It is hard to believe it, but it’s mid-August already and that means a new Nova Musica season will begin. We will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, September 12 at the Crestwood Community Hall. Rehearsal time is 7:30-9:30 pm. Take a look at the repertoire page and start practising! I think we are all looking forward to seeing our musical friends again.
Nova Musica will resume rehearsals on September 13, 2022. Rehearsals are Tuesday Nights – 7:30-9:15 at the Crestwood Community League found at 14325 96 Ave NW. Members are encouraged to download and print the repertoire which can be found on the Repertoire Page.
Nova Musica is pleased to present a concert on May 14th at the Crestwood Community League. We will be performing pieces by Hummel, Mozart, Warlock and Arthur Sullivan.
1:00-2:00 pmMay 14, 2022
Location: Crestwood Community Hall 14325 96 Ave
Admission by donation
*We respectfully ask that masks be worn during the performance to protect the vulnerable
Nova Musica would like to express its gratitude to the Crestwood Community League for the use of the community hall for our rehearsals. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Crestwood Community League Phase 3 Redevelopment Project
It has been nearly two years since the global pandemic put a pause to Nova Musica’s rehearsals and concerts. On November 16th that pause came to an end as members gathered at the Crestwood Community League for our first post-pandemic rehearsal. There were some faces missing and also some new ones to welcome. With Covid-19 safety protocols in place, the board is now optimistic we will be able to meet again weekly and hopefully offer concerts again in the Spring of 2022. If you are interested in joining us, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Today Nova Musica is saying goodbye to a longstanding member who left us suddenly and too soon. Donna MacDermid, our principal flute player passed away suddenly at home on August 12th, 2021.
Donna was a very active and lively member of Nova Musica. She had a bubbly personality and a sharp wit that brought joy to everyone around her. She was an exceptional musician, whose beautiful flute solos often soared above the sound of strings and other wind instruments.
Donna was particularly proud of a duet arrangement of Bist Du Bei Mir by J.S. Bach she performed with her daughter Heather at our winter concerts in 2018. Even when the pandemic forced Nova to suspend rehearsals, Donna was a regular attendee at Nova music appreciation nights, which we used as a small way to connect to one another in our love for music.
Together with Cheryl Vinge, I played flute next to Donna for several years. We were ‘flute buddies’ as we liked to call it. We not only rehearsed together, but we often played duets, attended concerts and workshops. Our friendship was founded in our shared love for music, but it branched out into many aspects of life. We were frequently sharing book recommendations, recipes and Donna was always interested in what we were doing in our lives.
Donna was a supportive force, always encouraging us to try harder parts, often making us laugh with her off-hand rehearsal commentary. One Christmas she gave us all flute socks and we wore them with pride. She admired flute players like Sir James Galway and Gareth McLearnon and the frequent video shares in our Facebook messages always brought a smile to our faces followed by heated discussions about how challenging the piece would be to play.
The loss of Donna is sudden and leaves a big hole in the Nova Musica family. I do believe, however, that Donna would want us to continue to make music together and so we shall.
Nova Musica Community Orchestra would like to extend condolences to Donna’s daughter Heather, and her extended family for their loss.
Nova Musica invites you to join us for a holiday concert that showcases pageantry and music about princesses! The concert program includes music by Haydn, Rossini, Holiday classics and a medley of music from the motion picture Frozen. Join us on December 17th at 7pm at the Cité Francophone, 8627 – 91 Street. Admission is by donation. There is also a Facebook event online to share with family and friends.
Nova’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 24th during the first part of our rehearsal time.
We are putting the call out for people to stand for election to the board. The positions that have become vacant are Treasurer, Concert Coordinator, and Ways and Means. A brief description of the duties of the various board positions is available in the member handbook, which can be found in the for members section.