Over 200 Metro Vancouver elementary and secondary students gathered at Robson Square to perform a free public concert as part of the 11th annual Music Monday, a national day to celebrate music in schools and to highlight the efforts made by music teachers.

 

Students from Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminister and Coquitlam came together on a beautifully sunny day for a mass performance of the 2015 Music Monday anthem, “We Are One”, which was written by 16 year old Connor Ross. The performance was conducted by Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with award winning choral conductor Morna Edmundson as the event’s emcee.

 

Representatives from the municipal and provincial governments and the Coalition for Music Education in BC (CMEBC) talked about the importance and value of music education in schools, and the steps that need to be made to boost musical incentives ranging from Kindergarden students to grade 12. “It’s a time for people to come together and recognize the importance and the value of music education and the teachers that work so hard at bringing that to our students in the schools,” said Christin Reardon MacLellan, President of the Coalition for Music Education in B.C. The CMEBC launched the Music Monday celebration back in 2005, and it has been raising awareness of music education ever since.

 

Tom Lee Music is proud to support causes that focus on growing and developing the musical community. We can't wait for next year's anthem! As our Vice President, Graham Blank put it, it is vital that that there is "Music in the hearts, minds and hands of all students in BC"

 

A special thanks to all of this year’s participants: Pinetree Secondary Senior Band led by Marcia Carmichael, Burnaby North Strings led by Peter Wenzek, Richard McBride Elementary Choir led by Shannon Lange, Lord Byng Secondary Wind Ensemble led by Scott McLennan, the fantastic Encore led by Morna Edmundson, and of course, our team of education reps who helped set the day up!

 

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