke (HPS) invites all supporters of music education to come enjoy a “beer and burger” to help raise funds for music programs for children and youth in the Sooke area. The Beer and Burger fundraiser will take place at the Sooke Legion on Saturday November 25 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
HPS was founded by Maestro Norman Nelson of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, and is now in its second year of running both a Strings Class (violin, viola, cello) and a Drumline Class (marching band style drumming).
The Strings Class recently performed at the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra concert to an appreciative audience. Pamela Highbaugh-Aloni, who is cellist with the Lafayette String Quartet and a professor at UVic, observed that the kids were set up well physically (referring to the left-hand position, bow hold, and basic playing skills), which is of vital importance for beginners. She also noted that they have the benefit of good quality instruments.
“It has always been the policy of the project to provide students with good instruments so they can enjoy playing them,” confirmed Anne McDougall, the lead teacher for HPS. “The instruments sound better, last longer and need fewer repairs.” The project’s inventory of instruments has been made possible by grants from various organizations including the Victoria Foundation, the District of Sooke, and MusiCounts with TD Bank.
The Beer and Burger fundraiser will help HPS to continue its current programs and hopefully be able to mount a new Beginning Strings class for grades 2-3 students next year. Tickets are $20 per person and are available from Board members and at the door. Menu alternatives include soft drinks, wine, chicken and veggie burgers, and gluten free buns.
The evening will offer entertainment by young local musicians on guitars, drums, flutes and strings.
There will also be a live and silent auction of enticing items donated by local businesses and organizations. Come bid on pottery and paintings by local artists, tickets to the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas concert and Secret Garden Tour 2018, gift certificates from local stores and cafes, and more.
For more information, please visit HarmonyProjectSooke.ca
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