Conservatory of Music & Dance

Ensembles (group classes)

The Conservatory’s ensemble programs provide an opportunity for people of all ages to come together and play together.

Cello Chums

[ages 15+] CHRISTINE BOOTLAND

Cello Chums is an all cello ensemble where we will explore the latest new music, styles and extended cello techniques for this type of ensemble in a friendly atmosphere. Participants should have basic counting, reading skills and have been playing their instrument for at least 3 years. This group will do performances at different events throughout the program. Bring your creative spirit, and flare for experimentation, electric or acoustic – it’s all cello in the end.

If you are interested in this program, please email the instructor at cbootland@mhc.ab.ca or contact the Conservatory Office at 403.529.3880.

Jazz 100

[ages 15+]

So much of jazz is about improvising! Using standard songs of the jazz repertoire, the class will explore the many tools that can turn improvising from an intimidating, “play around and hope for the best” approach into an enjoyable and musical experience. While a variety of improvising strategies will be presented and practiced in the class, the emphasis will be on students progressing at their own pace, and exploring the improvising tools that best fit their musical personality. Participants should have a minimum of two years playing experience.

If you are interested in this program, please contact the Conservatory Office at 403.529.3880.

Jazz Lab Band

[ages 15+] LYLE REBBECK

The Jazz Lab Band is a select ensemble of players with experience on their instruments. In a lab situation, they learn and explore the elements involved in jazz combo playing covering a variety of styles. Entry to this class is on the recommendation of a conservatory instructor or by audition.

If you are interested in this program, please email the instructor at lrebbeck@mhc.ab.ca or contact the Conservatory Office at 403.529.3880.

Upcoming Events
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Meet our instructors

Christine Bootland, conservatory instructor
Christine Bootland

Meet Christine

Lyle Rebbeck, conservatory instructor
Lyle Rebbeck

Meet Lyle