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  • Burnaby District Choirs Burnaby School District’s auditioned choirs welcome children

    from grades 1-12 from schools across the district and include

    two voice choirs and three English Handbell choirs. Practicing

    once a week and performing at a variety of venues throughout

    the lower mainland, our choirs are conducted by Teresa Fierro,

    Patti Fletcher, Tisia Minichiello and Linda Eterman, Janet Kyle

    and Rosemary Bell. These ensembles include:

    • Burnaby District Children’s Choir • Burnaby District Youth Choir

    • Northern Spirit Ringers

    • Soundwave • Pacific Ring

    Performance Dates for 2010-2011* • November 16, 7:00, Michael J Fox Theatre, Voices 41

    • December 1, 6:45, Burnaby District Children’s Choir, Ocean View Cemetery

    • December 7, 7:00, Burnaby District Youth Choir and the Northern Spirit Ringers at Brentwood Alliance Church

    • December 7, 7:00, Pacific Ring (along with Burnaby South’s Choral and Jazz Ensembles), Michael J. Fox Theatre

    • December 12, 7:00, Northern Spirit Ringers at the Queen’s Avenue Church

    • December 9, 7:00, Burnaby Children’s Choir & Burnaby Teachers’ Choir at the West Burnaby United Church

    • May 2, 7:00, Location TBA, District Ensembles Concert

    • Spring School Tours for District Choirs: date & locations TBA

    *Note dates, location and times can change.

    For more information Lisa Parsonson

    Program Consultant, Visual & Performing Arts


    Behind the Scenes: Arts Education in Burnaby Schools Although these arts events celebrate the successes of students, we are most proud of what happens behind the scenes,

    in our schools’ classrooms. The Burnaby School District has a comprehensive arts

    education program for children from kindergarten to grade twelve. We are one of the few districts in the province who have music specialists in all our schools.

    Elementary students receive approximately 90 minutes a week of music programming. In grade seven, students

    have the opportunity to take beginner band. For students wanting an enrichment experience, there are also five auditioned choirs in the district, three hand bell

    choirs and two vocal choirs.

    Our secondary programs have a vast range of arts programming. Students may continue to develop their music skills, through choir, concert and jazz bands and/

    or full orchestra programs. Besides music, Burnaby secondary schools have dance programs with qualified

    dance educators in every site. Visual art, photography (traditional and/or digital) media and drama are also offered at all secondary schools. Several schools offer

    intensive arts programs which allow students to gain credits at local colleges.

    Arts Events in the

    Burnaby School District


  • Intermediate Choir Festival March 16, 17 & 18(am), 9:30 & 12:30 Michael J Fox Theatre

    Intermediate choir students from across this district meet and perform before their peers. This festival is adjudicated. Last year over 1000 students participated.

    Festival of Beginning Bands April 13, 14 & 15 9:30 & 1:00 Marlborough, Chaffey-Burke & Stoney Creek,

    After completing their first year of band, students from across the district come together to share their music with their peers. A special massed number is performed as part of the event. About 1000 students participate each year.

    Primary Days of Music March 7-10 10:00-11:00 & 1:00-2:00 Various Sites

    Approximately 1700 grade 2 and 3 students from across the district participate in this popular choral event. School gyms are opened to neighbouring schools and children share their love of music through song.

    Burnaby District Jazz Night February 15, 2011 7:00 Burnaby Mountain Secondary

    This district jazz music event includes all secondary school jazz programs. Students perform and share repertoire during this long-standing evening event.

    Burnaby Dance Festival April 18, 19 & 20 7:00 Burnaby Mountain Secondary

    Incredibly the festival is now in its 31st year! Over 1100 students from Kindergarten to grade 12 participate in this annual event which allows both students and teachers to share their craft with their peers. This Festival is unique in the province for itʼs scope, quality, longevity and inclusive atmosphere.

    French Days of Music (Festival de musique) April 28 & 29 9:30 &10:45 Marlborough & Sperling Elementaries

    Now in its 27th year, this Festival celebrates the French language through song. Approximately 1000 French Immersion students attend this event each year.

    Arts Alive April 14- May 15 Burnaby Art Gallery

    For the past thirty years, the Burnaby School District and the Burnaby Art Gallery have collaborated to produce a curated student art show. This year Burnaby elementary students are invited to submit work.

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    Voices 41 November 16 7:00 Michael J Fox Theatre

    Over 450 students are involved in this annual choral event which includes both secondary choirs and the district handbell choirs.


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