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August 12-17, 2018

Five days of music making! Come join like-minded music lovers and immerse yourself in a rare opportunity to play in a string ensemble tailored for the adult learner. The Adult Orchestra Retreat was instituted in 2013 as a new stream of the Valhalla Summer School of Music and has taken on a flavour and life of its own. Each morning, Adult String Orchestra participants will enjoy a technique/sectional class followed by an orchestra rehearsal. Repertoire will be drawn from a variety of musical eras and styles.

Tentative weekly schedule for SOAR 2018

Participants should have a minimum of one year of lessons on their instrument. Everyone should be willing – even if not yet completely confident – to play pieces with up to 3 sharps or flats and should be playing in two to three positions on their instrument. Sectionals will be guided by a teacher, and will be spent examining your orchestra repertoire challenges such as fingerings, bowings and technical issues. You will strengthen your ability to perform and function as a section and will explore how to glean the most personally satisfying ensemble experience in groups that will inevitably involve a wide variety of skills and abilities. Orchestra rehearsals will focus on enjoying the experience of playing together and learning how a fine ensemble sound is produced. Tuition for the three-hour morning orchestra program is $300 for the week (plus $30 non-refundable registration fee). A $30 late fee is applied after June 1st. Please note that chamber group placement cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after June 1st.

The afternoons can be free for you to practise and to enjoy the beauty of the Slocan Lake area. There is also the option to register for private lessons with SOAR faculty or with other artists-in-residence and/or to participate in chamber music groups with coaching – both of these at an additional fee. Pre-formed chamber groups are welcome to register, or you can register as an individual and we will match you with other players of similar level. We also expect to be offering a variety of informal social opportunities throughout the week and encourage you to order our catered lunches (or bring a lunch) to share noon mealtimes with other participants. Classes take place in New Denver at Lucerne School. Performances are held at the acoustically superb Memorial Hall in Silverton, 5km south of New Denver.


  • ANNE SCOTT (cello, conductor):Anne’s cello studies began in Edmonton, Alberta and continued at the U of A, Mount Royal College, Banff School of Fine Arts & the Stanford University Summer String Institute. Her teachers & mentors include Claude Kenneson, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Harvey Shapiro and John Kadz.

    Anne’s music career has included teaching, coaching, adjudicating, conducting and performing as a soloist and in ensembles large and small across Canada and into the United States.

    Presently, Anne is the principal cellist of both the Calgary Civic Symphony and the Symphony of the Kootenays and also performs with the Red Deer Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a busy freelance musician who enjoys the wide variety of music styles that freelancing offers. Her string quartet ‘Black Dress’ provides musical ambiance at events large and small.

    Over the years, Anne’s teaching studio has included students from 3 yrs old to adults. Her teaching career has its roots in the Suzuki method, which is how she began her own studies. Now her teaching style also encompasses more traditional approaches for younger students as well as an increased involvement in adult education including teaching adult cello students at the West Coast Amateur Musicians Society’s summer music camp in Squamish, BC

    In 2009, Anne co-founded the Calgary Community String Orchestra for beginner to intermediate adult string players where she continues to serve as music director, cello coach and conductor. In 2015, to create the opportunity for adults to play in small ensembles, Anne launched the CCSO Spring ensembles coaching series for Adult Amateurs. Anne is the founder, conductor and cello coach of the Adult String Orchestra retreat at the Valhalla Summer School of Music in New Denver, BC.

  • RONELLE SCHAUFELE (violin and viola) Canadian violist Ronelle Schaufele is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician who performs frequently throughout Western Canada as well as performances in Cuba, Brazil, United States, New Zealand, and Europe. As a soloist Ms. Schaufele has recently performed Horizons with pianist Luciance Cardassi, a concert tour which featured female Canadian composers.

    As an avid lover of new music Ms. Schaufele has been delighted to play works composed for her and looks forward to upcoming collaborations. In addition to performing music being created today, Ronelle greatly enjoys performing on period instruments and exploring the rich baroque tradition.Other solo performances include concerts at the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, Euro Festival in Leipzig Germany, and the Music by the Sea Festival.

    As a chamber musician Ms. Schaufele’s performances include the Musaeus String Quartet, the Fort Macleod International Festival, which was recorded and broadcasted by CBC. She performed with Neworks Calgary, Ensemble Resonance, Rubbing Stone Ensemble and the Millennium Music Foundation Series. In addition she has served as principal violist of the Urban Village Chamber Orchestra, and is currently assistant principal violist in the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra.Her education includes a Music Performance Diploma from Mount Royal College with William van der Sloot, a Bachelor of Music with distinction from the University of Calgary, with Nicholas Pulos and an Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School studying with Steven Dann. Ms. Schaufele also completed an Artist in Residency program at The Banff Centre.

    An active instructor, Ronelle is currently on faculty at the Amici String Program. Ronelle has also enjoys working with talented young chamber musicians and was recently the Artistic Advisor for the Szekely/Rolston Young Musicians Program in cooperation with the Banff International String Quartet Competition. In the Fall of 2012 Ms. Schaufele founded the Banff String Academy of Music which offers gifted young students in the Banff area advanced musical training.