The Tunes Youth Ensemble

About The Tunes

The Tunes are an instrumental ensemble of young musicians sponsored by St. Theodore of Canterbury Anglican Church as part of its community outreach activities.

The Tunes were founded in 2000 to provide an opportunity for young people to meet others with a similar interest in music and to offer their musical talents in community service. They perform in both church and community settings with a particular emphasis on visits to retirement homes. The Tunes have also made several road trips to New York, Boston, and Quebec City.

The ensemble accommodates a sometimes eclectic mix of classical and band instruments, thanks to the skills of our music staff who arrange much of the music they perform. While they began as an initiative of St. Theodore's, a large proportion of Tunes members are young people from the wider community.

Outstanding musical contributions to the life of the parish are recognized annually in the form of the Mitchell Award, for which members of The Tunes are eligible.

Join The Tunes

New members are most welcome. If you are between 10 and 18 years of age and play a musical instument, give us a try. Meet new friends who share your interest in music. Discover the rewards of performing before truly appreciative audiences in the community.

Our repertoire ranges from classical to popular standards, and includes music from many different ethnic origins. Material is chosen and arranged to suit a range of musical experience and ability. Players are also given many opportunities to prepare and perform solo pieces. More advanced members of the group may try their hand at arranging and composing for the ensemble, and several have done so.

As an added boon for high school students, all Tunes performances as well as a portion of rehearsal time may be credited as “community service hours.”

Finally, our fun-filled road trip during March break of each year is one more reason to join!

The Tunes year consists of two terms, Sept.–Dec. and Jan.–May. There is a registration fee of $50 per term for individual members. Family membership is $100 per term for two or more members of the same family.

The Tunes rehearse Fridays from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at St. Theodore's, 111 Cactus Avenue, Willowdale.

Book The Tunes

The Tunes are available to perform in seniors’ homes, hospitals and community events. Invitations to visit other churches and youth groups are also welcome.

Contact The Tunes

by e-mail: thetunes@rogers.com
by telephone: Greg Paskaruk 905-770-4427


 
 
 
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