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Arts Council grant music to students’ ears

By Nicole Fitzgerald

The Alta Lake Waldorf School will expand the school’s Grade 8 Music program thanks to new funding from the Whistler Arts Council.

“The grant will allow students to expand their repertoire to new instruments such as the cello and the double bass — their renewed enthusiasm is infectious,” said principal Michelle Kirkegaard.

The Whistler Arts Council awarded a $700 grant to Whistler’s only Waldorf school, to fund new instrumental rentals until the end of the school year.

Thanks to the talents of music teacher Beth Solem most Alta Lake Grade 8 students have studied violin since Grade 4. The group is currently working on an ambitious performance of Johann Pachelbel’s cannon in D major.

Waldorf students partake in recorder playing until Grade 3 then move onto studies in violin and music theory in Grades 4 through 8.

Learn more about the Waldorf school at an open house this Saturday, March 31 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the school located in Spruce Grove Park. Kirkegaard will present a talk on Parenting Rhythmically and Artistically.

“The Waldorf philosophy views education as an art so each subject is presented through art, poetry, drama, music and movement,” Kirkegaard said. “The teacher’s aim is to draw out the child’s inherent capacities by creating an atmosphere in the classroom that fills the child with interest, wonder and enthusiasm.”


The art of fundraising

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival organizers introduced a new art competition called Poster Duke-Out this year to raise funds for local charities the Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) animal shelter and Zero Ceiling.

A worldwide call was put out for artists to design a souvenir poster for the festival with sales benefiting the two local non-profit organizations.

Even though artist Vas Goulopoulos had never been to Whistler, the Toronto designer still managed to capture the festival’s essence by producing the winning artwork, called Chaotic Hollywood.

The professional designer at was excited to branch his skill sets into something more outlandishly creative.

“I preoccupy myself designing for this medium in my leisure time,” said the former skateboarder who sought to capture the festival’s high octane, explosive and extreme elements.

Five hundred copies of the limited edition posters will be printed with vegetable dyes on recycled paper and sold during the festival.

WAG, a no-kill animal shelter, cares for unwanted cats and dogs from Whistler to Mount Currie.


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