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The Lord Byng Strings Program is under the direction of Odette Kurth.  

Romanian-born violinist Odette Creanga-Kurth earned her musical education at the Music Conservatory of Bucharest University, the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and Boston University. Ms. Kurth has been concertmaster for the Spoleto Festival Dei Due Mondi, and Boston Opera Company, and a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, and CBC Radio Orchestra.
 
Since 2000 Ms. Kurth has focused her efforts on teaching, and she has directed the Lord Byng Strings Program since 2002. Lord Byng string orchestras have now won 25 Kiwanis Festival Gold Awards (Provincial Competition) and three Gold Awards from the MusicFest National Competition. In 2008 the Lord Byng Honour Orchestra was awarded First Prize at the North West Orchestra Competition in Portland. Both the Lord Byng Junior Honour Orchestra and the Lord Byng Senior Honour Orchestra received the highest accolades at the Heritage Music Festival in Seattle in 2010.
 
In March 2014, under the baton of Odette Kurth, the flagship orchestra, the Senior Honours Orchestra, competed in the National School Orchestra Finals in the prestigious Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, in New York City. This orchestra competed against several American orchestras and was crowned 1st place champion of the 2014 Orchestra Cup. Trophies brought back include the National Orchestra Cup, Best Solo Violinist Award and Best String Orchestra Award.  Read more about this HERE.
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Please refer to the Course Planning Booklet for more detailed course information.