Spring at the Music School

Spring is one of our favourite seasons at the Music School! A big thank you to Gordon who lovingly takes care of all our flowerbeds. He does such a great job, and always makes sure we look our very best! 

Can you smell the lilac bushes as you walk by?

Meet Anna Konrad

Anna Konrad

Anna (on the right) began her musical adventures at VCMS in 2007 by taking a Piano Pathways class. Soon after this she began piano lessons with Karen Rempel, followed by violin lessons with Bev Martens the next year. Her love of playing music with others started early on Рplaying duets with her sister Simone, then joining the Carriage House Orchestra. Throughout the years, she has played with countless groups of musicians, from string orchestras to quartets to busking at the market, playing everything from Bach to Piazolla to the Beatles. She has now played in the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra for eight years, and for the past two years has held the position of co-concertmaster. She has participated in many music festivals throughout the Okanagan as well as being invited to participate in several Provincial Music Festivals. Other musical highlights include participating in the Suzuki Valhalla Summer Institute for 8 summers, taking 2 week-long songwriting intensives, and releasing a 3 song album with her band Roots & Strings. Playing music at church, youth group, school and various community events, Anna has enjoyed collaborating with a wide variety of musicians in a range of genres. She has had the privilege of teaching violin under the guidance of Bev Martens and has enjoyed working with younger students in group classes. Closely connected to her love of music, Anna has had a long involvement with dance and rhythmic gymnastics. When Rachel Martens created her Carriage House Performance Troupe, Anna and her sister both enthusiastically jumped into this opportunity. This was a place she could combine her love of music, theatre, dance and creating story. This year Anna has been working towards her level 10 Royal Conservatory of Music exams in both violin and piano, to be taken this spring. She plans to pursue post-secondary education, as well as continue to collaborate and create music.
We will miss you Anna, when you carry on with your next adventures. Your smile lights up the room, and we look forward to hearing about University life. Enjoy every moment!

Students Play at the Vernon Music Festival!

Something worth celebrating! Congratulations to Amy Glasser and Amy Milne, students of Karen Rempel, who won the Intermediate Duet Piano Medal and the Top Duet Overall Award at the Vernon Music Festival, back in March!

Congratulations as well to Geoff Barker‘s winning students, Tab Webster with his Level 8 and Craig Matterson with his ARCT!

Students also participating at the Vernon Music Festival were:

Anna Konrad – Level 10

Josh Mark – Level 7

Sophie Joerissen – Level 6

Amy Glasser – Level 5

Amy Milne – Level 5

Abigail Osborn – Level 5

Sophie Joerissen and Josh Mark – Intermediate Piano Duet

Also, Congratulations to both Jennika Bobryk and Ella Newman for completing their RCM Level 10 Piano Award, obtaining First Class Honours, back in January!

The Music School is so proud of all of you, you are all shining stars in our community!

Students of Karen Rempel at the Vernon Music Festival

Summer Newsletter Arrives

Fresh off the press, the summer newsletter is here for your reading pleasure! It can also be found in .pdf format on our Newsletter page. We hope you enjoy reading, we had assumed the newsletter was going to be fairly short and sweet this time, but it turns out there was so much great material to communicate with our families and keep people connected! Happy reading!

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Saxophone Lessons in Vernon

saxophone lessons with Aaron Jamin at the Vernon Community Music School

Spots available in September for both saxophone and trumpet lessons! Get ahead in band class or learn how to serenade someone special from the parking lot! Give Aaron a shout, he can help you learn how to be like Joshua Redman.


Ukulele Lessons in Vernon

ukulele lessons with Aaron Jamin at the Vernon Community Music School

More exciting news! Aaron Jamin will have spots available starting in September for private ukulele lessons for both youth and adults. Ukulele lessons are a great idea for in person AND virtual lessons! We know that with summer coming, you wish you could whip out that ukulele and serenade your pets…don’t be disappointed, call Aaron for lessons so that you and your dog can be surrounded with with positive vibes. Contact Aaron for more information.

Guitar Lessons in Vernon

guitar lessons in Vernon BC with Ken Scott

Just because the school year is winding down for this year doesn’t mean we aren’t getting ready for next year! Ken Scott will have spots available starting in September for private guitar lessons. No matter what happens with personal distance requirements at the Music School in September, guitar lessons are a great idea for in person AND virtual lessons! If you’ve been thinking about it, now is the time to bring more music into your life and surround yourself with positive vibes. Contact Ken for more information.

Coming Soon

We are so excited to show you what we’ve been working on! We’re working on fundraising ideas to build community and raise money at the same time. These are Kindness Cards, and will be sold in the Office once school reopens. Each card says something different, and a package of 5 cards will be $5 (includes an envelope). The cards are blank inside and on the back of each card there is a photo of the Music School; it says “Thank you for supporting the Vernon Community Music School”. Watch for the Kindness Cards coming soon…because everyone deserves some sunshine, especially in today’s world.