KCMS June 2021 Newsletter


New Website!

Take a moment to access our new website here  and enjoy the fresh new look with bright beautiful colours and easy navigation.  We are still in the process of finalising some of our fall programming, but here are some Summer Programs you can check out right now:

Flute Retreat
Musicianship Camp
Introduction to Violin
Campfire Guitar


Our Musical Gift to You

We have sorely missed the collective sound of our performing groups this year, but one group have been working extremely hard to share the gift of music with our community.  We would like to thank our amazing teachers Martin Krátký, Olivia Walsh and Sandra Wilmot and - of course - our wonderful string students for their presentation of G.F. Handel's Passacaglia.  Also, huge thanks to Jessica Crawford and John Shippit for their editing skills.

Click here to enjoy!

Theory Programs are Back!

Theory is the foundational knowledge of music that helps students to understand the structure, notation and language of music.  These classes are required to complete the Royal Conservatory exam certificates, and also serve to deepen the enjoyment of music-making.  We strongly encourage students to join a group class; the social aspect of learning in a group, from our highly educated instructors, provides a thorough and fun learning experience.  Our teachers are dedicated to teaching these foundational skills so your children fully understand them - not just teaching to the test.  We offer full extracurricular support and provide extra private lessons (for a fee) on a case-by-case basis.

Students should begin theory classes once they have entered their second year of private lessons.  More details arriving soon on the website!

Music Mentorship Program

Are you a student considering a future in the arts?
Are you a parent of a teen interested in pursuing a career in music?
Want to learn what different careers in the music industry could look like?

We are pleased to share an opportunity of discovery through the
Bridge & Wolak Music Mentorship Program


The Music Mentorship Program (MMP) is a virtual educational program designed for high school students who are exploring a future in music and arts performance/production. Led by acclaimed Canadian performers and professors, Michael Bridge and Kornel Wolak, students see exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with leading arts professionals (performers, professors, tech crews) and join interactive discussions with live coaching and activities on Zoom. In a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere, they deliver highly informative content to guide aspiring musicians planning for their artistic and educational futures – at music school and in the arts industry.


For more information, go to 

Five-Day Option - Exclusive to KCMS!
The course usually takes the form of weekend days over six weeks.  If there is sufficient interest, Bridge & Wolak will offer a session exclusively for the Kelowna Community Music School for the week of August 9-13.

Win a 50% refund on the five-day course:
The course fee is $295.00.  However, once registered for the five-day course, your name will be entered into a draw to win a $150 refund from KCMS!

If you are interested in the five-day course, please email Lucy Benwell by June 25th.  Information on how to register will be sent after that time.

Bursary Fundraiser Continues

Thanks to those who donated to our Bursary fundraiser - with this initiative we raised $1002!  We do hope you enjoyed the wonderful presentation by Paul and Martin.  Didn't manage to donate? Not a problem! You can help us provide more funds for deserving students as we continue this campaign. 

Great Canadian Giving Challenge - for the month of June, each dollar donated through Canada Helps represents a chance for KCMS to win $20,000 - what an amazing incentive!

Please donate here.  Thank you!


Bursary Applications Welcome!

The deadline for applications for the fall round is July 1. Guidelines and application form can be found here.


Comings and Goings
Faculty Changes from Jessica Crawford

The end of the school year always brings some goodbyes, and this year we are wishing all the best to our guitar faculty member Alisa Anderson, who has made the leap over to P.E.I.  Flute teacher Jillian Broughton is also leaving us to study audiology in Vancouver.  Ali and Jillian will continue to be available for remote lessons. Also, our Youth Choir assistant director Gwen Plitt has confirmed she will not be returning as her school district teaching location has changed - and she is getting married in August!  It is so refreshing to hear such exciting positive plans, but we are sad to lose our wonderful colleagues.  We wish them well and look forward to staying connected through music!
I am thrilled to announce a number of new faculty members, who will be joining us for September. Evelyn Krieger and Sharon Pfenning, both of whom have previously taught at KCMS, will be re-joining our piano faculty. Siobhan Raupach will be teaching voice, Kevin Robinson guitar, Emily Traversy violin, and Jana Palmer piano. These teachers bring a wealth of experience and expertise, and I encourage you to read their biographies on our website and get to know them better! They are all accepting new students for September.

Our Music Community
A reminder to please look out for signs such as this one.  They mark an area spanning both our driveway and that of the property on the corner of Richter. We would hate to see you towed or ticketed.
Thank you for caring about our neighbourhood!

Please keep your receipts coming in - thank you!
Celebrating Acts of Kindness
The sweet planter at the base of our stairway recently arrived from the Central School as part of their service learning project.  Their note reads: "We want to do our part and be neighbourly and reach out to those around us! Thanks for being you <3"
Thank you, neighbour!
Office News
Summer/Fall Registration Now Open!

All 2021/22 fees are to be paid in full before confirming registration for summer/fall lessons.
 Please confirm your lesson time and day with your instructor(s) before registering.
Invoices are issued once the registration form is submitted and lessons have been confirmed with instructors. All families who have paid their registration fee prior to July 15 will be entered into a draw to win back their registration fee (no cash value)
Fall invoices will be issued after August 15th
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