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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.
 
  
 
String courses offered at Lord Byng Secondary:  
  

Course Description  

Music 08/09/10/11/12: Orchestral Strings 1
Beginner (MMU--08ST1/MMU--09ST1/MMOS-
10BEG/MIMOS11BEG/MIMOSS12BEG)
Grades: 8 to 12
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA and students may be available for rental from the school
This course is designed for students to begin playing a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass, piano). Students will participate in the Fall Orchestra Retreat at Whistler and in all school concerts. Pianists apply with teacher's approval. 


Music 08/09/10/11/12: Orchestral Strings 2 Junior
(MMU--08ST2/MMU--09ST2/MMOS-
10JR/MIMOS11JR/MIMOSS12JR)
Grades: 8 to 10
Prerequisite: 2 or more years experience on a string
instrument
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA
This course is designed for students who have up to 2 years playing a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass). Students will participate in the Fall Orchestra Retreat at Whistler. Pianists apply with teacher's approval.  

Music 08/09/10/11/12: Orchestral Strings 3
Intermediate
(MMU--08ST3/MMU--09ST3/MMOS-
10INT/MIMOS11INT/MIMOSS12INT)
Grades: 8 to 12
Prerequisite: 3 years or more experience on a string instrument
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA
This course is designed for students who have at least 3 years in the VSB String Program or private instruction on the violin, iola, cello, bass, or piano. Students will learn instrumental technique, rehearsal and performance skills, and will study music from the standard orchestral repertoire. This group will participate in the Fall Orchestra Retreat at Whistler, the District Orchestra Concert at the UBC Chan Centre, and will perform in school concerts. In some years, there may be a spring competition. Pianists apply with teacher's approval.
 
Music 08/09/10/11/12: Orchestral Strings 4
Senior
(MMU--08ST4/MMU--09ST4/MMOS-
10SR/MIMOS11SR/MIMOSS12SR)
Grades: 8 to 12
Prerequisite: 4 or more years of experience on a string instrument or
permission of the teacher
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA
This course is designed for students who have had a minimum of four years in the VSB String Program or private instruction on the violin, viola, cello, bass, or piano. Students will learn advanced instrumental technique, rehearsal and performance skills, and will study music from the standard string orchestra repertoire. Opportunities will be provided for small chamber groups. This group will participate in the Fall Orchestra Retreat at Whistler, the District Orchestra Concert at the UBC Chan Centre, school concerts, and provincial competitions. Pianists apply with teacher's approval.
 
Music 08/09/10/11/12: Orchestra Junior Honour
(MMU--08JHO/MMU--09JHO/MMOS-10JHO/YVPA-1HJHO/YVPA-2HJHO)
Grades: 8 to 10                                                                                      
Prerequisite: Appropriate experience, motivation, and by audition
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA 
Unique to Lord Byng, this course is designed for highly motivated junior students to work as a chamber ensemble on more advanced repertoire, to be prepared to work independently with student leaders and to perform with or without a conductor. The Honour Orchestra will participate in the Fall Orchestra Retreat at Whistler, the District Orchestra at the UBC Chan Centre, the Kiwanis Festival, provincial and national competitions, and in some years, international competitions (Portland, Seattle and Atlanta), and will form the core group for a String Tour (TBA). Pianists apply with teacher's approval. 
 
Music 08/09/10/11/12: Orchestra Senior Honour (Off Timetable)
(MMU--08JSHO/MMU--09SHO/MMOS-10SHO/YVPA-1HSHO/YVPA-2HSHO)
Grades: 10 to 12                                                                                    
Prerequisite: Appropriate experience, motivation, and by audition
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA 
Unique to Lord Byng, this course is designed for highly motivated senior students to work as a chamber ensemble on more advanced repertoire, to be prepared to work independently with student leaders and to perform with or without a conductor. The Honour Orchestra will participate in the Fall Orchestra Retreat at Whistler, the District Orchestra at the UBC Chan Centre, the Kiwanis Festival, national (provincial) competitions, and in some years, international competitions (Portland, Seattle and Atlanta) and will form the core group for a String Tour (TBA). Pianists apply with teacher's approval. 
 
Peer Tutoring 12 (Strings) (YIPS-2BPT)                       
Grades: 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Permission from instructor, and enrolled in strings 
Students enrolled are teaching assistants: tutoring, coaching, and demonstrating musical ideas to younger music students. Advanced music students will be given opportunities to learn conducting techniques and apply them in class.
 
Music 08/09/10/11/12: Symphony Senior
(YVPA-0ASRS/YVPA-1ASRS/YVPA-2ASRS)
Grades: primarily 10 to 12                                                                 
Prerequisite: Byng Arts; by audition only; At least three years of previous experience of which at least two must be at the secondary level or directors’ approval
Corequisite: Enrolled in another music class concurrently.
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA 
The Lord Byng Symphony combines advanced members of both the Band and String programs to form a Symphony Orchestra. This course is unique within the School District and offers students an excellent opportunity to perform some of the vast orchestral repertoire.
 
Music 08/09/10/11/12: Symphony Junior (Off TT)
(MMU--08JRS/MMU--09JRS/YVPA-0AJRS/YVPA-1AJRS/YVPA-2AJRS)
Grades: primarily 8 to 10
Prerequisite: two or more years of previous experience, Directors’ approval
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA 
The Lord Byng Junior Symphony combines members of both the Band and String programs to form a junior level symphony.  This course is unique within the School District and offers students an excellent opportunity to perform full orchestral repertoire.