MHC Conservatory

Ensembles (group classes)

The Conservatory’s ensemble programs provide an opportunity for people of all ages to come together and play together.

Community Orchestra

Director: Christine Bootland

The Community Orchestra was founded in 1999 as a musical, educational and social vehicle. The orchestra plays all styles of music with a heavy emphasis on having fun while learning the basic orchestral skills; counting, phrasing, and listening. Musicians of all levels and ages are welcome to join. The group performs at various functions within the community to share our love of music.


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Junior Strings Orchestra

Director: Christine Bootland

Made possible by the generous support of the Medicine Hat Symphonic Society, the Junior Strings Orchestra is designed to foster a love of all styles of music from country, to classical, to popular. Students develop musicianship skills of the highest level that will enrich their ensemble playing and solo playing. The focus is on listening, rhythm, musical sensitivity, self-discipline, leadership and team work through concerts, field trips, guest clinicians, retreats and other fun activities. The orchestra performs regularly within the community at schools and Christmas specials, year-end recitals and various events throughout Medicine Hat. For many students, this orchestra serves as a preparatory ensemble to the Academy Orchestra and other more advanced large ensembles. Students may join the orchestra at any time during the year upon approval of the instructor.


Campfire Guitar Level 1

Ages: 18+
Director: Brian Walters

Learn how to strum and sing along to your favourite songs. This course will introduce beginner students to their first chords, singing while playing, and tuning their instrument in a fun and supportive environment. Students must bring a guitar to each class.


Foundations for Percussion Ensembles

Ages: 12+
Director: Cam Girling

The Foundations for Percussion Ensembles is an excellent start for any level of musician for public performance. Learning the basics of percussion rudiments and reading, members will be able to learn all the elements required to join the performing Percussion Ensembles group, and gain knowledge of the essentials for various percussion instruments.


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Percussion Ensembles

Ages: 16+
Director: Cam Girling

Percussion Ensembles have a strong world history and can be varied in genre and style. Members will reinforce the fundamentals of rhythm, working together to perform intricate drum patterns on multiple instruments. Ensembles will include Drumline training for performing in public at various events, as well as other styles of music.


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Upcoming Events
Please check this listing regularly for upcoming performances by the students and instructors from MHC's Conservatory of Music & Dance.

Meet our instructors

Christine Bootland, conservatory instructor
Christine Bootland

Meet Christine

Lyle Rebbeck, conservatory instructor
Lyle Rebbeck

Meet Lyle