School Programs

Secondary School Educational Concerts

Since its inception in 2001 the Ad Mare Wind Quintet has been giving educational concerts to high school music students throughout Vancouver and North Vancouver in conjunction with the Vancouver Foundation. We believe strongly in developing both musicians and audiences of the future and feel that hearing a live chamber music performance by professional musicians is an inspiring experience that cannot be replaced. We enjoy exposing students to a wide range of quintet repertoire that gives many individuals their first opportunity to see and hear various instrumental techniques, performance practices and less familiar instruments such as the bassoon, english horn and the alto flute.

Educational Events in French and English

The group is comfortable with shows in both English and French and has performed successfully for all age groups, including a special French language program at the Centre Culturelle de Vancouver designed for ages 0-5.  Proper presentation and introduction of the music and our instruments in either language is of paramount importance to us and we strive to make our public speaking as engaging as our playing.

 Examples of Educational Concert Themes:

  • “Mozart turns 250” highlights the music and times of W.A. Mozart and all those who he later influenced. 
  • “Music around the World” features wind quintet music from various countries the world over, from Austria to Africa.  Students learn the various aspects of each country that most affect its music. 
  • “Opus Zoo” is a concert about words and music. It’s also about the wonderful and eclectic mix that makes up the wind quintet repertoire. 
  • “Five Friends” builds on a theme and variation movement from Carl Nielsen’s Quintet, and explores related pieces and how they are connected.

There is always time for a question period following each performance.