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                                                      Concert Strings at the OSA Festival.



                                                          Beginning Strings at the OSA Festival.





On April 13th, 2016 Chamber Strings Performed at the Guelph Kiwanis Music Festival where they received TWO Gold First-Place Awards. A huge congratulations to Megan Keenan who was asked to play the violin solo in the Vivaldi Concert in A minor at the last minute! Well done, Megan!



Chamber Strings waiting to perform at the Guelph Youth Music Center.





Chamber Strings on stage at the Guelph Kiwanis Music Festival.




On April 14th, 2016 the Regional Strings Program had the pleasure of welcoming Ensemble Made in Canada to perform for our students. They are the preeminent piano quartet in the country and this was definitely a highlight for us! They are also Artists in the Residence at the University of Western Ontario and I was thrilled when they agreed to start their Ontario/Manitoba tour at Port Credit Secondary School!


Ensemble Made in Canada Performs at Port Credit Secondary School.





On April 22nd,2016 Chamber Strings participated in the North York Music Festival and received THREE First-Place Gold Awards! They received marks of 91, 92, and 92 in the Baroque, Classical, and Contemporary categories respectively! Well done, Chamber Strings!






Friday, October, 16th,2015 Chamber Strings embarked on their Annual Roadshow to Tomken Road Senior Public School, Allan A. Martin Sr. P.S., and Queen Elizabeth Sr. P.S. We loaded the bus bright and early (please see our "Getting on the Bus" Photo) and headed for our first school, Tomken Road Middle School. While at Tomken, we were happy to receive a "Guest Conductor," who decided that he would like to try his hand at conducting our Chamber Strings ensemble (see our "Tomken Guest Conductor" photo). He was a natural, and we are definitely holding a spot for him in the Regional Strings Program at Port Credit!  We were also warmly greeted by staff and students at Allan A. Martin Sr. P.S. (please see our "Allan A. Martin" photo), and Queen Elizabeth Sr. P.S. (please see our "Queen Elizabeth Sr. P.S." photo).  Thank you to all of our Elementary school partners for welcoming us. We look forward to sharing our music with you each year. Indeed, we are very fortunate to have such great audiences in Peel!





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On Friday, May 1st, 2015 the Regional Strings Program hosted 42 students, in grades 6-8, from Fallingbrook Middle School during periods 1 and 2. They learned about life at Port Credit; listened to our Chamber Strings perform; and, had the pleasure of working with our student leaders, and Dr. Kizas, in a series of string-technique workshops. Our students were also treated to two performances by the strings students at Fallingbrook Middles School!

It is so wonderful to see strings growing in the elementary panel in Peel! This is the beginning of a great relationship between our two schools. Thanks for a great day Fallingbook Middle School!

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Gabriel Prynn


 On Friday, April 17th, London-born cellist Gabriel Prynn of the Montreal-based ensemble Trio Fibonacci presented a workshop, masterclass and performance for all students in the Regional Strings Program. This fantastic event was co-sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga.


 Guelph Kiwanis


On Wednesday, April 15th, our Chamber Strings again won two First-Place Gold Awards at the Kiwanis Music Festival in Guelph, Ontario in the Senior String Ensemble Categories. Well done, Chamber Strings!







On Thursday, April 2nd, the Regional Strings Program hosted Sacred Hoops Production Company's Aboriginal Educational Outreach Program, where students learned about the importance of arts, culture, and story telling  within Aboriginal traditions.


April 9, 2015


We would like to thank all of our students in the Regional Strings Program who represented Port Credit extremely well at the Ontario Strings Association Festival this morning/afternoon. (April 9, 2015) We took the entire program to the festival this year, and Port Credit made a big impression on the adjudicators and the music staff at Agincourt Collegiate. A huge thank you also to Yvonne, Marcie, and Janice for coming with us! We could not have gone without you.


A special congratulations also goes out to Chamber Strings who received another invitation to perform at The Nationals as part of Music Fest Canada. Bravo, Chamber Strings.





March 2015

 Jung Hyun (Jay) Moon, a grade 10 student in the Regional Strings Program received two First-Place Gold Awards

at the Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto in the Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 8 Cello Solo Categories for List A and List C. As a result of this competition, Jay will now be eligible to compete in the Provincial festival in June. Bravo and well done, Jay!!!


 February 2015

Chamber Strings Takes Gold at Greater Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival


Chamber Strings received two Gold and two First-Place Standings today at the Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto. They competed against some of the top strings schools in the GTA, and I am so very proud of their accomplishments. Please stay tuned for April when we take a record number of Regional Strings students to the Ontario Strings Association Festival, showcasing all levels of performance in the program.



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 Regional Strings:  On the Road Again :)  October 8, 2014


 On Wednesday, Oct. 8th, our Chamber Strings ensemble performed at four elementary schools and at the Port Credit Residences in the community. We look forward to our Regional Strings "Roadshow" every year! This year we visited Homelands Sr. Public, Hillside Sr. Public, Allan A. Martin Sr. P.S. and Queen Elizabeth Sr. Public. A great time was had by all. We have the best audiences in Peel!!!





Regional Strings - Goes to Camp  September 2014


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From September 10th through 12th, students in the Regional Strings Program, in grades 9-12, participated in our Annual Regional Strings Retreat at Camp Wahanowin in Orillia, Ontario. Students were involved in 3 days of intensive music study and leadership activities run by Port Credit teachers, camp staff, and student leaders. A great time was had by all! We look forward to this special event each year and it has become a Port Credit tradition!


















"Lights Camera Music ! ":  Thursday May 15th Spring Concert




Regional Strings students having fun backstage before their performance at the Port Credit Music Department's Spring Concert "Lights...Camera...Music!" on Thursday, May 15th, 2014, at 7: 00 p.m.
 Congratulations to all students who performed that evening. Bravo, and well done!























PEEL Music Show Case








On Monday, May 5th, almost 450 students, from across the Peel District School Board, participated in the Peel Music Showcase, where they performed in eight honour ensembles in Hammerson Hall, at the Living Arts Centre at 7:00 p.m. One of these auditioned ensembles was the Honour String Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Kizas. Many of the students in the honour ensemble were members of the Regional Strings Program at Port Credit Secondary School. Bravo, Regional Strings, and thank you for representing strings so well at the Board level. A huge congratulations to all of the eight honour ensembles who participated in this year's Peel Music Showcase in honour of Music Monday!

TSO Trip  May 3, 2014 










 On Saturday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m., our own Regional Strings student, Leo Jarmain, performed in a fantastic concert with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO), serving as concertmaster. This concert closed the orchestra's 2013-2014 season, receiving a standing ovation from the packed audience in MacMillan Theatre, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. Leo also received an award from the TSYO for his outstanding contribution to the orchestra. Thank you Leo for your fantastic leadership in the Regional Strings Program at Port Credit!


Guests Come to Port Credit Secondary:   In School Strings Conference




I am beyond happy to report that Canadian violinist Drew Jurecka (along with Mark Kieswetter on piano, and Clark Johnston on Bass), presented a workshop on improvisation at Port Credit, in room 125, on Tuesday, May 6th, for all students in the Regional Strings Program, during periods 1 and 2. This workshop proved to be a fantastic "hands on" experience that was informative, entertaining, and inspirational!

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Drew Jurecka is a highly versatile musician who is comfortable in many genres. Trained classically at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Drew has spent ten years playing jazz in Toronto. He has played, written or arranged on more than 150 records, including several Juno winning and Grammy nominated albums. He can be heard on numerous film and television soundtracks.

Drew has toured internationally as a sideman and with his own projects. He spent five years on the road with Jeff Healey, and now plays as part of Jill Barber’s regular band. Drew has played the Hollywood Bowl with Diana Krall, Shirley Horn and Dianne Reeves. He has also appeared with the Roberto Rosenman Quartet and the Dave Brubeck Quartet and has even starred in a film, Liszt’s Rhapsody, playing a gypsy violinist.

Drew is a faculty member at Humber College where he has helped to develop a unique jazz strings program that includes technique classes, ensembles and private lessons.

For a more complete biography, please click on the following link:



We are thrilled to Report,  April 2014




I am thrilled to report that Ms Lufer's Concert Strings, and the Chamber Strings Ensemble, represented Port Credit extremely well at the Ontario Strings Association's Annual Festival, held at York University on Friday, April 11. String ensembles from a cross-section of elementary, middle, and secondary schools performed before a stellar group of adjudicators that included Gryphon Trio cellist, Roman Borys; York University Professor, and former TSO concertmaster, Jacques Israelievitch; York University Professor, and cellist, Mark Chambers; and, Chamber Musician, Teacher, and Cellist George Kenins. Both groups were treated to a half-hour clinic following their performance.

Chamber Strings again received an invitation to perform at the Nationals, as part of Music Fest Canada, as a result of their performance. Well done, Chamber Strings!

I have attached some pics for your enjoyment (notice the 21st-century warm up pic where Emily Seto-Hughes is reading a score from her iPhone!).

And finally, our own Addy Sanchez participated in the Peel Music Festival on Thursday in the "Baroque Sonata for Violin and Piano" category and took 1st-place, receiving a Gold medal, for her performance in the 15 yrs. and under category, well done, Addy!!!





March 5, 2014    Mississauga News 

String theory: Juno-nominated violinist gives master class at Port Credit Secondary

Making maestros

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MISSISSAUGA — Jacques Israelievitch is a musician with an impressive resume. The internationally renowned violinist was born in France and graduated from the Paris Conservatory aged 16. He has performed with orchestras throughout North America — including CBC Radio – and was concertmaster at Toronto Symphony Orchestra for two decades. He also has a Juno Award-nominated CD.

Which makes him one of Canada's foremost concert musicians — and a somewhat daunting figure for an up-and-coming player to perform before. Throw in an audience of 80 or so fellow students, a bunch of teachers and a school board superintendent, and you get what faced three young violinists at a masterclass at Port Credit Secondary School on Wednesday (March 5).

Grade 12 students Leo Jarmain and Kirit Mascarenhas, and Adelaide Sanchez (Grade 10) each performed solos under Israelievitch's critical gaze.

As particularly promising students in the school's regional strings program, they performed ambitious pieces. Sanchez kicked things off with an excerpt from Mascagni's opera Cavalleria Rusticana, Mascarenhas opted for a Mozart violin concerto (No. 4 in D, first and second movements, to be specific) while Jarmin, a particularly talented player, rounded out proceedings with Paganini's Caprice No. 10.



To the untrained ear, they all sounded impressive. And Israelievitch seemed to think so, too, before setting about making tiny corrections to problems most in the room would never have known existed. Minute adjustments were made to the hand holding the bow, to the shoulder balance, to the way the violin moved. Here, an eighth-note struck too hard was brightened; there, a flourish was smoothed out.

It was an eloquent display of analytical musicianship from Israelievitch (now a professor at York University), and gave the young players plenty of food for thought.

For Jarmain and Mascarenhas, his advice could prove particularly valuable as they performed pieces they will use to audition for post-secondary music courses. "My piece, I'm trying to get it to that extra level," said Jarmain. "So his tips were helping me to polish it off and take that extra step."

And despite nerves at performing for such an accomplished violinist, the youngsters seemed to enjoy it.

"It was a lot of fun because I like performing," said Sanchez. "Compared to other masterclass teachers that I have had, he was one of the calm ones, so I really enjoyed it."

The regional strings program at Port Credit S.S. sees students interested in the violin, viola, cello or bass take on a year-long course studying their instrument. Last year, the school's 25-member chamber strings ensemble took gold at nationals in Music Fest Canada.






Canadian Cellist Bryan Holt and Percussionist Noam Bierstone come to PCSS to Perform

 I am thrilled and excited to announce that on Wednesday, April 9th, the Regional Strings Program will be sponsoring a performance by acclaimed Canadian cellist Bryan Holt, and percussionist Noam Bierstone. The duo will be performing an eclectic program of contemporary music in room 126 during periods 1 and 2. As always, staff and administration are invited to attend. The program will be repeated in Toronto at The Music Gallery on Saturday, April 12th, and we are thrilled to be able to offer a preview of this performance right here at Port Credit!

For more information, please see the link below:





Field Trip to Roy Thompson Hall to see Toronto Symphony Orchestra


featuring our own student Leo Jarmain in the third movement of Bruch’s violin



On Tuesday, November 12th, all students in the Regional Strings Program attended a performance featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall. The concert included selections from Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Hindemith’s March from Symphonic Metamorphosis, and the third movement of Bruch’s violin concerto featuring our own Regional Strings student Leo Jarmain. Bravo, Leo!





Ontario Strings Association Youth Orchestra


On Thursday, November 7th, all students in the Regional Strings Program were treated to a performance by the Ontario Strings Association Youth Orchestra, conducted by Mark Skazinetsky, the Associate Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This auditioned ensemble consists of students from across Ontario aged 12-21. The ensemble performed an eclectic array of musical selections and we enjoyed hosting them at Port Credit





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