Laurier Honour String Orchestra

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MusicFest Canada, “The Nationals” invites you to audition for the Laurier Honour String Orchestra, an honour group for students 14 to 24.  The 2024 LHSO will rehearse with the world-renowned Penderecki String Quartet in the preparation and perform with the quartet in the presentation of string orchestra masterworks.  All LHSO musicians will receive a sectional/masterclass from a member of the Quartet:

Jerzy Kapłanek, violin

Jeremy Bell, violin

Christine Vlajk, viola

Katie Schlaikjer, cello 

The ensemble will rehearse from Sunday, May 12th to Friday, May 17th in Toronto, culminating with a feature concert.

Participation in the LHSO includes eligibility for some of more than $50,000 of industry-sponsored scholarships.

Auditions close on March 1, 2024.  The fee for successful applicants is $60.


Accommodations for out-of-town honour ensemble members have been arranged at the University of Toronto.  Honour ensemble members are encouraged to stay at the university, but ARE NOT required to do so.

MusicFest is subsidizing the cost to have participants reside close to the rehearsal locations. Because of this subsidy, they are limited to members of the honour groups and can only be booked through the MusicFest Canada office. These arrangements are limited to six (6) nights only. For those wishing to stay at the university, the cost is $499.00 for the week. If you have a preference for the person sharing the room, that can be indicated on your online registration if you are accepted into the ensemble.

Check In: Sunday, May 12, 2024 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Check Out: Saturday, May 18, 2024 11:00am

Transportation to and from Toronto is the responsibility of each individual musician. Any honour ensemble member travelling by air to Toronto will be met promptly by MusicFest staff either wearing a MusicFest T-shirt and/or carrying a MusicFest sign. 

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