Members of the Penticton Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts String Orchestra practice at Leir House. (Submitted)

Members of the Penticton Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts String Orchestra practice at Leir House. (Submitted)

Penticton String Orchestra looking for musicians

The Penticton Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts has brought the orchestra back

Penticton’s own string orchestra is looking for new members to join them.

The Penticton Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (PAMDA) is bringing back the orchestra under the lead of violin instructor Kelsey Zachary.

The PAMDA String Orchestra aims to give musicians in Penticton and neighbouring communities an opportunity to gain experience performing as part of an orchestra.

Membership in the orchestra is open to all string musicians aged 16 and older, who play at a Grade 4 level or higher and are comfortable sight-reading.

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Art Room at the Leir House Cultural Centre, starting September 28, 2022.

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The PAMDA String Orchestra program began over 20 years ago under the leadership of John Suderman when a group of adult musicians were looking for an opportunity to play in an orchestra.

The string orchestra grew to include more than 20 musicians, often performing at various venues over the years. In 2020, the orchestra was temporarily restructured into chamber ensembles.

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